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tingling to sharp pain

  I have looked thru the archives under sciatic nerve, and though close,
  it does not seem match my exact symptoms.  I hope you can point me in
  the right direction, as my doctor does not know what icould be causing
  For the last 2-3 years I have been experiencing in my right front theigh
  a pins and needles sensation, that will sometimes be a sharp pain,
  a numbing feeling and sometimes too painfull to have something
  resting on my leg, like clothes or sheets. It is mostly in the middle
  of my theigh, it happens on and off, does not radiate past my knee.
  This week I have noticed the same pain (the sharp feeling, not being
  able to have my waistband touch the area, on my right lower back.
  I am only 30 years old and this concerns me.  Another symptom
  I have noticed, since my last doctor visit, is that I occasionally,
  a couple times a day,
  and especially at night I feel itchy like the pins and needles
  feeling of my leg, in a quick,spartic sesation in different
  areas of my body. This all over body tingling is not painful just
  irratating, however the thiegh and now right lower back tingling to sharp
  pain is very painful.  Any suggestions you could give me to help me and
  my doctor figure this out, would be very helpful.
Thanks for your question.  There are at least two possible explanations for
your symptoms.  In particular, the altered sensations in your thigh region
are suggestive of a compression on the Lateral Femoral Cutaneous nerve; this
nerve passes underneath the inguinal ligament (aproximately the "fold"
between the thigh and the abdomen), and can be compressed when there is
quick gain in body weight.  This condition is also called Meralgia Paresthetica.
The second possibility would be a lesion compression of the L2-L3 nerve
roots as they exit the spine.  The new lower back pain would be more
compatible with this second possibility.  It is difficult to explain, at
the moment, your more widespread symptoms.  Please discuss these possibilities
with your physician.
I hope this information is helpful.  Best of luck.
This information is provided for general medical education purposes only.
Please consult your doctor regarding diagnostic and treatment options.

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