Cure Meralgia with Leeches

Did you know it’s possible to cure meralgia with leeches? Don’t laugh! Think of leeches as deep acupuncture. Or not. In any case, leeches are back in the good books of the conventional medical fraternity, so don’t dismiss this unusual, harmless, cheap, non-toxic treatment. Here’s the video:

And here’s the transcript: Hi, I’m Ben. I’m here to talk to you about using leeches for meralgia paresthetica therapy. Now I know that’s a big word, what it means is that if you have meralgia paresthetica, you have pain that goes down the front of your thigh and it’s caused by usually some sort of entrapment of the femoral cutaneous nerve that goes under the inguinal ligament. That nerve becomes irritated and inflamed and this can cause intense pain all over this leg. Of course, other things can cause this pain too, such as spinal impingements.

But I’m going to talk to you about how I’m going to treat myself with leech therapy. Why do I use leech therapy? I use leech therapy whenever standard orthodox medicine falls short of my expectations. What have I got to lose? May work, may not. So far, it’s always worked. I’ve used it for blood clots, I’ve used it for arthritis and meralgia now. Of course, many people have been using leech therapy for hundreds of years, use it for many other conditions and it’s widely researched, a lot of publications done on this, the Russians have done some fantastic work, research work. In fact, some research companies such as Bayer have even used leech peptides in some of their newest formulations. The chemistry that leeches have to offer can do exceptional things. For example, if I had some sort of pulmonary disease, you know, emphysema or something, this would be one of the things I would add to the standard list of treatment.

But anyway, we’re here to talk about meralgia. I’m not going to put the leeches on me today in front of the camera because I would pretty much just have to disrobe and I’d get a lot of bad email from that. But I’m going to describe what I’m going to do, I’m going to show you what the leeches look like and how I go about handling them, because should you ever make up your mind to use leech therapy, you need to know what to expect, right?

Okay, first thing, if you order your leeches, your leeches will arrive by mail. They’ll be at your doorstep usually in either a box or a thermos or some sort of plastic container. I think my last delivery was in a container like this, whatever. It will be delivered to you usually within about three days of when you order it. They can be bought on the internet, generally prices run from about $8 a leech on up, depending where you get it and usually the delivery fee is a one-time fee of about $25.

Okay, you’ve got your leeches in, what do you do? The first thing you do, because you’re not going to be ready right away, I put them in a jar and then I put them in the refrigerator, keep them cold, keeps their metabolism down, keeps them under control. I mean, you don’t want these bad boys dying on you before you give them a chance to have dinner on the house, so to speak. So I put them in a jar and cover them with foil. These little nylon foot things my wife gave me are great for covers. Just put it over the jar lid, lets the leeches get air into there, water, put a rubber band on them just to hold it on. So that’s how you can store them. When you get ready to use them, put your leeches out of the refrigerator for a day to warm up and acclimate to room temperature.

Now know this, when the leeches arrive, these little critters are hungry. I mean, they’re looking for the big meal so they’re going to bite just about anything that comes their way, doesn’t matter whether it’s a pencil or a glove or whatever. So they’re a little tricky to handle and I’ll try to put you at ease on that a little bit. Once they’re fed, they just roll off, they get probably maybe 10 times their size and they just roll off and take a nap and you can pick them up in your hand, they’re like gentle caterpillars. You can play with them if you want, whatever you decide. But they’re kind and nice once they’ve had a good meal.

So let’s begin, I want to show you what a leech looks like, a hungry one, and how to deal with it because he’s going to stick to anything I put in that jar. First thing I’m going to do, always wear gloves or at least it’s a good idea to. And we’re going to try to get some of these critters to stick to whatever I put in there. I think I’ll just put a pencil in there and see if we can pull out a leech or two. Okay I’ve got six in here, whatever I order, I order at least six, sometimes 10 because when you use them,  chances are you’re going to probably lose one, get away from you, get on the floor, get covered up in cobwebs or something, you’ll never see him again. Or you may have one that’s just not hungry so I always allow two for error, so to speak, or Murphy’s Law.

Okay, let’s put a pencil in here, see what happens. And of course Murphy’s Law, nothing will happen. So I didn’t really count on that, let’s try to put a finger in there. And they were thinking about it but they’re not sure exactly what they want to do. I’ve got two or three cornered here. Now these leeches are holding onto the jar, for some reason they think the jar is a better deal. Okay now before these guys climb out, let’s put this little nylon back over it. Here is a leech, this is a small leech, it’s going to be very hungry. Somehow, I can tell you, the leech just ate the tip of that glove off but that would be a lie. I don’t know what happened to that.

Okay. You’ve got this leech here, he’s very, very hungry. It’s going to be hard to get him where you want him because he’s trying to feed on my glove but ultimately, I need him in some kind of container, so I’m going to put him in a container out here. And of course, he’s not going to go where I want so I am going to threaten him at knifepoint. I’m just being silly. What I do is because he’s attached so tight with that sucker, I’m just going under the sucker and scrape that off. He’s now in the little container. If you don’t have a sharp edged tool like a knife or something, and be very careful because remember, he’s about to feed on you and he wants to get out.

Now your next move, and I’m going to mention it real quick, where I’m going to treat meralgia, which is up here where the lateral femoral cutaneous comes through, I’m going to just take this, slap it upside down on my skin and in about three or four minutes, this bad boy is going to be having the dinner of his lifetime. I’m going to put him back in here. Or not, looks like he’s got other plans for dinner. Okay there he went back in.

Now the biggest problem is fear. It’s natural to be scared of these guys because you don’t know how to control them, you’ve never been in this situation and you’ve got all these fears. What if he crawls up my arm and everything? Well worst comes to worst, you can always just grab him and pull him off. It’s easier to try to not kill him doing that and take a knife or something and scrape his little suckers off. But there’s really nothing to fear, just fear itself, but I was that way the first couple of times, scared me to death. But got through it okay and now I kind of enjoy these guys, it’s kind of fun to name them and they enjoy swimming and socializing and they’re just really interesting creatures.

The thing that’s important to know is that these must be a particular variety called the medicinal leech, Hirudo medicinalis is the exact name. They have the exact peptides that you need for whatever condition you’re trying to treat. I would personally use this on anything where orthodox medicine wasn’t really doing anything. I’ve found that it cured my arthritis, I wasn’t even intending to do that but it just did it automatically. Helped with my blood clots, yadda yadda but you have to be aggressive, you have to be the kind of individual that doesn’t mind taking some risks. You don’t want to use these if you’re in an immune compromised situation. If you have some disease that your immune system is being compromised for, these critters do carry bacteria like just about everything and although I’ve never had any problem with it and I don’t do any special preparations. If you don’t have a working immune system, just surface bacteria can cause a problem. Now I’m not a medical doctor, of course, you’ve gathered that by now but I can’t tell you to do this or anything that would be irresponsible. But I can tell you how I treat myself.

Leeches for Your Meralgia
Leeches for Your Meralgia

As we age, we begin to fall apart in more ways than one. I mean, I am older than a fossil but you probably wouldn’t know it, I still try to engage in sports such as they are as best as I can but the trick I think is to keep pushing, pushing for good health. If something hurts, fix it. So these little guys are one of my alternate lines of defense.

I think I’ve covered everything pretty well. When you get done, you can either put them in a jar for instance, on the back dresser there, you’ll see a couple of jars, I have some leeches swimming in there, they’ve been in there for months. They’re just kind of fun to watch. They don’t eat anything because they’ve already have their meal, they’ll last on that one meal for six months, maybe a year. So you’ve got your own supply of leeches next time you need them or you can buy hungry ones. You need to understand that if you don’t want to keep them, you can euthanize them by putting them in rubbing alcohol.  I hate to see them euthanized but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.

 

Healing from Meralgia Paresthetica

How Should You Feel When Healing from Meralgia Paresthetica?

Here’s some gentle advice about how you can expect to feel when you’re healing from a bout of meralgia paresthetica:

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Here’s the transcript:

Meralgia Paresthetica is caused by compression of a nerve that usually causes patients with it to feel numbness or tingling, diminished sensation or burning in the inner thigh. There’s a couple of different things that can cause it or contribute to it, but most commonly its obesity and if a patient who is diagnosed with it is able to lose weight, usually the symptoms subside and the patient feels better.

You mentioned that you have been able to lose weight and you have noticed a big difference in how you feel but you’re wondering about healing time. Specifically your question was you hadn’t been able to find much on that aspect of it, how does it feel when you are getting better, and does the compromised nerve need time to get stronger?

I read some literature on it and I haven’t found specific answers to your question, so I recommend contacting a doctor who originally diagnosed you with it and ask them what they think. The literature does say that it’s usually self-limiting, it’s benign, meaning it usually doesn’t have long-term effects, but there are severe cases that actually need intervention for it to go away totally. And if it continues to be a persistent problem, especially 2-3 months after you’ve lost weight, then you should talk to a doctor because there are different pain options that are available if it’s affecting your ability to function on a daily basis.

Good luck with everything, and if you have any other questions for me, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page and recommend us to your friends and family too.

Meralgia, Sciatic and Femoral Muscles

Meralgia Paresthetica and its Relationship to the Sciatic and Femoral Muscles

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The femoral muscle is key to meralgia symptoms, but remember the role of the sciatic muscle, too.

Transcript:

This is Dr. Barry Lewis and Dr. Jane Eckerman from Chiropractic Health. Once again, welcome to our site. This morning we’re going to test for weakness in the leg associated with the femoral and the sciatic nerve. First off, by doing the slump test looking for restriction in the sciatic nerve raising first the one leg and then the other leg and then putting extra stretch on the nerve. We’ve done this in a separate video so I won’t go into the details. Let’s assume the patient has pain in the right leg.

Dr. Eckerman, would you come and stand over here please, facing this chair with one hand over there. This finger here is just for balance, don’t put any weight on it. First we’re going to test the quadriceps muscle which is associated with the femoral nerve and we’ll test the leg first so that she knows what is normal. Would you please lift your right leg and now bend your left knee and feel and bounce a little, feel the strength of this leg. Remember what you feel.

Now stand on your right leg, please and again, bend your knee, bouncing a little. Does it feel any weaker or different or like it’s going to give in comparison to the left leg? No it doesn’t, that’s fine. The quadriceps muscle is strong. Now we’re going to test the two muscles frequently affected by the sciatic nerve, firstly the extensor (01:40). Dr. Eckerman, can you please lift your left toe for me? And if I press down, I’m testing the strength of the muscle that lifts the great toe and now test, raise your left toe and press upward while I’m going to press down and I can feel that’s both the extensor (02:01) muscles are equally strong.

Now I’m going to test the calf muscles to see how strong they are. Please lift your right leg up and stand three times on your left toes, please, putting only slight weight on your hands and up and down and up and hold it. Hold it, go up and hold it, hold it, hold it. You’re looking to see if the leg has any tremor in it or weakness and down. And now would you repeat it raising your left leg but please raise your right heel now, standing on your toes. We’re testing the calf muscles here, we’re going to do it three times and now hold it there. Hold, you’re looking again to see if the whole leg is beginning to shake or in fact, if the patient cannot lift the heel at all.

Thank you very much, Meralgia, Sciatic and Femoral Muscles are the muscles most frequently affected by the sciatic and femoral nerves. This is ChiropracticHealth.com.

Meralgia Symptoms and Treatment

Simplified Meralgia Symptoms and Treatment

A short video introduction to meralgia paresthetica symptoms and treatment:

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Here’s the transcript:

Meralgia Paresthetica is a condition characterized by symptoms like tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer part of your thigh. The cause of meraligia paresthetica is compression of the nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of your thigh, tight clothing, obesity or weight gain and pregnancy are common causes of meralgia paresthetic.

However, meralgia paresthetica can also be due to local trauma or diabetes. Meralgia paresthetica symptoms, pain or burning over the outside of the thigh. Numbness over the outside of the thigh. Sensitivity to light touch over the outside of the thigh. Worsening of symptoms with certain positions. Increased symptoms when wearing tight belts, work belts, or tight waist clothes, recent weight gain or pregnancy

Meralgia paresthetica treatment, physical therapy to strengthen the muscles of the legs and buttocks and reduce injury to the hips. Wearing less restrictive clothing. Weight loss management. Surgical treatment, called sensory nerve surgery. Cortisone injections may also be prescribed.

Meralgia paresthetica is a common disease, yet every individual needs unique treatment and care. We encourage people with meralgia paresthetica and their families to learn as much as possible about the latest medical treatment and approaches as well as healthy lifestyle choices.
For more information about the meralgia paresthetica symptoms and treatment, just click on the link at the description. Or visit www.MainMD.com.

Meralgia and Tight Clothes

A Short Video About Meralgia and Tight Clothes

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Female: Well it’s been a top fashion fade for the last few years, but could wearing those trendy skinny jeans land you in your doctor’s office?

Male: Yeah it’s a concern that one of the major reasons why I personally don’t wear skinny jeans. ABC’s Rachel Smith who’s been known to doan a pair once in a while, she’s been looking into whether hot pants can make you a hot mess, Rachel good morning.

Rachel: I know, good morning you guys. Maybe feeling like a hot mess is more like it. It’s probably fair to say that many of us have been a victim of fashion at some point in our life. Yet, some people are wearing these jeans everywhere. Skin tight, painted on and yes they look great, but what if that trend pinches more than your wallet and crushes more than your ego?

Rachel: Will Farrell may have mocked them on Jimmy Fallon, but everyone is still shimmying into them. The first family, Taylor Swift, even her new beau Harry Stiles, all styling it in skinny. But doctors warn that this fashion do, may pose some troubling health don’ts. According to the medical community, those tight pants can squeeze more than your silhouette, temporarily pinching the nerves in your hips causing something call meralgia parasethetica.

Female: It’s a disorder that occurs when one of the nerves that runs in the outer part of the thigh gets compressed and pressure on it causes symptoms of tingling, numbness and pain.

Rachel: Other possible health hazards, abdominal pain, heart burn, even blood clots. But most fashionistas outside our New York studios were willing to take the risk.

Will, circulation problems, potential health risks, stop you from wearing this trend?

Female: No, it just looks too good.

Rachel: If you’re going to sport the skinny, doctors say best bet, go stretchy and give your body a little room to breathe. Another tip, ditch the heels. They only increase circulation problems.

Female: Because the pelvis tilts on, it can further accentuate the pressure that’s caused.

Rachel: As the tight trend continues to squeeze society, one leg at a time.

Just remember to wear them responsibly.

Well, that video is something, right? But all jokes aside, these risks will continue as long as the style is trending. Now if you have to do a lunge, a squat or perhaps an awkward stretch to get into those tight pants, chances are, you should probably toss them right back into the closet.

Female: You mean that’s not normal protocol?

Rachel: But you know we’re all guilty of it. Pull them out of the washer and done the lunge, done the squat.

Female: Those are good tips, stretching and make sure you get some that fit.

Rachel: Absolutely.

Female: Then you don’t have to give up the idea of wearing skinny jeans.

Male: Yeah, I tuned out that entire conversation.

 

Meralgia Post-Surgery Video

Here’s a Meralgia Post-Surgery Video

The last resort for meralgia sufferers is usually surgery (which is pretty thoroughly discussed in Curing Meralgia Paresthetica) so here’s a conversation between a surgeon and patient after the surgery:

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Dr. Williams: We are now approximately 6 months from a removal of the left lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. And the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve effects the outside of the thigh here. Can you tell me what kind of pain you are having prior to this operation?

Male: It’s almost impossible to tell you how severe the pain was. I’ve never experienced anything like it.

Dr. Williams: And what was the cause of that pain, do you remember?

Male: My belief is it got damaged during surgery when they replaced my left hip.

Dr. Williams: Okay.

Male: And the doctor never admitted to that, but it doesn’t matter, I just had to get the pain. And to be honest, Dr. Williams, I’ve told you this several times, if it weren’t for you, I don’t think I’d be alive today. I couldn’t take the pain.

Dr. Williams: Okay, so your pain was pretty bad?

Male: The worst I’ve ever felt in my entire life.

Dr. Williams: And give me an example. Were you able to wear pants or touch your leg or anything.

Male: No it was like my leg, like somebody poured lighter fluid on my leg and light it. It was like intense heat.

Dr. Williams: Okay.

Male: And I couldn’t even put a wet washcloth on it for any length of time because the weight of the washcloth hurt the nerves and I would take the washcloth off and the pain would come back. There was no hope. There was nothing.

Dr. Williams: Okay.

Male: Until I really came to see you.

Dr. Williams: And 6 months ago we removed that nerve and what differences did you notice?

Male: When I came out of anesthesia, after you removed that nerve, I could tell that the pain was gone. There were still some residual effects that have been aggravated but it was immediate.

Dr. Williams: And compared to before surgery, what level of pain do you have now?

Male: Zero.

Dr. Williams: Zero pain?

Male: It’s unbelievable.

Dr. Williams: And we do remove a nerve, so do you have a lot of numbness in your leg or was it already numb before surgery too?

Male: No, I don’t have as much as numbness as you told me I would have.

Dr. Williams: Okay.

Male: I don’t know, I still feel pressure fine. Heat and cold to some degree. It doesn’t bother me at all.

Dr. Williams: Very good.

Male: So it’s better than I anticipated.

Dr. Williams: Alright, very well, thank you so much.
Male: Thank you.

Meralgia Paresthetica Surgery

Is Meralgia Paresthetica Surgery For You?

Surgery for meralgia is a last-ditch strategy. When all else fails, people start giving serious thought to having their LFCN cut. Here’s a video and transcript of a post-surgery meralgia patient and his doctor:

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and here’s the transcript:

Dr. Williams: We are now approximately 6 months from a removal of the left lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. And the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve effects the outside of the thigh here. Can you tell me what kind of pain you are having prior to this operation?

Male: It’s almost impossible to tell you how severe the pain was. I’ve never experienced anything like it.

Dr. Williams: And what was the cause of that pain, do you remember?

Male: My belief is it got damaged during surgery when they replaced my left hip.

Dr. Williams: Okay.

Male: And the doctor never admitted to that, but it doesn’t matter, I just had to get the pain. And to be honest, Dr. Williams, I’ve told you this several times, if it weren’t for you, I don’t think I’d be alive today. I couldn’t take the pain.

Dr. Williams: Okay, so your pain was pretty bad?

Male: The worst I’ve ever felt in my entire life.

Dr. Williams: And give me an example. Were you able to wear pants or touch your leg or anything.

Male: No it was like my leg, like somebody poured lighter fluid on my leg and light it. It was like intense heat.

Dr. Williams: Okay.

Male: And I couldn’t even put a wet washcloth on it for any length of time because the weight of the washcloth hurt the nerves and I would take the washcloth off and the pain would come back. There was no hope. There was nothing.

Dr. Williams: Okay.

Male: Until I really came to see you.

Dr. Williams: And 6 months ago we removed that nerve and what differences did you notice?

Male: When I came out of anesthesia, after you removed that nerve, I could tell that the pain was gone.

There were still some residual effects that have been aggravated but it was immediate.

Dr. Williams: And compared to before surgery, what level of pain do you have now?

Male: Zero.

Dr. Williams: Zero pain?

Male: It’s unbelievable.

Dr. Williams: And we do remove a nerve, so do you have a lot of numbness in your leg or was it already numb before surgery too?

Male: No, I don’t have as much as numbness as you told me I would have.

Dr. Williams: Okay.

Male: I don’t know, I still feel pressure fine. Heat and cold to some degree. It doesn’t bother me at all.

Dr. Williams: Very good.

Male: So it’s better than I anticipated.

Dr. Williams: Alright, very well, thank you so much.

Male: Thank you.

Meralgia and Yoga

Why Meralgia and Yoga Go Together

When we surveyed our 700+ subscribers we were amazed to find that they voted yoga #1 for granting relief from meralgia paresthetica symptoms. Why? Read on…

Meralgia symptoms are caused by a compression (and damage) to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN). I damaged mine – paradoxically – doing a yoga pose called Marichasana B. I was 72 and had lost a lot of weight during a long, tropical summer so my normal subcutaneous fat layer had melted away and was not deep enough to protect the nerve from compression  The lovely woman is doing the pose correctly but I crushed my LFCN when I bent forward to touch my forehead to my toe.

The further forward I bent, the deeper the blade (outer edge) of my foot dug into my inner thigh until, eventually –you guessed it – it hit my LFCN and crushed it. I paid for that mistake with months in bed and years of rehab. And my rehab consisted mostly of – you saw this coming! – yoga!

So let’s look at a simple sequence that starts to decompress the lumbar spine. Why start at the lumbar spine? Because that’s where the LFCN exits the spinal column and that’s where some people have damaged LFCNs. This is a series called The Decompression Project and it’s developer, Ruthie Fraser, provides a series of videos that are an ideal way to begin to…graaaadually…take pressure off your lumbar, hip and thigh regions. Here’s the first of Ruthie’s series:

Meralgia and Inversion Tables

Meralgia and Inversion Tables: Can Inversion Tables Help?

Inversion tables are designed to decompress our joints so, since meralgia paresthetica is often caused by a compressed lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN), it may be worth trying inversion. But don’t rush out and buy a table yet. Read the rest of this post and watch all the videos before you spend hundreds of dollars. First, here’s a video about the potential benefits of inversion tables.

Want to try it? Learn how to use the inversion table correctly:

If you don’t know anyone with an inversion table you can try or borrow, I recommend this one, the Innova ITM 4800 for several reasons:

  1. It allows you to control your angle of inclination easily. Most inversion tables don’t, which means you’re either upright or upside down!
  2. It allows you to warm your lower back muscles before you invert. Warmth relaxes them and relaxation allows the joints to separate more easily.
  3. It allows you to massage your lower back. A feature you might enjoy.
  4. It’s sturdy.
  5. It’s the best combination of price, quality and features I’ve found.

Before you go, though, watch one more video about the downside of inversion tables – just to be sure you’re making an informed choice and know how to avoid stressing your muscles:

Finally, if you’re getting good results from inversion, consider combining it with medical marijuana. It’s a natural analgesic and also an anti-inflammatory. Read more about marijuana and meralgia in this post.

 

Marijuana and Meralgia

Marijuana and Meralgia:

Results From PatientsLikeMe Survey Highlight Patient Beliefs About Medical Marijuana

 

A new survey of 219 PatientsLikeMe members has found that patients with certain conditions who use medical marijuana believe it is the best available treatment for them, with fewer side effects than other options and few risks. The survey, conducted in June 2015, is among the first to gauge patient perceptions about the benefits and risks of medical marijuana and their level of willingness to recommend its use.

PatientsLikeMe’s Vice President for Advocacy, Policy, and Patient Safety, Sally Okun, RN said that while the number of respondents and conditions represented is limited, the survey and its results come at an important time. “As more people consider using medical marijuana, and more states legalize it, patients need to know what others are experiencing. This survey starts to gather real world data about marijuana as medicine—information that may be useful for patients and their physicians as they explore options and make treatment decisions.”

Half of the survey respondents started using medical marijuana in the last five years, while 25% started to do so in the last two years. Smoking (71%), edibles (55%), and vaporizing (49%) were the most commonly used methods for taking the treatment. The top three conditions represented were multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and depression. Key findings are as follows:

Usage and Perceived Side Effects

  • About three quarters (74%) of survey respondents agree that medical marijuana is the best treatment available for their health issue. Another 20% are unsure if there is another option available.
  • 76% report that they use medical marijuana because other treatments weren’t working and/or caused too many side effects. About 21% use it to avoid the side effects of other treatments.
  • When asked about the severity of side effects from using marijuana, 86% of PatientsLikeMe members who report using marijuana indicate the side effects are either “none” or “mild.” The same group says those side effects include dry mouth, increased appetite, and sleepiness.

Perceived Benefits and Risks

  • Survey respondents use medical marijuana for more than one reason, including to treat pain (75%), muscle stiffness or spasms (69%), insomnia (67%) and anxiety (55%). The majority (63%) considered marijuana as a treatment option because they think it is more natural.
  • Most (93%) say that they would recommend medical marijuana to another patient.
  • About 61% say their healthcare provider is supportive of their medical marijuana use, and 60% have a letter of recommendation or prescription.
  • Most patients report a low level of concern (“Not at all” or “A little”) with long-term health risks, such as developing lung cancer (89%), long-term lung damage (86%), or becoming addicted/dependent (96%).
  • One in four patients (26%) report being “Somewhat” or “Very” concerned with legal problems.

Can Medical Marijuana Treat Meralgia Paresthetica?

I’d suffered from meralgia paresthetica pain for a year before visiting a friend in California who suggested medical marijuana. He said marijuana has two potentially helpful actions: it’s an analgesic and an anti-inflammatory. I knew that marijuana is non-toxic and…this was California – so what could go wrong? My friend baked up a batch of brownies (he’s against smoking of any kind and says that you need to ingest all the parts of the plant to get the full benefits) and gave me half of his ‘standard’ brownie. Within 30 minutes I’d not only lost track of time, I’d also lost consciousness of my chronic pain. Eureka! At last I’d found a natural alternative to my favorite pharmaceutical, gabapentin. (I also understood why pharmaceutical companies fight so hard to ban marijuana!).

Marijuana’s action as an analgesic (pain killer) removed my pain symptoms while its anti-inflammatory action soothed my inflamed lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (or LFCN: the nerve that, when compressed and irritated, gives rise to meralgia symptoms).

Since that happy day I’ve been able to give up pharmaceuticals completely. Better yet, I’ve been able to begin the exercise routine in the book: I feel so relaxed when I stretch that I sometimes hold the posture just for the pleasure of it.

Here’s Dr. D.I. Abrams talking about his research with marijuana and neuropathy (nerve pain):

Worth Reading: In the video above, Dr Abrams talks about publishing his research. Here’s the research in published form: Cannabis in painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathy A randomized placebo-controlled trial.