I've been having occasional trouble with this in the front and side of one thigh for a while, and have tried warmth and massaging it, myself, to little avail. There's usually some tenderness or even mild numbness, at times when I don't have the sharp shooting pains. The sudden pains, in particular, are getting worse. Any ideas on remedies or cause?
Sudden, sharp, sometimes severe thigh pain?
If you get the same thing I do, it is sciatica and it is no fun! Google "sciatica during pregnancy" and you'll get a lot of information. Honestly the only thing that even slightly works for me is to keep moving until I figure out the best position to get it to ease up. Sometimes that is really hard if not impossible though. The other day I was in the middle of the grocery store and it would hit me everytime I took a step with my left leg. I just stood in the aisle and cautiously tested it for a few minutes till it was "safe". Other times, it seems like the baby's movements are causing it and it is a little harder to stop then...and much more unpredictable! I hope you feel better, it really hurts.
I have read that you should be using ice, not heat for sciatica. I found that helps me quite a bit. Here are some more tips from my chiropractor.
I would also say that if it is the sciatica to work on relaxing and massaging you back muscles--and the areas around your hips, front and back. This is what helped me with the shooting pains down my leg. I use to have a lot of pain on and off for years. I actually went to physical therapy for a while too, which helped. Now I have been free of the shooting pains for many years, but I still get a little tightness periodically in my back and hip areas.
I have it on my left inner thigh closer to my knee and its exactly as you described sharp, sudden pain and I am also worried its a blood clot but the doc brushed me off at my 6 week appointment and said no way!