Meralgia Paresthetica Treatment
What is Meralgia Paresthetica?Meralgia Paresthetica is when pain or numbness is felt in the outer thigh. His can be caused by an injury to the nerve that goes from the spinal column to the thigh. Normally, this condition is not caused by an injury to the thigh itself. Often, this nerve can become damages by either entrapment or compression. Also, nerve damage can occur because of anatomical, abnormal structures, diabetic damage or trauma from a seat belt injury. When someone is showing signs of this condition, questions can arise about the treatments and possible cures. Read below where many questions have been answered by Experts.
What are Meralgia Paresthetica causes and what can be done to find these causes?Other than nerve compression, Meralgia Paresthetica causes can include:
• Herniated disk
• High blood pressure
• Transient ischemic attacks
• Underactive thyroid
• Abnormal levels of calcium, potassium or sodium
• Lack of Vitamin B12
The following tests may be needed to help determine the actual cause:
• Thyroid hormone
• Serum electrolyte levels
• Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
• CD4/CD8 Ratio: Immune System Analysis
• Vitamin D test
• Serum Vitamin B12 levels in the blood
What are Meralgia Paresthetica treatments?Meralgia Paresthetica treatments can include:
• Low doses of antidepressants
• Anticonvulsant medications
• Steroids can be used if the pain is severe
• For low levels of electrolytes, supplements can be used.
• The loss of weight if an individual is overweight
• Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) which will deliver small electric current to key points along the nerve pathway.