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Old 12-20-2012, 03:56 PM
 
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i woke up this morning with this numb sensation ( i'm not saying numb because it's i can still feel when i touch it but very lightly ) from my upper thigh to the middle of my knee and i figured maybe i just slept on it or something but about 7 hours later it's still like that. it hasn't gotten worse but hasn't gotten better either. it's like you know when you go to the doctor and they shoot you with Novocaine and you're numb but you can still feel when they touch you? that's what it's like. it's really bugging me and i'm not really a hospital person so i'm trying to avoid that option.. i've never had this happen before either.
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Old 12-20-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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and i don't know if this is needed but i'm 21 years old, not active in sports or anything. i haven't had any recent injuries.
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:15 PM
 
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It could be sciatica. Numbness is one of a few different symptoms. It's usually associated with pain but tingling and numbness can also be symptoms, without the pain.

If it doesn't go away in a couple of days, or gets worse, or the symptoms change, you'll want to go to the doctor. Not a hospital though - just a normal doctor.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:07 PM
 
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Is it in the back or front of the thigh?

If it is running down the back of the leg to the knee it could be sciatica.

If it is running down the front of the thigh to the knee it isn't sciatica but it could be meralgia paresthetica.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:30 AM
 
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i woke up this morning with this numb sensation ( i'm not saying numb because it's i can still feel when i touch it but very lightly ) from my upper thigh to the middle of my knee and i figured maybe i just slept on it or something but about 7 hours later it's still like that. it hasn't gotten worse but hasn't gotten better either. it's like you know when you go to the doctor and they shoot you with Novocaine and you're numb but you can still feel when they touch you? that's what it's like. it's really bugging me and i'm not really a hospital person so i'm trying to avoid that option.. i've never had this happen before either.
What you are describing sounds a lot like meralgia parasthetica. Especially so if there is a burning or tingling sensation that goes along with the numbness. It's usually caused by a pinched nerve.
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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i woke up this morning with this numb sensation ( i'm not saying numb because it's i can still feel when i touch it but very lightly ) from my upper thigh to the middle of my knee and i figured maybe i just slept on it or something but about 7 hours later it's still like that. it hasn't gotten worse but hasn't gotten better either. it's like you know when you go to the doctor and they shoot you with Novocaine and you're numb but you can still feel when they touch you? that's what it's like. it's really bugging me and i'm not really a hospital person so i'm trying to avoid that option.. i've never had this happen before either.
Similar sounding thing happens to me from time to time, upon waking from sleep.
For me, it lasts several hours (most of the day), but eventually subsides-and doesn't happen every night, just on occasion. It's not pain, it's not sharp or acute-it's a broad swath (undifferentiated within the affected area) of soft tissue that feels dulled, just as described above-like novacaine. Happens in same location, too-between top of thigh and right at my knee, along outer edge, slightly more towards front side than back side.
I wonder if it might be from my bed being too hard, as I sleep on a heap of futons (on floor) that are pretty squashed after many years of use (so perhaps my circulation gets cut off where pressure is put, whichever part of my body I'm "sleeping on" goes to sleep, in a numbed way). It worries me a bit, though not enough to see a professional about.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:42 PM
 
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Agree, pinched nerve, sciatica. Been there done that.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:44 PM
 
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Agree, pinched nerve, sciatica. Been there done that.
Disagree, front of thigh its not sciatica.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Disagree, front of thigh its not sciatica.
Front & Side Thigh Pain | eHow.com
Thigh pain can be the result of various conditions, including sciatica. When sciatica presents itself, front thigh pain is a very common occurrence. The term sciatica is used to illustrate pain that radiates from your buttock and down through your lower limbs. Sciatica is often the result of a compressed nerve. However, sciatica pain can also be prompted by trigger points that are located in the soft tissue in your body



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Old 01-08-2013, 05:34 PM
 
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Front & Side Thigh Pain | eHow.com
Thigh pain can be the result of various conditions, including sciatica. When sciatica presents itself, front thigh pain is a very common occurrence. The term sciatica is used to illustrate pain that radiates from your buttock and down through your lower limbs. Sciatica is often the result of a compressed nerve. However, sciatica pain can also be prompted by trigger points that are located in the soft tissue in your body



Read more: Front & Side Thigh Pain | eHow.com Front & Side Thigh Pain | eHow.com
ehow is not a medical reference....

Sciatica describes symptoms specific to the sciatic nerve which runs down the back of the leg, if you having pain in the front of the thigh it is NOT sciatica....

Does the patient have sciatica or another nerve root compression syndrome?
The obvious manifestation of nerve root irritation is usually sciatica, a sharp or burning pain radiating down the posterior or lateral aspect of the leg usually to the foot or the ankle and often associated with numbness or paresthesias
Back pain made simple: An approach based on principles and evidence
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