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Meralgia Paresthetica

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 2, 2022.

Meralgia paresthetica (MP) is a condition that causes numbness, tingling, and burning pain in your thigh. MP occurs when the nerve that provides feeling to the area is pinched.


Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • You cannot feel or move your legs.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have severe leg pain.
  • Your symptoms do not improve with treatment.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Medicines may be given to relieve pain or decrease inflammation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell your provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Manage MP:

  • Take pressure off the nerve. Wear loose clothing. Do not wear tight pants, belts, or other tight clothes. Do not walk or stand for long periods of time. Ask your provider what a healthy weight is for you. He or she can help you create a safe weight loss plan if you are overweight.
  • Go to physical therapy, if directed. A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Follow up with your doctor as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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