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    Vinyl Junkie mishmashmusic's Avatar
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    Numbness above knee

    About a month ago, a small patch above my right knee along my thigh was numb after riding. Not really painful, but uncomfortable.

    Went to the Dr, and it turns out I have Meralgia Paresthetica, which is basically a superficial pinched nerve, which you can find out more about here: http://www.emedicine.com/neuro/topic590.htm

    Nothing serious, and nothing you can do about it --- it usually goes away by itself after a period of time. The doc says it may or may not have been caused by the bike riding, but there's no way to tell for sure. Since then, I have adjusted my seat to be higher, because after a little research I found out it was too low. Hopefully this will help if riding is part of the cause.

    Just wanted to share the info in case someone else has the problem...

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    MamaWheelie gizmocat's Avatar
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    I have had pains above my knees after recent rides. The patch doesn't go numb, though.
    The doctor is better qualified to let me know what is wrong...I dread arthritis...Thank you for posting about your successful attempts to deal with it.

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    thigh numbness/pain

    I am currently experencing these same symptoms of numbness and also pain. The patch of skin affected is just above my right knee and extends upwards along the lateral quad muscle. It is constantly numb and can be sensitve to touch. More often it feels as though the hair follicles have become hypersensitive to touch as even the brush of the bedsheets can be painful.
    My doctor has called it Thigh Paresthesia and has prescribed Gabapentin (generic of neurotonin) which is prescribed widely to relieve neuropathic pain.
    I'm not positive of the cause. I improperly lifted a heavy cooler on a recent camping trip although I have no real back pain to speak of; only some stiffness.
    It could be possible that it's from biking, although I have not been riding all that much due to a recent move and the house projects that I've had to do. Meralgia Paresthetica is generally associated with obese or pregnant folks, of which I'm neither. I'll admit any day that I could stand to lose 10 or 15 pounds. Possibly, the bent over position of riding, over long distances, combined with my 10 pound spare tire, could simulate similar pressures caused by a larger belly. Is that theory sound? I'll have to ask my doctor.

    My major fear is that it is soemthing worse: Multiple Sclerosis.

    Has anyone had these types of syptoms and made a recovery?
    Thanks,
    KEG

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