| Meralgia
What is Meralgia ?

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:

  • Numbness, tingling, or burning pain in the outer thigh
  • Sensitivity to touch in the affected area
  • Pain that worsens with standing or walking and improves with rest
  • Weakness in the affected leg

Treatment for meralgia may include:

  • Avoiding activities or clothing that put pressure on the affected area
  • Weight loss or exercise to reduce pressure on the nerve
  • Medications to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Physical therapy or stretching exercises to improve mobility and flexibility
  • In some cases, injections or surgery may be necessary to relieve pressure on the nerve.
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