Q. Why do I get thigh muscle numbness?

Answered by
Dr. Akshay Kumar Saxena
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jul 06, 2016 and last reviewed on: May 26, 2020

Hi doctor,

My uric acid in blood shoots up to 7.9. I do not have the problem or gout or kidney stones. How to reduce it? I have already started to drink lemon water the whole day. I have attached the photographs. I have only knee pain, which is at the backside of the knee while climbing up and down stairs for the last two years. Also, my left leg thigh muscle has localized numbness for the past five years. Numbness did not hurt, but bothers sometime. Numbness is not heavy if i use nail on it or scratch on it, I sense it well. How to cure this numbness? Is this serious?



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  • You have stated that you do not have any symptoms suggestive of gout.
  1. Decreasing intake of red meat, alcohol, rice in your diet and other purine rich sources.
  2. Also increase your water intake, so that uric acid is excreted from the body well.
  3. Keeping your weight to normal levels will also help you. 
  4. Intake of fresh fruits, citrus fruits and cherries has been implicated in reducing uric acid values in the body as well.
  • Nowadays there is a medication by the name of Febuxostat, which helps in lowering uric acid levels in the body. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicine with consent.
  • You have also mentioned numbness in your thigh region. The numbness is an indication of nerve involvement in the body.
  • It will be good if a nerve conduction study can be done so that the exact site of the lesion can be identified.
  • It can be lower back in origin or sometimes it can be due to a nerve impingement, which can be due to a localized cause or rarely it can be a neuropathy due to an underlying cause.
  • I suggest you the following medication and treatment. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicine with consent.
  1. Tablet Lyrica (Pregabalin) 75 mg twice a day for two to three weeks.
  2. Tablet Methycobalamin 1500 mcg once daily for three to four weeks.
  3. TENS - transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for numbness and other neuropathic symptoms.
  • If there is any history of prolonged back pain, radiating pain in the legs, especially on walking or any other neuropathic symptoms like weakness, then a detailed evaluation of lower back or spine will be required.
  • Please start with management as suggested and get back to me with more clinical details.

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