Gwyn writes to describe a classic case of Meralgia Paresthetica, only this time the story has a happy ending:
Hello Dr. Godfree,
Thank you for writing a very informative book. My journey has lasted for over 3 years. The things that have held up a conclusive answer to my pain is that the pain moves around. It took 1 year to take the focus away from my left hip.
I was in an accident and broke my pelvis. When the crutches went away and walking began, I was having a cold feeling of pain on the outer part of my left thigh. Yes, the fracture was toward that side. My description of it was that it felt cold. Also, I felt that my ‘invisible’ underwear were too tight around the leg. The hip pain is very bad and includes a side ache up into my left ribs. The leg pain was so incidental to the hip pain that it was overlooked. Also, There was pain around the ankle and pins and needles on the sole of my foot. As you wrote, gabapentin has helped that very well.
Now three years into this, one morning, I searched again on-line for answers. I couldn’t believe what I found. This lead me to your book which I purchased right away.
My thigh pain is still cold for me and the hyper-sensitivity is on the front of the leg. I used a hot water bottle on my hip for nearly a year nightly. To be comfortable I lay down flat on my back with my knees draped over a pillow wedge. Always with a covering on the hip and thigh because of the cold.
I was very close to having an operation on my spine to separate a couple of discs. Thankfully, with the help of your book and the knowledge and back-up it has given me I hope to resolve this soon without back surgery. I have been on heavy narcotics this entire time, the pain has worsened, along with the drug in-take.
I hope this will be of some service to you. I can’t tell you how elated I am that this may be the answer I have been looking for.
Gwyn’s case of Meralgia Paresthetica is not unique. What is encouraging is her ability to overcome it. Meralgia can be discouraging, so this case will provide motivation to overcome it.