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Meralgia paresthetica

Meralgia paresthetica: Introduction

Meralgia paresthetica causes tingling, numbness or other sensations on the upper thigh. It is a type of paresthesia caused by nerve damage to one of the nerves coming from the spine to the thigh region. Most commonly it arises from nerve compression or nerve entrapment, such as exertion of the thigh, pelvis, or hip area. In such cases, it usually gradually resolves over time, with appropriate rest, taking between a few weeks to months to cure. At the other extreme, this nerve problem can be the symptom of a serious underlying disease including a spinal cord nerve disorder, such as multiple sclerosis, especially if similar symptoms arise in other body areas. Hence, symptoms such as numb thigh or thigh paresthesias need prompt medical diagnosis to rule out the less likely but more serious possible underlying causes. ...more »

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Treatments for Meralgia paresthetica

  • Wearing loose clothes, weight loss, reduce amount of time spent on feet, medications such as Gabapentin, surgery (rare)
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Meralgia paresthetica is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Meralgia paresthetica, or a subtype of Meralgia paresthetica, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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