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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.

Symptoms of MP

may happen in one or both thighs. Symptoms may get worse if you stand or walk for a long time. You may have any of the following:

  • Numbness and tingling in the outer part of your thigh
  • Burning, stinging, or aching in the front or outer part of your thigh
  • Lower back pain that goes down your legs
  • Skin that is extra sensitive to the touch
  • Dull, achy pain in your groin and buttocks

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.


may not be needed. Symptoms may go away without treatment after a few weeks or months. If symptoms continue, you may need any of the following:

  • Medicines may be given to relieve pain or decrease inflammation.
  • Surgery may be needed if your symptoms are severe and other treatments do not work. The nerve may be removed or the tissue around it cut to relieve pressure.

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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