What Causes Stabbing Pain In The Upper Thigh?

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Asked by wildbrat

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?

Answer

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.

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