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meralgia paresthetica

paul7162ppaul7162 Posts: 3
Hello all. I am looking for some advice regarding an ongoing condition of mine. I posted yesterday regarding alarge disc bulge at the L2/L3 level with other back conditions over the year. This condition has been present for about 8 months. Over the past six months, I have met twice with my neuro to discuss surgery options. I explained my symptoms have always been extreme burning, tingling, and numbness in the outger thigh of my left leg. This pain has been locked in 24 hours a day.

My neuro never described my condition other than to discuss the L2/L3 disc protrusion. After further reading on the internet, I have discovered my conditon is called "Meralgia Paresthetica" which is caused by the compression of the femoral nerve not the sciatic nerve. I am experiencing every symptom of this condition

Has anyone experienced this condition? If so, how was it treated? Was surgery an option? Any information would be helpful. Thanks!


  • Just wanted to caution you about the hazards of self diagnosing via the Internet. It can be counterproductive to an individual when they focus on specific symptoms and overlook others. It can lead to giving less pertinent information to your doctor and possibly driving your treatment in the wrong direction.

  • I developed Meralgia Paresthetica in my right leg this January after a long jog. It ONLY affects the skin and not the muscle underneath. When I first had it it woke me up and I thought it was a bad muscle spasm but the muscle was fine to walk on. Then I realized it felt more like a bad sunburn every night. It went away very gradually over the last 4 or 5 months when i started wearing looser pants and sleeping pantless at night.

  • godfreeggodfree Posts: 1
    edited 03/31/2013 - 10:52 PM
    After a hellish 12-month struggle with Meralgia Paresthetica, countless consultations with neurologists, exercise therapists, pain management specialists, and healers of all stripes I was able to recover full functionality of my right leg.

    Along the way I learned of natural (and unnatural!) treatments and remedies, how to mobilize the parts of me that wanted to stay immobile, and even how to sit and stand.

    I poured it into a book, which is now live on Amazon. You can look inside it without downloading it, a xxxxxxx

    I hope it helps!

    Link removed, solicitation not permitted
    Post Edited by The Spine-Health Moderator Team
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