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Hi Everyone. First let me just THANK YOU all for adding your experiences here. It's really helped with my own. Okay, so here's my story. My dent is just in my left leg, and it appeared out of nowhere just yesterday. After being freaked out a bit and then finding all your posts, I calmed down. Then this morning, much to my surprise (as other people have said), I was brushing and flossing my teeth and looked down to find that I instinctively lean up against the sink with the left side of my body... Yep, and after checking and lining it up, my dent is right where the edge of the sink hits my thigh, and the exact thickness as well!

So, after reading everyone's posts, I'm going to put a couple people's theories together here... About two years ago, I was in an accident and badly bruised my thigh right there. I think that this is, indeed, a fat atrophy thing along with the "vanident" theory that someone else came up with. I think that if you have had either an accident/bruise on your thigh, or had injections of steroids or something else there, then our thigh fat tissue has been weakened and then after constant and repeated pressure in the same place over time, it has displaced or atrophied the fat there, which was already weak. Hence, the dent! :bouncing:

Well, it's just my theory (and I am not a doctor), but it seems to make sense after reading everyone's varying stories. Seems to bring them all together. Hope that helps some other people in the future. All your posts certainly helped me. Thanks again, and if you want to contact me to discuss more, just post here and I'll check back once in awhile. Plus, I'll be going to the doctor for a regular check up soon and I'll ask him as well. But I'm not rushing to the emergency room! ;)

Your Fellow-Dented Friend,
Fickle P
Hi,

I've just joined this forum to let people know that I have a similar problem and recently discovered it's called [B]morphea[/B]. I developed an oval-shaped dent in my left buttock and a line on my right thigh very rapidly over the summer and have been prescribed a steriod cream. I doubt they will actually disappear but it's good to know that this is not life-threatening, although frustrating cosmetically. I found this website helpful: [url]http://www.emedicine.com/DERM/topic272.htm[/url]

Good luck everyone!
Well, isn't this hilarious? I noticed the dent in the right thigh while in the shower the other day and freaked out. However, it wasn't bruised, sore, red, bumpy...nothing! I did come up with the theory that it was my new bathroom sink (vanity mirror to the left) because my dent fit perfectly with the sink, but it still freaked me out because I thought "there's no way a sink can change the shape of my body!" I found this thread of posts today and laughed out loud when I read about the Vanident? because my husband and I did the same thing! But, then I saw Laurie's post from Michigan and how she's in a wheelchair...and being semi-hypochondriac...I feel like I should get it checked out...because over the summer I had a weird tingly/falling asleep/restless-but-not feeling in my right leg that I asked the doctor about but she assured me that it was probably a pinched nerve and that taking aspirin and resting the leg should help. She didn't think it was herniated discs, etc. because I didn't have lower back pain. Well, that issue went away over a month ago, but then a week ago I noticed the dent.

I'm sure if I went back to the doctor, she will say the same thing "I've never seen this. Keep track for a couple months and then come back..." But, maybe just for peace of mind I do it anyway. I can spare a copay to see the doctor.

Thanks for the posts. I'm not alone! {big smile}
You have no idea how relieved I was to find this thread! I am 28 years old and pretty fit - I ran the London Marathon last year. I suddenly noticed a deep indentation on my right thigh and a fainter dent on my left thigh at exactly the same height. The earlier description of being like an invisible rope wrapped around my legs was exactly correct. I have had no injections of anything, am not on steroids, have never had surgery and there has been no trauma. I was completely baffled until I read the post about the 'vanity' indentations. I stood up at my desk at work and hey presto, the thin edge of my desk is at exactly the same level as the indentations!! I am constantly standing up to chat to collegues in the neighbouring pod. The desk curves towards me on the right, hence the deeper groove on that side. So, mystery solved. Now...does anyone know how to get rid of them?!
I discovered an indentation going across the front of my upper right thigh about two weeks ago. As I passed my hand on the front of my thigh I felt the indentation. I first thought it was because my pantyhose was slipping and was squeezing my leg (some of them are so tight). However, I did not have on a pantyhose that day. It does not hurt or anything. I just feel "damaged".

I started working out with a personal trainer about a week or two before I felt this dent. He had me doing squats and other things. I went to the doctor and she had me take an x-ray (still waiting for results) and I have an MRI scheduled for next week. She said she does not think it's anything. I asked the opinion of another doctor and he thought it might have to do with a redistribution of fat. I am not fat though. I am slim.

I find it amazing how the internet can provide more information than these doctors. I think doctors should have a pc in their offices and when a patient comes in with a "strange" problem, they should tell the patient: "hold on--let's see if other people are experiencing this thing." :)
Hi Everyone; I was amazed on how many have this problem. I've had this dent in my left thigh for quite a while, at times it would ache me terribly like it did last night, all the way down my leg. I would take an advil and it would calm it down. I am on my feet 8 to 10 hours a day, which I thought was causing it, but now am unsure. I do have fybro, don't take any medicaiton, yet, cept advil. I did have back surgery 3 years ago, but don't remember any steroids. I am off to the doctors today to see what he thinks about this. Am wondering if I should set off to see the fibro doctor also.
Thank goodness I found this site! Now I don't feel alone :)
Will let you know what the doctors says.
V
[QUOTE=ficklep;2232170]Hi Everyone. First let me just THANK YOU all for adding your experiences here. It's really helped with my own. Okay, so here's my story. My dent is just in my left leg, and it appeared out of nowhere just yesterday. After being freaked out a bit and then finding all your posts, I calmed down. Then this morning, much to my surprise (as other people have said), I was brushing and flossing my teeth and looked down to find that I instinctively lean up against the sink with the left side of my body... Yep, and after checking and lining it up, my dent is right where the edge of the sink hits my thigh, and the exact thickness as well!

So, after reading everyone's posts, I'm going to put a couple people's theories together here... About two years ago, I was in an accident and badly bruised my thigh right there. I think that this is, indeed, a fat atrophy thing along with the "vanident" theory that someone else came up with. I think that if you have had either an accident/bruise on your thigh, or had injections of steroids or something else there, then our thigh fat tissue has been weakened and then after constant and repeated pressure in the same place over time, it has displaced or atrophied the fat there, which was already weak. Hence, the dent! :bouncing:

Well, it's just my theory (and I am not a doctor), but it seems to make sense after reading everyone's varying stories. Seems to bring them all together. Hope that helps some other people in the future. All your posts certainly helped me. Thanks again, and if you want to contact me to discuss more, just post here and I'll check back once in awhile. Plus, I'll be going to the doctor for a regular check up soon and I'll ask him as well. But I'm not rushing to the emergency room! ;)

Your Fellow-Dented Friend,
Fickle P[/QUOTE]

I have the same strange indentation (on both thighs but very much more pronounced on the right thigh). I've had no trauma to my thighs/legs in the past but in common with quite a lot of other posts on this subject these indents only appeared after I'd started doing a lot of regular exercise - after having not done any at all. I started going to the Gym 3-4 times a week since January 2008 and they appeared at the beginning of March.

I attribute them to running on the treadmill (for 20 mins at a time each session) and/or by using the Abductor/Adductor leg weights apparatus. Not sure why they happened to me though as I am not overweight or anything.

In common with others, I was referred to a specialist (a top Orthopaedic Surgeon) who admitted that he'd never seen anything like this before and, even after a MRI scan, thankfully nothing abnormal was discovered. So, it remains just an unexplained mystery....

I would like to know whether your doctor suggested any explanation during your regular check-up? Also, is your indent still there (as its now been some time since the date of your posting)?

Hope all is well with you.

A newly-indented Gym user
Hello Everyone,

My name is “Kln” and it looks like I join the ranks of "The Dented".

I am a 48 y/o female and have had the "dents" in both thighs for several months now. My right "dent" is larger and deeper than the left. It is most noticeable when lying on my side or standing up.

I experience a stinging sort of tingle in the right one at times but more often than not it is tender to the touch and burns. Sometimes the pain radiates to my knee in a single, thin, sort of line. The left "dent" is tender to the touch only, so far. There is no skin discoloration or change in temperature in or around either “dent

As for my health, I am not overweight, I am not athletic, I do eat healthy for the most part, am not anemic nor on any kind of meds or OTC meds, nor have I had any steroid shots. I do smoke but do not drink. I do not lean against any counter, vanity or desktop. I work in my yard for physical activity but do not exercise on a regular basis.

I have had restless leg syndrome for over 20 years as well as burning, numbness and tingling in my feet for a couple of years now.

Recently (within the last 2 months) I was diagnosed with Dupuytren's Contracture, an autoimmune disease that causes the fingers to contract towards the palms. There is no known cause and no known cure, it is thought to be hereditary and is more prominent in men than in women.

I am curious to see if anyone has had a definitive diagnosis for these “dents”. I do not have health insurance so going from doctor to doctor and having multiple tests is not an option for me at this point.

Any information would be greatly appreciated.


Kln the dented.
I too have joined the elite 'Dented'! About four weeks ago a dent appeared on my right thigh measuring approx 4 inches across and one inch wide, there is also a smaller one on my left thigh but this is only about one inch long. It looks like I have been whacked across the front of my legs with a cane! There is no pain or discomfort but I am concious of their appearance as it is visible through my jeans. My GP said it was probably fat atrophy, but reading some of your accounts I have not had any steroid injections or anything similar that could explain this. I am so glad I am not the only one out there with oddly shaped legs!!:wave:
Hi, new dent member back again. I have been investigating the 'vanident' theory and I can say that mine are not caused by my sink as that is about two inches lower than my dents, and neither is it caused by sitting at my desk at work because most of the day I am standing or walking around. Still puzzled:confused:
I have the same thing. All of a sudden I have a dent in my upper thigh about 3 inches above my knee. Then I noticed that this is exactly where I press the car steering wheel then I'm using my hands. (I know, dumb idea!). But after years of doing this the tissue now has a huge indention and it's driving me nuts. I catch myself trying to do this all the time when I've driving. I have of course stopped, but wonder if this dent is here forever!
Mine is still there and I'm also freaking out! I constantly catch myself trying to use my hands while driving and press the stearing wheel against my leg in the same place. I have decided I just know all the years of doing this has caused this ugle dent in my leg. I quit doing it but wonder if the indention will ever go away. I drive 1 1/2 hrs round trip daily. Well, at least I feel better now and quit worrying I have some type of disease. These post really helped calm me to see that this has happened to others.
Hi all,

I'm a new entrant into the dented upper thigh family. I noticed mine about a week ago, it's horizontal, about 3 inches down from my hip bone, and only on the left thigh.

It's quite pronounced, particularly when I'm standing and my muscles are taut. I like most of you, was freaking out wondering if I had some unknown muscle wastage disease, but there is no pain, no colour change, no defined edges, no injury or open wound, nothing.

I've just checked against my bathroom counter, not a match for me. My thighs don't regularly press on anything that I can think of. I've never had steroid injections, although several years ago I was on Depo provera for about 18 months. I'm 26, have never had children, am about 5 kilos over weight, but not fat.

I woke up one morning and found the dent there, I thought maybe it was a pressure dent as well, and that it would pop out, but it hasn't. It'll look strange in a bikini, but I'd rather go swimming than hide it.

The only thing I can think of is that I went out for a long slow ride on my horse which I hadn't done for a long time about 2 days prior to appearance of said 'dent'.

My theory is that it's damaged fat cells, although I don't know what from. I'd be interested to know if there is anyone with medical training on here that can advise about fat cell distribution in thighs? Perhaps there's a common 'band' of cells that people are experiencing degenerating? Maybe these cells have a pre-programmed cell death signal in some of us (like the webbing between your fingers you have when you're a foetus that disappears before birth)?

If I do go to the Dr about this, I'll be printing out some of these threads to take along. Someone needs to do a study on this!
my bruised dent showed up a few months ago and i'm so relieved to find this board! i have been so worried that it was some muscle wasting disease. i am healthy and have no other issues to didn't want to start now! i'm 2 busy! thanks all!
Thank you all for your information. I'm new to this site and my daughter is 20 and has this same dent on her upper right thigh. I thought it was very weird and she has gone to the doctor before and she said that the doctor didn't seem concerned and only said, "well, that's the new you!" Oookay, I wish I had gone with her because I would have probed for more info on it. We're both concerned and unfortunately my daughter doesn't have insurance right now. I will be going back to her and asking about the vanity theory because she has spent many a day/hour/etc. in the mirror doing hair, eyebrows, you name it. She has a small frame, nowhere near being overweight and therefore the dent is very prominent when standing. I want to help her because she is a definite hypochondriac and has other things going on as well. I will be happy to let her know, though, that she is not alone. Please provide any medical updates here if you have any and I'd be particulary interested to know how to fix or reverse this strange occurrence. Thanks!
I just noticed i had a dent in my outer right thigh, was freaking out about it for 3 days and have only tonight had internet access. After reading all the posts, I was racking my brain to think where I might have leant on my thigh, was imagining myself at work and at home, in my car and for ages couldn't imagine where this table top or sink might have been. And then it hit me.

I've started smoking near my bedroom window and I lean against the radiator!!! I jumped out of bed to check the height of it and sure enough, it fits EXACTLY where my dent is!!! How annoying that I've done this to myself!! At least we now know how to cure cellulite, if it gets pressure over time it breaks down. I am so relieved to know it's nothing serious but also annoyed that it was my fault. So even if you can't think where you might have been leaning it is most likely this that has caused it...hope this helps!!
[QUOTE=ficklep;2232170]Hi Everyone. First let me just THANK YOU all for adding your experiences here. It's really helped with my own. Okay, so here's my story. My dent is just in my left leg, and it appeared out of nowhere just yesterday. After being freaked out a bit and then finding all your posts, I calmed down. Then this morning, much to my surprise (as other people have said), I was brushing and flossing my teeth and looked down to find that I instinctively lean up against the sink with the left side of my body... Yep, and after checking and lining it up, my dent is right where the edge of the sink hits my thigh, and the exact thickness as well!

So, after reading everyone's posts, I'm going to put a couple people's theories together here... About two years ago, I was in an accident and badly bruised my thigh right there. I think that this is, indeed, a fat atrophy thing along with the "vanident" theory that someone else came up with. I think that if you have had either an accident/bruise on your thigh, or had injections of steroids or something else there, then our thigh fat tissue has been weakened and then after constant and repeated pressure in the same place over time, it has displaced or atrophied the fat there, which was already weak. Hence, the dent! :bouncing:

Well, it's just my theory (and I am not a doctor), but it seems to make sense after reading everyone's varying stories. Seems to bring them all together. Hope that helps some other people in the future. All your posts certainly helped me. Thanks again, and if you want to contact me to discuss more, just post here and I'll check back once in awhile. Plus, I'll be going to the doctor for a regular check up soon and I'll ask him as well. But I'm not rushing to the emergency room! ;)

Your Fellow-Dented Friend,
Fickle P[/QUOTE]

:wave: I read these posts after finding something similar on my arm. I got a diagnosis and wanted to share it b/c I, too, was nervous. (But I was not leaning my arm on anything). Mine is "localized liprodystrophy" from a steroid shot given a month ago due to pneumonia. It's a rare reaction and I can't find out much else about it. Like: Will it get bigger? Will it keep hurting? Will it go away? (My doc had only read about this condition & did not know these answers). Can anyone relay to me if they've had this & if they know the answers?
[FONT="Comic Sans MS"][COLOR="Indigo"]Hello all!
I woke up this morning with a "Vanident". Thanks to the guy who used this term here! This is actually a great term for it.
I had spent a lot more time leaning over the sink last night. When I woke up this morning I noticed a dent in my left thigh. I thought it might be a fatty lipoma (I've had 2), but it wasn't circular/egg shaped and it doesn't move under the skin like one. I thought it might be some sort of flat type tumor as well. Glad I found this site, because I am convinced it's from leaning on the sink. (It is in the perfect spot)
Just FYI, I am 5' 5" and about 137lbs. I lost about 35lbs about a year ago and have kept it off. I recently became physically active by taking Taekwando, etc.
I am 39 and notice that my skin and the fat underneath are not as resilient as they used to be. I also haven't been one to put on a lot of makeup and have recently started in the last year. Guess I will be finding a new way of applying makeup without leaning on the sink. Also, for those who might be interested. I think by rubbing Emu oil into the area on a daily basis may speed the progress of filling in the dent. I am going to try this and I will update with how long it takes.
Emu oil helps thicken skin (yes I know, not fat) and is an anti-inflammatory as well.[/COLOR][/FONT];)
Hi everyone.
Just wanted to see if anyone is still posting on here?
I have the exact same thing too.. I've had my dent for around over a month now :dizzy:
I moved in october so Ive had to have my computor in my room, and I bought a new chair, wich I used to lean on LOADS!! for ages!! hours and hours lol. So Im guessing that's the cause? anyway, I went to my doctors, she just said its probably the muscle and it can take months to go back to normal :mad:
but hey ho, Im kind of glad! im a total hypocondriac all sorts was running through my mind!
but also, around march/april I'd been going to the gym alot, really pushing myself on the bike so I'm thinking maybe I really made my leg kind of vunerable for something like this to happen maybe? anyway, get back to me! I want to hear from more of you fellow dented people..
:)
Just wanted to give an update!
I quit leaning on my leg (takes conscious effort) and after a few months, my dent is entirely gone.Thank goodness that is all that it takes to get rid of it. So, never fear, you just have to pay attention and not lean into the counter/table with your legs! ;)





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