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Thursday, December 24, 2009 wildbrat, Community Member, asks

Q: what could be causing stabbing pain in the thigh area?

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?

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Karen Lee Richards, Health Guide
12/30/09 12:16am

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.  Here is an image that will help you see that nerve:  Meralgia Paresthetica Image


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.  Here is a link to more information:  Meralgia Paresthetica


melodyeco, Community Member
1/19/14 9:31pm

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.  

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By wildbrat, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/21/14, First Published: 12/24/09