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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
• Arthritis
• High blood pressure
• Diabetes
• Stroke
• 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
• Analgesics
• 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.

What causes Meralgia Paresthetica pain?

Meralgia Paresthetica pain can occur in the upper and middle part of the front thigh. Someone can experience a burning and stinging sensation that is similar to an ant or bee sting. This type of pain or discomfort is often caused by issues with the lateral cutaneous nerve. Sometimes, the issues with this nerve can be caused by the route of the lateral cutaneous nerve that is pinched or rubbed. Constantly flexing the hips can also cause this condition. Someone with diabetes may be more prone to developing a pinched nerve.

What type of medical practitioner treats Meralgia Paresthetica?

A neurologist is normally the type of medical practitioner that is contacted for evaluation and management of Meralgia Paresthetica. The neurologist can perform an EMG or nerve conduction test to help find a diagnosis. Also, this type of doctor is often recommended because this condition is caused because of a nerve injury. The doctor can also help with arranging other investigations and treatments. Meralgia Peresthetica is caused by an injury to the lateral cutaneous nerve in someone’s thigh. In order to find the actual cause of the condition, a doctor will need to perform several different tests. These tests can also help find the proper treatment. When someone is showing signs of this condition, questions can arise about the side effects or complications. For more information or answers to these questions, an individual can contact an Expert.
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