Meralgia, Sciatic and Femoral Muscles

If you’re concerned about Meralgia, Sciatic and Femoral Muscles, here’s a letter from a reader that you might find interesting:

“I would like to advise about my recent painful experience of this ailment.
I had a bout of sciatica on my left side which was helped by the wearing of a tight elastic  belt type contraption recommended by the physiotherapist.  It helped the sciatica, but caused Meralgia parasthetica.

“Unfortunately I played 18 holes of golf at the end of the week and because of all the bending in golf, finished the round in incredible pain.

Meralgia Paresthetica, Sciatic and Femoral Nerves
Meralgia Paresthetica, Sciatic and Femoral Nerves

“After a visit to emergency dept of hospital with no satisfaction, and incredible pain I was admitted to hospital the next day, under an orthopaedic specialist, and a neurological surgeon.  Because I am on Warfarin, they were very cautious with treatment.

“After ten days of continuing incredible pain, flat on my back, and no diagnosis
Pain relief was achieved to an extent with high dose oral morphine.
In desperation I turned to Dr Google and discovered your book.

“I passed this information onto the specialists and was given a steroid injection into my groin, the next day.  This gave Immediate relief, and I left hospital the next day

“I continued to improve for a couple of weeks.  Stupidly I decided to do some lifting …. And the next day back into hospital and square one.   After a couple of days of incredible pain I was given a huge dose of steroids and anti inflammatories into my groin.

“Once again this worked wonderfully and I left hospital. I am walking very well and have had one game of golf.

If not for your book I may never have known what my pain could be caused by.
However, it does need to be stressed that once you are pain free and feeling great, Do not lift heavy boxes or overdo things.  Beware!!

The femoral muscle is key to meralgia symptoms, but remember the role of the sciatic muscle, too. Here’s a useful 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

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.