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When I stand in one spot for more than a couple of minutes, the upper part of my left leg (thigh) goes numb. Can you tell me what would cause this? As long as I walk or keep moving, it doesn’t bother me though.

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    9 10

    I too have upper thigh numbness. My left thigh area has been numb for 8 years now. A Constant numb, sometimes it feels like someone is pouring ice cold water down my leg, sometimes it feels like something crawling on me, and at other times it feels like it’s burning, I mean on FIRE. Then I started having severe burning pains in my lower back that shot down my left buttock area and threw the numbness in my thigh, almost unbearable pain. I had an MRI done and there was no nerve being pinched, but there was lower disc bulges in L3-L4, L4-L5 and mild protrusion in L5-S1. I have been going to physical therapy for 3 weeks, 3 times a week, so far there has been no improvement. The doctor’s and physical therapist have no clues yet as to whats acytually causing the numbness. Will keep ya posted when I find something out…….

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    9 10

    i am having some numbness in the upper left leg the length is 20.2in and the width is 10.1in what do I do should I go to the emergency room to have it looked at to see what is wrong or should I make an emergency appointment with my new doctor to see what she can tell me what is wrong why I am having this problem I am diabetic could it have something to do with that its only in one spot its where the leg ends and the hip begins

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    9 10

    ABOUT 2 WKS. AGO SOME WEAKNESS IN THIGH OF LEFT LEG. NO PROBLEMS WALKING BUT DIFFICULTY CLIMBING STAIRS AND GETTING OUT OF CHAIR. NO PAIN AT ALL.

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    9 10

    mine was numb then all of a sudden something in my lower back popped! and its a lot better. I think it was a pinched nerve, the mussel in my leg was sore for 2 weeks after but its getting better now, the nembness is going away, working its way down to my foot!

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    9 10

    When I lay on my right side, the right side of my leg gets numb from my hip down. What causes that?

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    9 10

    After suffering for years with leg numbness (see my earlier posts), I have found a solution that has worked for me The alignment in my body was terrible and was manifested through numbness in my leg, foot pain, and I even suffered from a bit of carpal syndrome in my hands. NO MORE! Anyone can do these moves and restore your body. I hope you’ll try it because it sure has helped me to trust that when my body hurts it is a SIGNAL and I CAN fix it.

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    9 10

    yeah mine isnt tingling or anything its just numb and its been like that for a while now.wtf.

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    9 10

    I was normal until I decided to play a game of football. After the game, I had sever hip and back pains. The pain eventually subsided after which when I stand-up on one spot or walk for more than 10 minutes, I start feeling pain on my left leg, accompanying by numbness. The pain and numbness become more severe should I continue walking or standind. As soon as I sit down, this pain and numbness go away rather fast. Usually the pain is completely gone within a spell of about 5 minutes. I went and saw a sports doctor and he prescribed for me some medication. I have finished the medication, not to mention that I had to pay him rather handsomely for consultation, but my proble has not gone away. Please tell me what could have gone wrong as I am now getting worried.
    Thank you
    MO

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    9 10

    I started with a numbness in my upper left leg. It seems to be associated with just the outside muscle. I also get a burning sensation just above the knee. It began in mid-July and the nubness is still there. I have been experiencing back pain for the past few yaers, but nothing like this has ever happened. Heat seems to make things worse. Any ideas what is causing this?

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    9 10

    Let me know if you still have this condition and how long hou have been living with it. It been about a year for me . Need to know what youve done to cure

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    9 10

    Hi friends, Read this explanation on Wikipedia (images too!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meralgia_paraesthetica Or if the link does not work, go to www. wikipedia. com and type in Meralgia parethetica

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    9 10

    Well it has been two years since I posted a message about my numb thigh and I still do not have a cure.My early symptoms were hot/cold sensations, itching & pain in a large area on the front of my thigh above the knee – all symptoms of a nerve being pinched somewhere. It feels numb more towards the outside than inside of the thigh. I have tried chiro., orthotics, discontinuing use of a laptop, pilates and losing weight. I still believe chiropractic will cure it. I also think strengthening the abdomen and back with stretching can help.If someone has one of those machines that tips you over and stretches you, please post if that helps at all.

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    9 10

    I have this too, it started just about a month ago as I changed jobs and now stand on my feet about 10 hours a day. Patsy described it the best that is exactly what’s happening to me.

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    9 10

    I have the same thing for 6 months have u found out anything about this i’ve has testicular ultra sound ct scan abdominal and pelvis blood and urine analysis antibiotics std testing all to no avail

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    9 10

    I have just recently been having a numb almost fallen asleep feeling in my left upper leg/thigh also sometimes the feeling moves down to my knee. I wondered if maybe it was a side effect of a medication I take. The only thing that I have recently been taking is my birth control. I looked up my pill on line and leg and arm numbness is a severe side effect. I still have yet to talk to my docter but if this is the cause then maybe your numbness is also a side effect of some kind of medication you are taking. I hope this was a help to someone.

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    9 10

    Hi everyone out there. I too have been looking for answers about my left thigh for many years. I have numbness in my upper left thigh for about 10 years and I also have tingling and numbness with a sensitivity to temperture. When my thigh itch I’m afraid to scratch because it appears that I may pull the skin off. It’s sensitive to touch and after standing or walking for long periods of time, my leg begins to feel like thousands of needles is sticking me with a burning sensation that begins just above the knee on the outside of my thigh. It also becomes worst in extreme temperatures hot or cold. When I complain to my doctor, I don’t get any response. I believe too that it is a neurological condition that they (doctors) don’t have answers for yet. I’ll continue to look for a name and treatment I could live with. Right now, I’m just tired of this condition! Comments?

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    9 10

    I’m a 26 year-old male. I’ve had an office job for 5 years and just started a manual labor job that requires lots of bending, pushing, pulling, and lifting heavy objects repeatedly. I’ve noticed the past 2 weeks that the top of my left thigh has gone numb, about the size of my fist. I can’t pinpoint what has caused the problem, but here is a list of potential causes
    2. I experienced fatigue in my legs when I first started the job, especially an old injury in my left hamstring that causes tightness. I started concentrating on stretching my hamstring AND quads every morning before work, perhaps overstretching my left side, causing muscle or nerve damage.
    3. I had to climb onto a structure at work to fetch a few items, and on the climb down, I hopped down about 2-3 feet to the ground. I noticed some back discomfort during the day, but perhaps it pinched a nerve to my leg.
    4. Sometimes at my old job, I would shoot videos at events which required standing for hours. I would notice discomfort in my left hip due to the way I lean when working a camera. Perhaps this helped lead to the problem I am having now.
    5. I used to have chafing/itching sensations on both my thighs when I took a shower which promoted the urge to scratch, on rare instances the scratches would break the skin and bleed. Perhaps I damaged the nerves in my left thigh this way. I doubt this is the cause though. I’m really thinking it’s a nerve problem that is originating from my lower back due to the new stress I’ve exposed my body to with the new job. I’ll experience a back pain at work from time to time, but the back pain is usually gone by the next day. My left thigh numbness is the only consistent symptom that I have that may indicate a potential serious back problem. My leg is not in pain, it’s more of an ever so slight burning sensation, like a last-stage recovering burn, mostly just numbness. I notice the most discomfort when I flex my legs by standing on my toes and arch my back slightly.

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    9 10

    I am 27 and I am having the same thing, in certain spots of my back hurts even to the touch, but also my left outer thigh like in a big oval will go numb, like it is asleep, then sometimes it will burn like it is on fire, and then last night when I was asleep I turned over and it just felt like my leg ripped open, IT HURT BAD.

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    9 10

    I am a 41 year old male that has left thigh numbness. 13 years ago I had a L4,L5-S1 fusion, Although sense the fusion I’ve had no real problems.About 3 weeks ago, I fell off of a 8 Ft. ladder onto a floor transformer;onto my lowback, sensored area, sense then my left thigh has been numb. I have done some research,and found out there is a nerve lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh also known as (Lateral femoral cutaneous) is a cutaneous nerve that innnervates the skin on the lateral part of the thigh. I have not yet had an MRI yet,I’ll post the results when done. Feel free to do some research on this nerve, I think it’s what my problem is.

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    9 10

    I have upper right leg numbness, especially when I stand still. I have been waking at night with pain in the highest part of my upper thigh.Any ideas?? I haven’t seen a doctor yet, I guess I’m hoping that it will go away.

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    9 10

    WOW…THE NUMBNESS IN MY UPPER LEFT LEG IS STILL THERE…. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY….AND AFTER READING ALL THESE RE’S:….I’M GOING BLIND!!!!!

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    9 10

    I had written here before, back in August. But I wanted to share this new information I found in an article. Numbness can also be caused by Cholestrol Medications. Especially the statins. It can happen over time, and different parts of the body can get numb, mostly legs, arms etc. Hope this helps. Trisha

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    9 10

    This sounds like it could be Meralgia Paresthetica. Check out this webiste: https://www.dynamicchiropractic.com/mpacms/dc/article.php?id=43404

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    9 10

    Just started this weekend after some heavier than normal work around the house. First noticed when I took ~ 1/2 hour out to talk to a neighbor and thought it was due to standing still. 2 days now and it doesn’t go away.A friend said he had the same problem and had it corrected by the chiropracter, he also claimed that laying on the floor flat on back would alleviate. No luck so far.

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      9 10

      I have the same problem. Started last yearwhen I would stand for more than a half hour then it stopped. Just the quad muscle. Thought it was due to standing. Now I am pregnant and it is happening everyday and I only have to be standing for about 2-3 minutes and it’s not going away when I sit or lay down.Anyone having any luck finding out what the cause is??

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    9 10

    I have leg numbness in my upper left leg. It is from standing too long. Just like others here, it doesn’t happen when walking but does when standing or when walking slowly around a store. I think it is nerve related. I have a a disc in my back that is losing its elasticity. I think the leg issue is a nerve issue related to this disc bulging and hardening.

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    9 10

    Update:….Well my husband went for his follow up. The Dr. could find nothing wrong. The Dr. basically said it could probably go away on its own. The Dr. himself had numbness at one time, almost his whole leg. It went away.If something is pressing on the leg, tight clothes, etc…that could cause it. Now my husband thinks its the chair he sits on at work, because of whre his leg rests on it. Thats it…!

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    9 10

    My husband has this also. Its his left leg. They did all the nerve testing…ncs, eng etc. Came up nothing. Now the is going back to his regular Dr. for a follow-up. Personally, I think he has nerve damage from doing some heavy work outside. But will keep you all posted after his Dr. appoint.

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    9 10

    This is exactly the symptoms I’m experiencing. Thank you for finding this, I feel much better now. It always seems to come on me when I’m cooking something that requires an extended period of standing. At least now I feel like it’s a benign issue, but I will still mention it to my doctor, just in case.

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    9 10

    I have had this problem for several years now, and have just begun to research it – I suspected it was a nerve issue, and listening to these other responses pretty well confirms this for me. Look at the following link and decide if this matches your sysmptoms – obesity, pregnancy or tight clothes (for you younger folk!) seem to cause this. Look below

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    9 10

    I just recentally started to feel numbness in my left leg. This is the first time it has ever happened. I just recentally got bit by a mosqito and it’s on the same leg that is numb and occured around the same time I got bitten. Is it possible this 2 are relate. Please help.

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    9 10

    I also have the left upper leg numbness and its worse when standing or sitting for long different times. Mostly standing if sitting it’s only when am sitting in a certain position.

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    9 10

    I have had a really weird low degree of pain in my left side, upper leg, groin area, almost a numb feeling, sometimes even feels warm. For some reason it also sometimes feels like something is pulling on my left testical. The whole area feels “dragy”, or heavy. I have had almost every test done possible and still no answers. It’s driving me nuts.

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    9 10

    I’m having very similar symptoms, my rightthigh is numb in a large area. It feels so strange I have 100 lbs to lose and I am sensored that is a big part of it. I see my doc the first weeke in June. Hope she doesn’t think I am a hypo chondriac or somthing. Reading all your posts made me feel a bit more normal. THanks, hope your numbness subsides soon.

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    9 10

    My mother thought that perhaps using my laptop computer on my lap was effecting the nerves in my right thigh – hmmm, maybe. I’m no longer using my laptop as a “laptop”. I continue to have numb skin and when walking I get hot and cold sensations. I’ve tried the chiropractor but will now make an appointment with a doctor to check it out. Its very scary to not know what is causing this numbness!

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    I’ve been experiencing this numbness for several years now and it’s getting worse. Only on the Left side- crotch, inner and outer upper thigh, lower back and left pelvic area goes numb when sitting. New as of this year when I walk on incline or certain elliptical incline levels and yoga postures the numbness travels into the left leg and bottom of foot. No pain, but completely annoying. MRI’s Normal – “small disc bulge with NO stenosis”, EMG Normal. Doctors/neurologists are clueless and basically just telling me I’ll have to live with it with no explanation. I’m a psychotherapist so I sit for hours at a time and I don’t like how it’s progressing over the years. I’m 35 5’7″ and 117 lbs. so weight is not the issue. I have mild 20 degree scoliosis but the doctors said that has nothing to do with it. Chiropractor’s adjustments feel nice but doesn’t change it, just helps align my hips again. I’m seeing a new pcp that specializes in integrative/functional/holistic medicine and I’m hoping she’ll have some better referrals. Very frustrating as it’s a daily occurance for over 5 years now. I despise driving or riding in cars the most.

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    9 10

    My leg is improving due to the chiropractic. I continue to have hot/cold sensations and there is still a bit of numbness but I do believe my condition is improving. I am on the Atkins diet and am doing pilates to improve my weight and flexibility. I am not overweight (145 lbs.) but I think these actions couldn’t hurt.

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    9 10

    I have the same numbness in upper left leg and so does my father. He has had it for 10 years with no diagnosis. I just started to experience the numbness and it has been getting bigger. Im only 22 and 5’5″, 110lbs so weight isnt the problem. We have always had back problems and problems with our sciatic nerve. I think it is kinda like a pinched nerve, but my father said physical therapy did not help. He also said drinking alcohol made it worse by dialating the blood vessels, I guess. Doctors have given no answers. Stretching out the muscles in your back and top of leg might give some relief.

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    9 10

    my symtoms are tingling and twice I have been awoken from a deep sleep with something that feels a a burst. I am wondering if this has anything to do with nerves. I am 25 lbs. overweight but didn’t think this was related. Now I am wondering. Please reply if anyone else has had this electric burst feeling in the upper leg.

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