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What is the cause of pins and needles in my thighs?

What is the cause of pins and needles in my thighs?

Meralgia: The most common cause of tingling in the lateral (outside) of the thighs is pressure on the lateral cutaneous nerve. This nerve is shallow at the front of the pelvic bone, and can be compressed there by tight, low belts; injured by a bump at that level, or by a belly that is enlarged, like in pregnancy. It is particularly common in diabetics. If you can avoid pressure on the nerve it may recover. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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Paresthesia (Definition)

Paresthesia is a symptom in which a person has sensations of tingling or "pins and needles" on some or all of his skin. If a person sleeps on top of his arm, he may have paresthesia in the arm for a short ...Read more


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For a month now I have random painful pins and needles in my thigh. Mainly when lying or sitting. Starts lessening when I stand or move. Help! ?

For a month now I have random painful pins and needles in my thigh. Mainly when lying or sitting. Starts lessening when I stand or move. Help! 
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Meralgia: If you are compressing the lateral femoral nerve of the thigh at the superior iliac crest, this causes symptoms of pain and tingling over the antero-lateral thigh. Avoid tight belts and clothing around the hip area, but see your doctor if this progresses. It's called meralgia paresthetica. ...Read more

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Why do I experience pins and needles from my thighs to toes within 15-30 seconds of sitting on the toilet, but not when sitting on any other surface?

Why do I experience pins and needles from my thighs to toes within 15-30 seconds of sitting on the toilet, but not when sitting on any other surface?

Tingling: the nerve in the back of your leg is being pinched by the toilet seat causing the tingling sensation. The classic "foot going to sleep". That is why it goes away as soon as you get up. ...Read more

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When i lie down i get a searing pain in my right thigh, it's like a burning pain and a pins and needles feeling combined. What could cause this?

When i lie down i get a searing pain in my right thigh, it's like a burning pain and a pins and needles feeling combined. What could cause this?

See your doctor: I would need to know more details about how long this has been a problem, as well as the exact location of pins and needles. This could be a fairly common condition known as meralgia paresthetica, but more history would be needed for confirmation. ...Read more

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Since last wk, pain in thigh followed by pins and needles sensation on whole leg down to ankle?

Nerve or muscle: Could be nerve compression or spasm in the low back associating pain down into the leg. If it persists, see your family md for evaluation. ...Read more

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Uncomfortable feeling in left leg, sort of like pins and needles that wont go away, mainly on thigh. What could it be and what's causing it?

Uncomfortable feeling in left leg, sort of like pins and needles that wont go  away, mainly on thigh. What could it be and what's causing it?

Neuromuscular: Meralgia paresthetica is numbness or neuropathic pain in the lateral thigh. This is commonly seen after sudden drastic changes in weight (gain or loss). Most of the time is self limited and improves over time. Medications like lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, Cymbalta or Amitriptyline may help. Check with your physician for proper diagnosis. ...Read more