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Burning pain under skin

Last night I woke because my R thigh on the upper outside from thigh to knee felt like it was burning storingly and steadily under the skin with sharp intermittent pains. It has not stopped all day.
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Hi Jeanie,

Welcome to the Pain Management Forum., Please excuse my tardy response. I am glad that you found us but sorry to read about your pain. We can relate. How are you feeling today?

Usually burning pain is associated with the pain that is produced from inflammation, irritation or impingement of a nerve.  Without going into a lot of medical terms and description the nerve that may be involved is called lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. It travels over the brim of the pelvis and down the outside (lateral) portion of the thigh.  

When this occurs you skin can even become sensitive or painful to touch. If this nerve is entrapped the condition is called Meralgia Paresthetica.

Obviously there are other conditions that are associated with lateral thigh burning and pain. Do you have any hip pain or tenderness? Trochanteric Bursitis can also produce the thigh pain but usually includes hip symptoms.

It is best to consult your PCP. He/she will have the correct diagnosis for you. I hope you will let us know how you are doing as I will look forward to your updates. Please feel free to be active in our community, respond to posters and post any additional questions or concerns you may have... or if you just need to vent or chat about pain and the challenges it brings to our lives.... we are here.

Take Care,
~Tuck
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