I went to 3 back surgeons and 1 neuro to get the diagnosis confirmed, so yeah, I have it.
My pain is down the outer front of my thigh, from the hip to the knee, but right above the knee is the worst. Some days I can't have anything light such as slacks touch me, but I can lie in bed on my side. Firm pressure is much less painful than light.
The nerve is probably pinched in my back. I have a confirmed diagnosis of a bulge in L4/L5. I've been for nerve block shots, PT, acupuncture... you name it, I've done it.
I sleep on a heating pad every night either on my lower back, or on my thigh, and that really helps me I think.