Meralgia Paresthetica is caused by the compression of one of the large sensory nerves in the leg

Meralgia Paresthetica is caused by the compression of one of the large sensory nerves in the leg — the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. This nerve provides sensation to the skin along the outer thigh starting from the inguinal ligament and extending down toward the knee. Compression of this nerve can result in numbness, tingling, pain or a burning sensation felt in the outer thigh.

The condition is also called #Bernhardt-#Roth syndrome.

🍁Symptoms of meralgia paresthetica may include:

Usually the warning signs of meralgia paresthetica only on one side of the body.

Pain, tingling, numbness, or burning in the outside of your thigh.

Sensitivity to light touch rather than to firm pressure.

High sensitivity to heat.

Pain may be worse after you’ve been walking or standing for a time.

symptoms may be mild at first, but as the condition gets worse,it leads to sharper, shooting pain. It may go away and come back for no clear reason.

🍁Meralgia Paresthetica Diagnosis:

Complete medical history

A comprehensive clinical exam, including neurological exams

Imaging studies such as MRI

Electrodiagnostic studies (EMG)

Diagnostic nerve block

🍁Common causes of meralgia paresthetica may include:

Weight gain and obesity

Tight clothing, including pants, stockings, a belt, or girdle


Injury, such as trauma from a seatbelt during a car crash

Something heavy worn around your waist, like a tool or gun belt


Repetitive motions that could irritate the nerve, such as certain leg movements

Standing or walking for a long time.

🍁Meralgia Paresthetica Treatment:

Depending on the underlying cause of pressure on the nerve.

Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles of the legs and buttocks, and reduce injury to the hips

Wearing less restrictive clothing

Weight loss management

Corticosteroid injection to reduce swelling

In some cases, surgery may be necessary to relieve the compression surrounding the nerve.