Meralgia paresthetica

By Steve45694 Latest Reply 2015-03-24 04:02:55 -0500
Started 2011-03-28 14:45:43 -0500

Was wondering if anyone else has had or still having this problem? 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 lateral femoral cutaneous nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of your thigh. I have had this problem for about 2 years. Only till about 1 month has it progressed rapidly. I had steroid injections on both sides. The doctor injected on the outer part of my pelvis. The sensation is so bad, that it feels like a 3rd degree sunburn and I can't touch my outer thighs without getting very bad pain with it. I have to wear shorts and have them real loose on my legs. Through the night my legs will burn so bad I can't even stand it. Is there any relief insight for me? Will it go away as fast as it came on or am I in for a long painful ride? The doctor told me that the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve is pinched by the Inguinal Ligament, that passes over the nerve. He said it's type of neuropathy that some diabetics will experience. Any advice and input is very much appreciated. Thanks, Steve!

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CandieM 2015-03-23 18:44:13 -0500 Report

Steve, I have a similar pain but not in my thigh - it's around the boney part of the knee cap. It feels like a burning pain - brushing against sheets at night bothers me also. I haven't been to the doctor about it yet - but will be seeing him soon. I felt it might be some form of neuropathy as it feels slightly numb also. I don't have any foot pain, but do have numbness. I will use your Maralgia diagnosis as a jumping off point when I speak with my doctor. CandieM

Steve45694 2011-09-24 22:27:51 -0500 Report

I had back surgery on July 21 and I feel like a new man… I had L4, L5 & S1 fusion. No more numbness or pain in my legs…

CandieM 2015-03-23 18:45:56 -0500 Report

I just replied to your first post - before reading this. Glad you've solved your problem. Congratualtions.

Graylin Bee
Graylin Bee 2011-03-28 15:15:51 -0500 Report

Sorry you are in such pain. Nerve pain can be intolerable. I am not familar with Meralgia paresthecia so can only offer sympathy. Due to an incomplete spinal cord injury my husband has numbness and tingling through his thighes. His calves and ankles have a painful burning sensation that he says seems to radiate outwards and sometimes involvies the skin. I used to have episodes of severe pain through my entire left leg from a compressed nerve. However I think the surgery that fixed that problem would not apply in your case as it was a female related problem. I did not know that was the cause and just blamed a crocked back due to scoliosis.