Reportedly, quite a number of people complain of experiencing a warm feeling in their thigh. The sensation is equated to that of warm water being poured on you. Typically, these warm flashes last only for a few seconds and then disappear. 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


Commonly referred to as a ‘pinched nerve’, Radiculopathy describes a condition where 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.

Since a pinched nerve is due to an underlying condition, it may be due to a tumor, herniated disc, neoplastic disease or deterioration of spinal structures.

Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS)

Warmth, persistent and intense pain at the side of your thigh, hip and buttock are all indicators of GTPS. Common causes of this disease include injuries on the hip area, prolonged sitting periods, secondary osteoarthritis of hips and knees and inactive lifestyles.  Additionally, such pains are usually more intense after lying on the affected side or being involved in physical activities such as prolonged exercises, long-distance running, and falls.

The disease is more common in females who are between the ages of 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, increased pain in the joints (especially during rainy seasons), limping and pains at the knee, thigh, groin or buttocks. However, a clear cause of the Hip Osteoarthritis is yet to be established, 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 a tingling, numbing and burning pain in your outer thigh. Meralgia Paresthetica is caused by mechanical compression of the superficial sensory nerve found on your thigh’s skin. It is commonly caused by continuously wearing tight clothing, pressure from seatbelts, being overweight and pregnancy. However, the condition is typically worsened by prolonged standing and walking. Not so common cases include; diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, and lead poisoning.

Someone who has been affected is likely to experience pain at the side and front part of their thigh(s), a buzzing sensation inside the thigh, and muscle numbness. However, the pain subsides every time the patient gets to sit down.

The above are some of the medical conditions that could be behind the warm sensation in your thigh. Kindly note that this article is only meant to provide you with valuable insights, to get a clear diagnosis, it is advisable to book an appointment with a medical practitioner. They will get to diagnose the accurate cause and provide an efficient type of treatment.