Meralgia Symptoms and Treatment

Simplified Meralgia Symptoms and Treatment

A short video introduction to meralgia paresthetica symptoms and treatment:

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.
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7 thoughts on “Meralgia Symptoms and Treatment”

  1. I’ve had it for about
    3 years, I sleep with a fluffy pillow under my knees. I helps to not lay flat. ….that keeps the LFCN from touching the legament in the crotch and setting your leg on fire in the night. Try it, it works……Bruce

    1. I’ve had this for over 13 years, since I was 19. At the time when I was diagnosed, I was in excellent shape. I couldn’t lay down for almost 6 months- it was that bad. Steroid injections didn’t work and the idea of cutting the nerve was unsettling. I finally found relief in Rolfing. I’ve tried acupuncture as well. Over the years, it has come and gone and I’ve learned to manage the pain with marihuana, massage, and stretching. I find that running and Pilates (Bar Method too) tend to make it worse for me which can be very frustrating. I’ve also found relief over the years but laying on top of my thigh. When I compress the leg with my weight it helps relieve the prickles. Bruce’s pillow under the knees trick is a great option as well when you really just want to lay down flat. Ps: I’m up at 4am because of my condition after 13 YEARS of dealing with it. Maybe I should have gone with the surgery?

  2. I’m 37yrs & 19 weeks pregnant and I’ve numbness in my right thigh from last 10-15 days. I never felt my thigh like this ever before. I have lower back pain problem from last 2 years. I want to know whether acupuncture is safe during pregnancy for meralgia paresthetica(numbness in thigh). Any suggestion for exercises which can relieve this problem. This tingling & numbness is very annoying. Any suggestions to cure this will be helpful.

  3. Had total hip replacement (Left Hip) on May 14th (2 weeks ago). I felt the pain immediately after surgery while in the recovery room. All hospital staff attributed the pain as normal to the hip replacement. It was worse than the pain from the actual surgery. I knew better because I have Meralgia Parastitica on my other leg (Right) as well for the last 7-8 years which I’ve been taking Gabapentin for relief. The recent new pain in my left leg is far worse. 10 days later the pain has increasingly gotten worse. I went to the follow up appt with the surgeon and he told me that it must be Meralgia after his exam. He advised me to double the dose of Gabapentin that I had been taking and sent me on my way. My family doctor refered me to a Physiatrist (which I never heard of.) Now waiting on the appointment. If I knew this would have happened I never would have had the hip replacement. I am a professional Drummer by trade for the last 40 years and now coming to realize that I may need to stop playing due to this. Very confused and depressed that this has happened knowing what Im in store for.

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