Burning pain in thigh

For the last year or so I have experienced a burning pain in the same spot on my outer right thigh. It only happens maybe once a month and the best way I can describe it is that it feels like someone has thrown acid on to a maybe 2cm square on my leg. Only lasts a couple of seconds thank goodness but the pain is enough to stop me in my tracks. I was wondering if it might be connected to exercise although there doesn't seem to be any discernible pattern to it. Any ideas?


  • Hi Catherine

    From your description, the likeliest diagnosis is meralgia paraesthetica, which is a pain on the outer thigh caused by compression of a nerve that supplies that area of skin - the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh - and happens in non-athletes as well as in runners (most sufferers seem to be slightly well-padded women). It's annoying but not dangerous. A physiotherapist may be able to help.
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