Thigh pain could be in your back
I saw my GP about a month ago regarding severe burning on the sides of my thighs, especially during the night. Is cure for back pain all it's cracked up to be? QUESTION: I saw my GP about a month ago regarding severe burning on the sides of my thighs, especially during the night.
I assumed it was also for the burning sensations. Any other comments would be appreciated.
ANSWER: Thanks for sharing your problem – your description of symptoms is rather brief and the onset, course and progression are important when drawing up a differential. My column is aimed at advice to steer you in the right direction and perhaps even give a fresh understanding and perspective.
The character of the pain which you have is burning – often associated with nerve pain. The superficial skin or dermatome areas on the thighs are innervated by nerves from the lower back, having their origin in the lumbar-sacral plexus.
Therefore pain in the upper leg can often be caused by a problem in the lower spine area: disc prolapse, arthritis of the vertebrae and, rarely, even masses that compress the nerves. Remember that a simple trapped muscle spasm can also put pressure on the nerves that pass through or past it.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on SaturdaySimilar Stories