Meralgia, also known as meralgia paresthetica, is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, and burning pain in the outer thigh. It is caused by compression or irritation of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which runs from the spine through the groin and into the outer thigh.
Meralgia is typically caused by pressure on the nerve, which can be caused by tight clothing, obesity, pregnancy, or injury. In some cases, underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or hypothyroidism may also contribute to the development of meralgia.
Symptoms of meralgia may include:
Treatment for meralgia may include: