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Meralgia Paresthetica

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • Medicines may be given to relieve pain or decrease inflammation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him 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.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

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

Self-care:

  • Maintain a healthy weight. This will decrease pressure on your nerve. Ask your healthcare provider how much you should weigh. Ask him to help you create a weight loss plan if you are overweight.
  • Decrease pressure on your nerve. Wear loose clothing. Do not wear tight pants, belts, or other tight clothes. Do not walk or stand for long periods of time.
  • Go to physical therapy. A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

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

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe leg pain.
  • You cannot feel or move your legs.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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