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Burning thigh pain, also called meralgia parasthetica, is caused by pressure on the femoral lateral cutaneous nerve that gives sensation to the surface of the skin on the front and side of the thigh. Most people with meralgia paresthetica describe a burning pain in the thigh.
A number of factors can increase pressure on the nerve including excess weight, pregnancy weight, surgery, or excessively tight clothing. In most cases, meralgia paresthetica goes away on its own. In other cases, we may need to consider treatment options to reduce pressure on the nerve.
Burning thigh pain causes a number of sensations that include:
We base our diagnosis on your medical history, including what you tell us about your symptoms, and a physical examination. We may also order other studies if we think that another condition may be causing your symptoms.
We will ask you about your medical history and ask you a number of questions about your symptoms. These will include:
We will perform a physical examination of the hip and thigh area and ask you to show us exactly where your symptoms are located. We will also examine your back and your knees, to rule out problems in those areas that could be causing your symptoms.
We may order additional tests to confirm your diagnosis. For example, we may order an X-ray of the hip and pelvic area.
Burning thigh pain is caused by something pressing on, or pinching, the femoral lateral cutaneous nerve. The femoral lateral cutaneous nerve, which originates in the spine and extends to the outer thigh, is a sensory nerve that gives feeling to the skin of your outer thigh. It does not affect strength. There are a number of conditions and injuries that may increase pressure on the nerve or cause it to become trapped. These include:
If your symptoms are mild
Often, meralgia parasthetica is a temporary problem that goes away on its own. Sometimes it is clear what is causing pressure on the nerve, and you can take steps to relieve it. For example, if you wear tight clothing, we will recommend that you try wearing clothes that are looser around the waist. If you are carrying extra weight, talk to us about losing and maintaining a healthy weight.
Usually, symptoms related to pregnancy weight will begin to diminish as soon as the baby is born.
If your symptoms persist
If you still have symptoms 2 months later, we may recommend ibuprofen or other medications to treat nerve-related pain. We occasionally recommend a steroid injection into the thigh area to reduce pain and inflammation.
We rarely need to use surgery to treat meralgia parasthetica. If your symptoms persist for many months and become disabling, we may consider surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve. Surgery does not always help, and it may actually cause more scar tissue and worsen your symptoms.
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.