“I tell people my spinal issues are genetic. Would you agree”? Absolutely.
Generally, allodynia (pain with light touch) is associated with root injury and not with a sensory root compression (meralgia paresthetica) although I can’t see why that can’t happen. Deep pain in the hip region is not associated with meralgia paresthetica. It can be a hip disorder however this would not cause allodynia. I think your idea of an L1 or L2 disorder makes more sense. A standard lumbar MRI would reveal this disorder. If a root is compressed, a direct decompression would be in order.
Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.