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Meralgia paresthetica (say "muh-RAL-juh par-uhs-THET-ick-uh") is pain and numbness in the outer part of your thigh. The pain might get worse after you walk or stand for a long time.
This pain and numbness occur when a nerve in your thigh is pinched (compressed). Sometimes the problem is caused by wearing tight clothing or being overweight.
Most of the time the problem goes away on its own in a few months. Lowering any pressure on the thigh area may help. Wear loose clothes, and lose weight if you need to.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: November 20, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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