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What would cause a thigh to be numb?

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Dr. Kai Philipp Olshausen
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Pinched nerve: This could be due to "pinched" nerves. Where is the big question. It could be at the level of the spine, within a muscle or it could be a small superficial peripheral muscle. If it really is just a patch of numbness on your thigh it could be "meralgia paresthetica" a benign condition. But to be sure have it examined by your doctor.
Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Meralgia parestheica: The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve can get pinched causing a numb area on the front of or outside part of the thigh. Get an exam by a doctor though because your symptom may also be due to other more serious causes.

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A 44-year-old male asked:

My right thigh gets numb.What can be the cause and what can I do about it?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Meralgia: This is generally caused by entrapment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve in the inguinal ligament as it passes down in front of your thigh. Called meralgia paresthetica. Usual treatment is to take pressure off the front of your lower abdomen/groin by not wearing a tight belt or pants and losing weight.

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