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Numb thigh Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Numb thigh. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the numb thigh?
  2. Which thigh is numb?
  3. Can you point with one finger to the area of numbness?
  4. History of a back injury?

    Why: may suggest spinal canal stenosis.

  5. Risk factors for meralgia paresthetica?

    Why: e.g. obesity; pregnancy; ascites (accumulation of fluid in the abdominal cavity); local trauma from belts, trusses or corsets.

  6. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g ascites is a cause of meralgia paresthetica and may caused by cirrhosis of the liver, congestive cardiac failure, nephrotic syndrome, pancreatitis, bowel cancer or ovarian cancer; diabetes mellitus is associate with femoral nerve neuropathy.

  7. Back pain?

    Why: may suggest prolapsed disc causing pressure on L2 or L3 nerve roots (note L2 causes buttock pain also).

  8. Buttock pain and numbness?

    Why: would suggest L2 nerve root pain.

  9. Symptoms of meralgia paresthetica?

    Why: e.g. a burning pain with associated numbness and tingling over the outer surface of the thigh. The distribution of pain and numbness does not cross the midline. It is due to entrapment of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve of the thigh.

  10. Symptoms of L3 nerve root pain?

    Why: e.g. pain over the front of thigh, inner aspect of thigh, knee and leg; numbness over the front of thigh.

  11. Symptoms of femoral nerve neuropathy?

    Why: e.g. numbness over the inner aspect of the thigh and leg; weakness of the quadriceps muscle in the thigh causing weakness of straightening the leg.

  12. Symptoms of spinal canal stenosis?

    Why: e.g. long history of backache; pain initially in the lumbar back area and then radiating distally into buttocks and legs; numbness may be present in groin, medial thigh, big toe or little toe.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Numb thigh:

The following list of conditions have 'Numb thigh' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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