Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome (also known as meralgia paresthetica) happens when the nerve that supplies feeling to the thigh becomes pinched. This condition can be caused by nerve injury, obesity or weight gain, pregnancy, scar tissue near the nerve, or wearing tight clothing.
Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome can be successfully treated with health-affirming lifestyle changes like losing weight and wearing looser clothing. In many cases, pain can be managed with over-the-counter medication.
For more severe meralgia paresthetica symptoms, prescription pain medication and surgery can provide relief.
In order to make a Lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome diagnosis, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and may order tests to help rule out other conditions.
These tests may include:
The most effective lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome treatments include wearing looser clothing, losing excess weight, and taking over-the-counter pain medication.
Additional meralgia paresthetica treatments may include:
For severe or long-lasting pain, your doctor may suggest surgery as another lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome treatment option.