What on Earth is Meralgia Paresthetica?
What exactly is meralgia paresthetica? Also called Bernhardt-Roth syndrome, Meralgia Parasthetica, Neuralgia Paraesthetica, femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome, LFCN syndrome, or burning thigh syndrome–is caused not by injury to the thigh, but by injury to a nerve that extends from the thigh to the spinal column: the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, or LFCN. The term Meralgia Paraesthetica comprises four Greek roots, which together denote “thigh pain with anomalous perception”. In other words, you perceive the pain not at the point of injury to the nerve, but somewhere else: where the nerve ends.
The nerve root comes out of your spinal cord between the lowest (or twelfth) thoracic vertebra and the highest (or first) lumbar vertebra, usually abbreviated (T12) and (L1) and comes close to the skin when it exits from under the inguinal ligament. (See illustration)
- pain can be experienced anywhere from your hip to your knee
- pain tends to move around
- pain is strongest at night and diminishes by day
- usually involves weakness in the affected leg and numbness and/or tingling.
- numbness and/or pain in the outer thigh
- abnormal or heightened sensitivity to touch in the outer thigh.
- burning pain
- pain may extend to the knees, groin, or buttocks
- in 80% of cases, symptoms occur on only one side of the body.
Though many people suffer from long term and chronic meralgia, MP typically lasts about 6-12 weeks. This can be reduced to 3-4 weeks using the treatments described here.
World wide, Meralgia Parasthetica newly afflicts about 10,000 people every day.
So now you know what is Meralgia Paresthetica is. The rest of this site tells you what you can do to relieve its symptoms.