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I have recently started experiencing numbness on my outer left thigh. If left untreated, will meralgia paresthetica cause any damage?

I have recently started experiencing numbness on my outer left thigh. If left untreated, will meralgia paresthetica cause any damage?

Neuromuscular: The worst meralgia paresthetica could get is permanent numbness and neuropathic pain in the lateral thigh. This is commonly seen after sudden drastic changes in weight (gain or loss). Most of the time is self limited and improves over time. We recommend madications like lyrica, (pregabalin) gabapentin, Cymbalta or Amitriptyline for severe pain only as the recovery occurs regardless. ...Read more

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Meralgia Paresthetica (Definition)

Meralgia paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer part of your thigh. The cause of meralgia paresthetica is compression of the nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of your thigh. ...Read more


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What are some things I should know about meralgia paresthetica?

What are some things I should know about meralgia paresthetica?

Basic Info: Meralgia paresthetica is caused by pressure on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve & can cause tingling, numbness & pain of the outer thigh. It can be related to wearing too tight clothes, obesity, pregnancy, scarring near the inguinal ligament as well as prolonged standing, walking or bicycling. If you have it – wear looser clothes, take off some weight (if that is the cause) & avoid prolonged >. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: meralgia paresthetica?

Nerve Compression: Meralgia paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer part of your thigh. The cause of meralgia paresthetica is compression of the nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of your thigh. See: http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/meralgia-paresthetica/ds00914. ...Read more

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I have meralgia paresthetica which causes burning, any recommendations?

I have meralgia paresthetica which causes burning, any recommendations?

Meralgia paresthetic: It is basically a pinched nerve at the junction of the abdomen and leg (groin). A series of nerve blocks can give the best results along with some specific medications such as gabapentin. Avoiding pressure is better for long term. Avoid tight heavy belts, lose weight if you are overweight. Sometimes it can happen in pregnant women and it resolves after delivery. Good luck ...Read more

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Developed meralgia paresthetica. Lost 80lbs. Have large pannus. Does panniculectomy become medically necessary now?

Developed meralgia paresthetica. Lost 80lbs. Have large pannus. Does panniculectomy become medically necessary now?

Maybe not: Depends on how bad the meralgia is. Since that is compression of a superficial sensory nerve and doesn't lead to any motor dysfunction then it might not be considered significant. If, on the other hand, the nerve irritation is causing severe neuropathic type pain then it might be considered significant enough to justify the surgery ...Read more

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Physical therapy for meralgia paresthetica?

Physical therapy for meralgia paresthetica?

Meralgia Parenthetic: Http://emedicine. Medscape. Com/article/308199-treatment#1.

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Would meralgia paresthetica get progressively more painful with walking/standing then resolve other than the tingling when at rest?

Would meralgia paresthetica get progressively more painful with walking/standing then resolve other than the tingling when at rest?

Yes: It tends to be worse with longer periods with your back in extension and possibly tighter close as well. Try loosening belt, pants, especially while standing, as this can aggravate the compression. It should also only be sensory, so if you start noticing motor weakness anywhere, look for a different diagnosis. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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Taking gabapentin 300mg three times a day for meralgia paresthetica. Started six days ago. No relief. How long before this stuff kicks in?

Taking gabapentin 300mg three times a day for meralgia paresthetica. Started six days ago. No relief. How long before this stuff kicks in?

Are we there yet?: You're pretty close to when you should be feeling something with that particular dose. I tend to titrate people rather slowly (1 pill escalate weekly) so it depends how your doctor told you to ramp this medication up but if you've been going 3x/day right from the get go then, maybe a few more days to a week at best. If you're no better then, either the dose is too low or medication inadequate. ...Read more

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Can meralgia paresthetica cause pain when the leg Isn't numb?

Can meralgia paresthetica cause pain when the leg Isn't numb?

See pain neurologist: The cause of meralgia paresthetica is compression of the nerve of your thigh. The common reasons are pregnancy, diabetes, obesity. the good news is that the treatment always conservative and successful in many cases. See pain management neurologist. ...Read more

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Developed meralgia paresthetica following ganz osteotomy - I am a nurse and this is my guess. I'm almost 3 weeks out, on gabapentin, getting worse?

Developed meralgia paresthetica following ganz osteotomy - I am a nurse and this is my guess. I'm almost 3 weeks out, on gabapentin, getting worse?

Try PEMF: There's not much in the literature that will help meralgia paresthetica. Gabapentin is a good idea. Increase the dose to just under that which makes you drowsy. Most drs. Don't use enough. Also, I have had one patient with mp who responded very well to pemf (pulsed electromagnetic frequency). Google pemf to see its many documented benefits. My patient only required 4 treatments. ...Read more

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Doc gave me gabapentin for meralgia paresthetica. How long before med kicks in for pain? Feel kind of euphoric. Normal?

Doc gave me gabapentin for meralgia paresthetica. How long before med kicks in for pain? Feel kind of euphoric. Normal?

Usually a few days.: Gabapentin acts to stabilize nerves that are firing to much and are causing pain. Such as those in meralgia paresthetica. It can take a few days for the gabapentin to become effective, especially when starting with a low dose and increasing incrementally. Side effects include lethargy, sleepiness, dizziness, and yes a feeling of euphoria. Sometimes starting slow minimizes side effects. ...Read more

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Is burning thigh pain a usual symptom of meralgia paresthetica?

Is burning thigh pain a usual symptom of meralgia paresthetica?

Yes: Burning or numbness along the lateral thigh is classic for meralgia paresthetica, but if you do not have a reason for it (protuberant abdomen, lots of pushing activities bent forward) then make sure other sources have been excluded (like an L4 root compression). ...Read more

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Is any specific diet or multivitamin medicine meralgia paresthetica (nerve problem in out ER thigh)?

Is any specific diet or multivitamin medicine meralgia paresthetica (nerve problem in out ER thigh)?

Self limited.: No medication. This is a self limited problem. Usually goes away without much intervention. Avoid tight garments and lose weight if this is part of your problem. If it persists beyond a few months or gets really painful see your doc to consider meds. ...Read more

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Saw an orthopedic doctor, got diagnosed with meralgia paresthetica they have suggested a nerve block to be done. Should I do it what's the risk?

Not much risk: Meralgia Paresthetica is caused by entrapment or infringement of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (L2-L3), with pain, hyperasthesia, and numbness of the frontal and side of the thigh. A nerve block can be both diagnostic and therapeutic and in good hands poses only minor risks. ...Read more

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After 2.5 yrs. Of leg numbness & pain, I have diagnosis of meralgia paresthetica. What are common treatments & likelihood of success after so long?

After 2.5 yrs. Of leg numbness & pain, I have diagnosis of meralgia paresthetica. What are common treatments & likelihood of success after so long?

2nd look: Meralgia paresthetica is burning pain and numb feeling in the outside and front of thigh i.E pant pocket area. Usually it resolves after about 6 months and putatively occurs by a pinching or disease of a nerve called lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh. The duration of symptoms raises some doubt about diagnosis. Also if by "leg" you mean some other area than thigh then also doubt is raised. ...Read more

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Is meralgia paresthetica cureable with out any medical treatment?

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Is meralgia paresthetica cureable with out any medical treatment?

Yes: It actually isn't curable with any medical treatment; the only cure is to relieve the compression on the nerve (weight loss, looser clothing). ...Read more

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