Reportedly, quite a number of people complain of experiencing a warm sensation in my thigh. The sensation is equated to that of warm water being poured on you. Typically, these warm flashes last only for a few seconds. However, over time they become more persistent and painful. Have you have experienced this? There are several conditions that could be behind it. 

Conditions related to a Warm Sensation in the Thigh


Radiculopathy (pinched nerve) is when nerves cease to work properly. Typically, symptoms include; pain along the outer side of the thigh, numbness & weakness in the outer/inner thigh and difficulty in controlling certain body muscles.

Pinched nerves are due to an underlying condition. Therefore, there are many reasons it could exist. Such as:

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS)

Warmth, persistent and intense pain at the side of your thigh, hip and buttock are indicators of GTPS. There are many causes of this disease, such as:

  • injuries on the hip area
  • prolonged sitting periods
  • secondary osteoarthritis of hips and knees
  • inactive lifestyles. 

Additionally, such pains are usually more intense after lying on the affected side. Also, being involved in physical activities such as prolonged exercises, long-distance running, and falls.

The disease is more common in females who are ages 40 – 60. GTPS comprises of Tendinopathy (Severe Tendon Pain), External snapping hip and Trochanteric bursitis.

Hip Osteoarthritis

This disease is characterized by stiffness or clicking sounds during walking. Commonly increased pain in the joints (especially during rainy seasons). Also, limping and pains at the knee, thigh, groin or buttocks. However, a clear cause of Hip Osteoarthritis is yet to be established. Although, factors like obesity, aging, and joint injuries are believed to be behind it.

Meralgia Paresthetica

If suffering from this disease you are likely to experience pain, such as:

  • tingling
  • numbing
  • burning

This pain will be located in your outer thigh. Meralgia Paresthetica is caused by mechanical compression of the superficial sensory nerve. This nerve is found on your thigh’s skin. This condition is caused by:

  • continuously wearing tight clothing
  • pressure from seatbelts
  • being overweight
  • pregnancy

However, the condition is typically worsened by prolonged standing and walking. Although not so common cases include; diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, and lead poisoning.

Someone who has been affected will experience pain at the side and front part of their thigh(s.) A buzzing sensation inside the thigh and muscle numbness is also common. However, the pain will subside when sitting.

The above mentioned are common medical conditions behind the warm sensation in your thigh. Kindly note that this article is only meant to provide you with valuable insights. For a clear diagnosis, it is advisable to book an appointment with a physician.