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I have pain in my upper left leg. Like a tingling of pinching

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I have pain in my upper left leg. Like a tingling of pinching feeling.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 6 years ago.
Hello

Is it he thigh area or below the knee?
Since how long?

Thanks
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
the thigh area
Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 6 years ago.
Is it the front and side of upper thigh?

Thanks
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

the side of upper thigh

Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 6 years ago.

This seems to be a case of Meralgia Paresthetica.

In this disease the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve is compressed by inguinal ligament leading to the type of pain described by you.

Treatment is

  • You can get a prescription for drugs used for nerve pain like Gabapentin ,Pregabalin etc. from your doctor.
  • You can get a steroid injection in the area where the nerve gets compressed.

According to me the latter option is the more effective one.

If this treatment is not effective a surgery is required but that is very rare.

Other possible but less likely cause is compression on the nerve supplying the area in lower spine by a prolapsed disc.Diagnosis of this cause would need a MRI of lumbar spine but initial treatment using anti inflammatory analgesics like Motrin is successful in most cases.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
So you dont think its a blood clot or a clogged artery or anything like that?
Expert:  Dr.Sawhney replied 6 years ago.
No it does not seem like a blood clot or a clogged artery.
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