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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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Paresthesia (Definition)

weird or abnormal feeling including numbness, tingling sensation, pins-and-needles in skin area or body part. One example is when someone hits his elbow "funny bone", he may get the tingling and numbness at the elbow and forearm, this ...Read more


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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

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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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What could cause burning/pins&needles/numbness in my upper thighs, and a feeling of a bug biting me/being quickly stabbed w/ a needle in my arms/legs.

What could cause burning/pins&needles/numbness in my upper thighs, and a feeling of a bug biting me/being quickly stabbed w/ a needle in my arms/legs.

Nerve pain: This is clearly neuropathic pain meaning some injury or irritation of the nerves. There are many possibilities from endocrine disorders to infections, to toxicities and vitamin deficiencies. You should see your primary care physician and if you do not have one, should see a neurologist. ...Read more

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Any ideas? Patient had a disk prolapse in sl5 , now and again central pain in the lower back area spreading to thighs; pins and needles in arms n legs

Any ideas? Patient had a disk prolapse in sl5 , now and again central pain in the lower back area spreading to thighs; pins and needles in arms n legs

Need to pin down: Symptoms in arms are not related to a disk in the lower back, although one might experience disk issues in neck also. Best though to wonder about peripheral nerve disorder, spinal stenosis, and even medication reactions. Need a thorough evaluation by a neurologist. ...Read more

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Constantly achy thigh and calf muscles also bruising really easy my legs are covered in them and pins and needles in feet when rested. Should i worry?

Constantly achy thigh and calf muscles also bruising really easy my legs are covered in them and pins and needles in feet when rested. Should i worry?

Unsure without more: Information. You will need to be assessed by a physician with a thorough history and physical exam. With you being 24 and otherwise healthy, i would not expect neuropathy or vascular issues, but possible and should be assessed. However, you should be assessed sooner than later as you may be very anemic as well with headaches, weakness, leg pain and cramping and pins and needles. See a physician. ...Read more

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I have had this acute pain radiating from my back down my thigh chronic pain in my knee and pins and needles in my foot, my dr gave me gabapentin tramadol and diasapan but I have had this for three weeks now and the medication does not seem to work the pa

I have had this acute pain radiating from my back down my thigh chronic pain in my knee and pins and needles in my foot, my dr gave me gabapentin tramadol and diasapan but I have had this for three weeks now and the medication does not seem to work the pa

Consider MRI : It sound like you are experiencing sciatica, which is an irritation of a nerve in the back causing pain running down the leg. If it has been worsening over three weeks with what sounds like appropriate medications, an MRI will usually help to determine the root cause and tell you your treatment options. ...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

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

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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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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There is a numb spot on my right thigh for years and that entire leg has a tendency of falling asleep ("pins and needles"). Is this a pinched nerve?

There is a numb spot on my right thigh for years and that entire leg has a tendency of falling asleep ("pins and needles"). Is this  a pinched nerve?

Meralgia: parasthetica. Pinching of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve may be an issue here. Avoid wearing tight clothing and see if it will help. Check this link.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/meralgia-paresthetica/basics/definition/con-20030852 ...Read more

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Pins and needles in calf, spasm, pain in thigh, swollen groin and hip and lower back pain. Had leg sonogram last month and no clot. What could it be?

Pins and needles in calf, spasm, pain in thigh, swollen groin and hip and lower back pain. Had leg sonogram last month and no clot. What could it be?

Possibly venous: You may have venous insufficiency, or venous reflux, of the leg veins or pelvic veins. Ask for an ultrasound of your leg veins to check for it - it is different than looking for a clot - make sure you are sitting or standing during the scan. You would need an mrv to look for dilated pelvic veins. ...Read more

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What is a good treatment to relieve a burning, stinging, pins and needles type pain shooting down the side of my thigh and into my knee?

What is a good treatment to relieve a burning, stinging, pins and needles type pain shooting down the side of my thigh and into my knee?

Neuro specialist: You may have a condition called meralgia paresthetica but as the burning goes into your knee, you should have an MRI and see a neurologist or neurosurgeon to make sure this is not a herniated disk or problem with the L3 or L4 nerve. Sometimes far lateral disks can cause pressure on a nerve ganglion and cause those symptoms. Seek a specialist to help clear it up. ...Read more

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What causes pins and needles in my leg while sleeping?

What causes pins and needles in my leg while sleeping?

Neural impingement: 41 yo awakens with leg paresthesia as sleep surface ground forces torque her bony pelvic girdle. Sacroiliac joint ligament laxity & subluxation incites pre-sacral plexus impingement of neural tracts that beget her sciatic nerve; arousing paresthesias reflective of intermittent & functional neural impingement. Organic stenosis would arouse constant radiculopathy characteristic of neuropathic pain. ...Read more

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What to do if I have pins and needles in my leg whilst sleeping?

What to do if I have pins and needles in my leg whilst sleeping?

Positional: 40's female w. paresthesias in one leg while sleeping needs osteopathic and neurologic evaluations to discover source of intermittent neural tract impingement. Such symptoms can arise from sleep postures that torque a lax sacroiliac joint; arousing pre-sacral plexus impingement manifest as paresthesias. ...Read more