Meralgia Paresthetica: Meaning, Diagnosis and Overview

What is Meralgia Paresthetica?

Meralgia paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in your outer thigh. It is caused by compression of a nerve called the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh. This nerve supplies feeling (sensation) to the outer thigh. It is known as a nerve entrapment syndrome.

Recovery Time

 In most cases the condition improves with conservative treatment within few days.


Diagnosis is done by taking a complete medical history and a comprehensive clinical exam, including neurological exams and other tests may include:
  • Imaging studies such as X-rays and/or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Electrodiagnostic studies (EMG)
  • Diagnostic nerve block

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