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Cause of anterior thigh skin numbness

Posted by athena

Dec. 23, 2008


I started having right anteriolateral thigh numbness yesterday. It extends from the top of my right thigh to just above the patella. There is no pain or burning sensation but I have been having intermittent back muscle spasms for about a week or two. Brief history: I had a micro discectomy for L-5 - S-1 in l993. I work in the OR and have tried to be very careful with my back.  I am 5'6" and weigh 147 (pounds, not kilos).  So like any good nurse, I tried to diagnose myself on the internet. I keep getting referred to "meralgia paresthetica".  Could this be the problem even though I am having no pain other than a stiff lower back and muscle spasms on the LEFT side of my lower back?Thank you for any information you can give me. Sincerely, Athena


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Hi Dr. Edwards, Your message was easy to access and very clear. Thank you.  P.S. I live in Southern Calif.  But I did live in Portland for 4 years. Thank you for your advice. Sincerely, Athena
I am a 44 year old male. I have had the same problem for many years. Eventually, the numbness turned to pain as well in the groin area.I was almost crippled with the pain and finally I was diagnosed with a macro prolatinoma. This tumour caused the cessation of testosterone hormone production along with all my other hormones and the cause of my pain is osteoporosis. The numbness has nothing to do with your back. It is your pelvic joints and the nerve that runs down the front of the thigh. Maybe you have some oestrogen problems/osteoporosis/injury etc. I would have it checked out. I cannot begin to tell you how bad the numbness became and eventual serious pain. I thought I would need a hip replacement but my hip is fine.Unbelievable pain and it all started with numbness from my hip down to my knee(front top and side).Since I started treatment, I never have back pain,neck pain etc but the pelvic groin region is so sore. On top of this,I just found out my female cousin has the same thing and is in a wheelchair.Good luck.
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