Can neuropathy start anywhere other than the feet and hands?

By MrsCDogg Latest Reply 2011-04-25 15:26:14 -0500
Started 2011-04-25 10:15:52 -0500

I have something that has been bugging me for 2 to 3 years now. There is this large area on the outside of my left thigh that is numb. It is as wide as my hand and goes from about 2 inches below my hip to just above my knee. It is aggravated by standing and walking for long periods of time and releived by rest (sort of). It tingles at times and from time to time it itches like crazy around the edge of the area. I'm just wondering if it could be neuropathy or possibly a pinched nerve. I'm just trying to get some ideas before I actually tell my doctor. I've been a type 2 for 10 years now. I also have diabetic retinopathy which I will be having lasar surgery for tomorrow. Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Nova69 2011-04-25 11:31:06 -0500 Report


I'm sorry about your problems. It seems that there are a number of possibilities for what is causing your numbness. Doctors will usually want to do a full battery of tests but sometimes can't find any cause. One possibility of many is meralgia paresthetica which is a pinching of the nerve that supplies sensation to the outer portion of the thigh. Pressure on the nerve causes abnormal sensations of burning, pain, and numbness in the outer and part of the front of the thigh. Don't assume that this is the cause, there are other possibilities too. Hope you find some relief but you should really see your doctor.

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