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Pin prick sensation in thigh. Any insight?

Hello. I am a 28 year old mail, 6ft 2 inches tall, 78 kilos, in very good health(as far as I know). I am occasionally feeling a needle pin prick sensation on the outer, upper right thigh, which doesn t usually last much longer than five minutes. I experienced this very same pain, in the very exact same spot when I was 22 years of age on multiple occasions. But the sensations then stopped, and have now come back. Any insight would be appreciated, thanks!
Tue, 11 Dec 2012
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Thank you for posting your query.

The most likely cause of your symptoms is a condition, referred to as meralgia paresthetica. In this condition, a nerve in the skin of the thigh region- the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh- gets slightly compressed at the level of groin. This results in symptoms such as pain, tingling, burning, numbness, etc over the outer aspect of the thigh.

It is a minor illness and responds well to medications such as pregabalin or gabapentin.

Please consult a neurologist.

Wishing you good health,
Dr Sudhir Kumar MD DM (Neurology)
Senior Consultant Neurologist
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