Meralgia Paresthetica and Disability

Meralgia paresthetica is a physical medical condition with symptoms of tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer part of the thigh. Compression of the nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of the thigh causes meralgia paresthetica.

As discussed in the article “Meralgia Paresthetica, The Elusive Diagnosis“, the condition is relatively common, but is often mistaken for other disorders. Unfortunately, such elusiveness may lead to significant disability if the diagnosis and treatment is delayed or missed.

Meralgia paresthetica may be caused by tight clothing, obesity, weight gain, and pregnancy. However, meralgia paresthetica may also be caused by local trauma or a disease, such as diabetes.

Meralgia paresthetica can be relieved in many cases with conservative measures, such as wearing looser clothing. In severe cases, treatment may include medications to relieve pain and discomfort. In rare cases, surgery is an option.