Meralgia Paresthetica is an isolated nerve condition primarily affecting the outer thighs. When blood circulation or nerve connections to these areas is interrupted, numbness and tingling sets in and can persist for hours or even days.
It’s primarily caused by damage to the nerves in the thigh area. Reasons for nerve damage include the wearing of overly tight pants, fat accumulation, traumatic injury to the area, neuropathy caused by diseases like diabetes, and standing for hours on end.
Meralgia paresthetica results in numbness along the surface of the outer thighs along with other symptoms.
Symptoms may come and go depending on how much pressure is being exerted on the nerves in the thigh. Other more serious causes of nerve symptoms are ruled out with imaging and nerve conduction testing before a diagnosis of meralgia paresthetica is confirmed.
Changing to loose clothing and remove tight belts or shoes can relieve short-term causes of this condition. For more long-lasting symptoms, you may need to lose weight or get cortisone injections to numb the inflamed nerves.
Exercise can be difficult with thigh numbness and pain, but it is one of the best treatments for restoring nerve and blood flow to the area. Only cases with confirmed nerve entrapment in the hip or groin area will respond positively to surgery.