I have chronic low-back pain and hip pain, but sometimes I also have a stabbing pain in the upper side of my thigh. Does anyone know what it might be?
If the pain is on the outer part of your thigh, it could be something called meralgia paresthetica. Meralgia paresthetica is caused by a compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which is a sensory nerve to the upper thigh.
Although the pain is usually described in medical books as burning or tingling with numbness, patients also sometimes describe it as stabbing. Actually, I have meralgia paresthetica myself and sometimes it does feel like a stabbing, sharp pain.
Since this pain is caused by a compressed nerve, treatment is aimed at relieving that compression. Some of the best things you can do are lose weight (if you need to), wear looser clothing, and use pain relievers. Tricyclic antidepressants and anti-seizure medications may help ease pain if OTC anti-inflammatories don't work.
Tricyclic antidepressants – for pain relief
• Anti-seizure medication (like Neurontin) – for pain relief
Using Tylenol responsibly
Why yoga may soothe chronic pain
This could be a Vitamin B12 deficiency. My stabbing thigh pain started Tuesday morning, eight days after donating blood. I saw both a doctor and a nurse practitioner who could tell me nothing. I searched and searched on the internet and finally found one cause that could be a Vitamin B12 deficiency. So i started taking B12 on Tuesday evening, and it totally cured the pain. I am now painfree. After taking two B12s, one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday, i had my blood tested for B12 levels, and it showed them as normal. People asked me why i didn't wait to have it tested before i started taking the B12, and i explained that no one wants to feel that pain for any longer than they need to. Please try B12. For at least a few days. I'm mostly vegan so i know i'm supposed to be taking B12, and i do occasionally, but not religiiously, and this painful episode showed me the reason i need to be more careful. Try it.