Meralgia paresthetica is a condition, characterised by sensations of burning, tingling and pain in the upper outer aspect of thigh.
What is the underlying cause of meralgia paresthetica?
It is caused by entrapment or compression of the nerve that supplies sensation to the upper, outer aspect of thigh. The nerve is commonly called as lateral femoral cutaneous nerve of the thigh.
The condition can get aggravated by sitting in one position for a long time, wearing a tight belt, wearing skinny jeans, or compression of nerve by protruding abdomen in an obese person.
What are the common symptoms of meralgia paresthetica?
The common symptoms include one or more of the following symptoms, affecting the upper/mid thigh region:
The picture (shaded area) below shows the location of symptoms over thigh in meralgia paresthetica.