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Meralgia Paresthetica

What is Meralgia Paresthetica?

Meralgia Paresthetica is a neurological condition that causes severe pain, numbness and tingling in your outer thigh. It occurs when there is a lot of pressure or damage caused to the nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of your thigh.

What causes Meralgia Paresthetica?

Meralgia Paresthetica is caused by certain conditions that cause increase in pressure on the groin area and may include:

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Wearing tight clothes
  • Wearing heavy tool belt
  • Previous medical or surgical procedures
What are the symptoms of MeralgiaParesthetica?

The most common symptoms of MeralgiaParesthetica are:

  • Pain, numbness and tingling sensation in the outer thigh
  • Sensitivity to light tough
  • Sensitivity to heat
How can Meralgia Paresthetica be treated?

The goal of treatment for MeralgiaParesthetica is to ease pressure on the nerve that is compressed and may include:

  • Conservative measures (wearing loose clothing, shed extra kilos, taking pain relievers)
  • Medications
  • Surgery in rare cases to decompress the nerve