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Meralgia Paresthetica

INFORMATION ON MERALGIA PARESTHETICA:-
Meralgia paresthetica may be defined as an entrapment of the nerve which is primary carrier of sensation for the outer portion of the thigh. The nerve name “lateral femoral cutaneous” becomes entrapped as it passes under the ligament of the groin. This tremendous pressure on the nerve results in abnormal sensations of burning and uncomforts in thighs.
CAUSES OF MERALGIA PARESTHETICA:-
The main factor which leads to the development of Meralgia paresthetica are:-

1. Obesity.
2. Pregnancy.
3. Injury to the thigh.
SYMPTOMS OF MERALGIA PARESTHETICA:-
1. Pain or burning over the outside of the thigh.
2. Numbness over the outside of the thigh.
3. Sensitivity to light touch over the outside of the thigh.
4. Worsening of symptoms with certain positions.
5. Increased symptoms when wearing tight belts, work belts, or tight waist clothes.
DIAGNOSIS OF MERALGIA PARESTHETICA:-
Clinically Meralgia paresthetica can be diagnosed by:-

1. MRI.
2. CT scan.
3. Physical examination.
4. X-ray.
TREATMENT OF MERALGIA PARESTHETICA:-
The treatment of the Meralgia paresthetica is based on symptoms.

If the cause of Meralgia paresthetica is tight fitting clothing, belts, or work belts, then avoid these types of clothes. Women’s who are pregnant usually have complete resolution of their symptoms after delivery. If recent weight gain is thought to contribute to the condition, then a weight loss program may be recommended.
If treatment at home do not relieve your symptoms of Meralgia paresthetica, then a cortisone injection to the nerve may be helpful. The main aim is to reduce inflammation around the nerve which may be resulting to the pressure on the nerve.

Surgery is rarely employed in the treatment of Meralgia paresthetica. When all conservative treatments fail to provide relief, a surgical procedure may be considered.

 

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