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Meralgia Paresthetica

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is meralgia paresthetica (MP)?

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.

What increases my risk for MP?

What are the symptoms of MP?

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

How is MP diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms. Tell him or her when they began and if anything makes your symptoms worse or better. Your provider may diagnose MP based on your symptoms. He or she may use any of the following to find a different cause of your symptoms:

How is MP treated?

MP may go away without treatment after a few weeks or months. If symptoms continue, you may need any of the following:

How can I manage MP?

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

When should I call my doctor?

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