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Tingling and Numbness in the Upper Thigh

How People Describe This Pain Pattern

These people complain of tingling and numbness on the side of their upper thigh. They often poke at it like it will shake it loose, or they can wake it up, like how one might shake or move your arms when they are “falling asleep.” This sensation tends to be a broad area that extends up and down the front of the quad under the corner of the hip.

Meralgia Paresthesis

This sensation comes from the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment by the tensor fascia lata muscle. It is also called Meralgia Paresthesis.

This muscle can create a tingling sensation as it tightens to stabilize the hip while standing or walking. People also complain of tingling if they sleep face down so that the hip and leg stretch out.

These people sometimes have a strip of pain down the side of their leg. Occasionally, they have a spot of pain on the side of their knee when walking or running. These are other problems created by the trigger point laden TFL.

How You Activate and Intensify This Pain Pattern

Flexing your hip for long periods, especially in tight clothing, aggravated this muscle. For example, This might occur from sitting in tight jeans while leaning forward to work at a table. It can also start from a fall or motor vehicle accident that jars the hip.

You should distinguish this pattern from other patterns. For example, degenerative discs produce spiral patterns that feel like electric shocks or a painful nail driving into the area. You can read more about the disc patterns in this post. Other trigger points refer to the upper portion of the front of the thigh.

The Musculoskeletal Anatomy Behind Your Pain

Musculoskeletal Anatomy

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This post on anatomy contains standard information about the origin, insertion, function, and innervation of muscles. Additionally, it includes information on functional considerations and anomalies.

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