For the past 3 months I wake up in the middle of the night with my left thigh numb. Maybe 2-3 times a week. As soon as I wake up and walk around for about a minute the numbness is gone. I do not feel numbness at all during the day. When I wake up at my regular time the numbness is not there usually, though one time it was also in the right thigh. Please help. I am a 27 year old male, not over weight, and I do not have any health issues. I do not smoke or drink. I did see a regular doctor, and they just said to get an MRI. I do not think that is needed. If an MRI is needed, are there any health risks with that?
You could easily have some spinal discs that are herniated or other spinal structures that are out of place due to normal wear and tear. As you lay down for hours, that could put some pressure on your nerve(s), probably in your back. The pinching of a nerve in your back is easily felt as pain, tingling or numbness, called neuropathy, anywhere south of the spine. It's not uncommon at all. An MRI would help tremendously for a neurologist or general practitioner to see where the problem is and it's severity. What is done next is up to the Dr. and you. I've put off surgery for worse problems by pain management, physical therapy and drugs. Whether you need or want treatment and what kind is up to you.
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