Meralgia paresthetica is characterised by tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer thigh. It is caused by nerve compression that provides sensation to the skin covering your thigh.
Meralgia paresthetica may cause the following symptoms affecting the outer part of your thigh:
These symptoms commonly occur on one side of your body and might intensify after walking or standing.
Meralgia paresthetica occurs when the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (which supplies sensation to the surface of your outer thigh) is pinched or compressed. The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve only affects sensation and does not affect your ability to use your leg muscles.
Common causes of this compression include any condition that increases pressure on the groin, including:
In most cases, Dr Shiva can diagnose meralgia paresthetica based on your medical history and a physical exam.
To rule out other conditions, Dr Shiva might recommend the following:
Most people’s symptoms of meralgia paresthetica ease in a few months. Treatment focuses on relieving nerve compression.
Nonsurgical treatment options include:
Surgery to decompress the nerve is sometimes considered for people with severe and long-lasting symptoms.