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What causes throbbing pain in outer left thigh?

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Posted on Mon, 6 Jul 2015
Question: I can feel a throbbing sensation halfway down my outer left thigh. It feels a bit like twitching as well. It's only in one spot, no pain radiation. It's not painful just worrisome. I'm 5'5" female 210 lbs post partum 9 months
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Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah (22 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Likely to be due to pinching of a nerve.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Welcome and thanks for your query.
I understand your concern.
It is likely to be a condition called ' Meralgia Paraesthetica' which results most often from pinching of the lateral cutaneous nerve by the fascia.
You can be helped by physical therapy, such as stretching and massage
Avoid long periods of standing, walking, cycling, or other aggravating activity
Lose weight and exercise to strengthen abdominal muscles
Wear clothing that is loose at the upper front hip area
Apply heat, ice, or electrical stimulation
Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for a few days
Remove hair in affected area and apply Lidocaine patches
If you are not better with these measures, it is better to see a doctor, have yourself examined and tested.

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What causes throbbing pain in outer left thigh?

Brief Answer: Likely to be due to pinching of a nerve. Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome and thanks for your query. I understand your concern. It is likely to be a condition called ' Meralgia Paraesthetica' which results most often from pinching of the lateral cutaneous nerve by the fascia. You can be helped by physical therapy, such as stretching and massage Avoid long periods of standing, walking, cycling, or other aggravating activity Lose weight and exercise to strengthen abdominal muscles Wear clothing that is loose at the upper front hip area Apply heat, ice, or electrical stimulation Take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for a few days Remove hair in affected area and apply Lidocaine patches If you are not better with these measures, it is better to see a doctor, have yourself examined and tested.