Thigh Pain

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  • I have pain in my right thigh

  • Thighs hurt when I lie still

  • Pain in the upper leg (thigh)

  • I have pain in both thighs

  • The left inner thigh hurts

  • Thigh hurts at rest

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It describes any painful sensation over the thigh area, which may be pressing,sharp, burning or dull.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Lower leg edema

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Back pain

  • Low back pain

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Edema

Possible causes

  • Neuropathic pain

    Neuropathic pain is a type of pain caused by nerve damage or a problem with the nervous system. it's characterized by burning, tingling, sharp, or stabbing pain (even if touched gently) which can be continuous or intermittent (comes and goes) and worse at rest or night. Common causes of neuropathic pain include viral infections, cancer, vascular malformations, alcoholism, diabetes nerve pressure or nerve damage after surgery or trauma, neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

  • Chronic pain

    Pain that is ongoing and usually lasts longer than six months. This type of pain can continue even after the injury or illness that caused it has healed or gone away. It interferes with daily life and can lead to depression and anxiety.

  • Piriformis syndrome

    The sciatic nerve is responsible for control and sensation of the legs. Occasionally, it can be compressed by the Piriformis muscle in the buttocks, causing symptoms that are often identical to and may be mistaken for a slipped disc.

  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Cancer pain
  • Myalgia
  • Femoral head necrosis
  • Complex regional pain syndrome

Related serious diseases

  • Cellulitis / erysipelas

    A bacterial infection of the skin. Cellulitis results from bacterial skin invasion as it gains entry through a skin tear. Skin tears can result from insect bites, wounds, or even scratching. Patients with diabetes and weakened immune system are at an increased risk.

  • Decompression sickness

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have thigh pain?

  • Is the affected area red?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

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  • Jayanthi P, Philip S, Lopez P. When is Thigh Pain a Problem? J Emerg Med. 2018 Aug;55(2):e53-e55. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2018.04.062. Epub 2018 Jun 2. PMID: 29871828.

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