Meralgia paresthetica

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What is meralgia paresthetica?

Meralgia paresthetica is characterized by tingling, burning pain, numbness or an irritating sensation felt on the outer side of the thigh due to injury, compression, or disease of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (LFCN), a sensory nerve to the skin.

Common symptoms reported by people with meralgia paresthetica

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with meralgia paresthetica

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2) meralgia paresthetica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
meralgia paresthetica (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(5 HTP TR)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
1
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol PM)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
pain (1)

Data from patients with meralgia paresthetica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with meralgia paresthetica

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Xanax)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
for depressed mood (3 evaluations)
Side effects
decreased appetite hyperness 2 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lexapro)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
anxious mood (2) depressed mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Neurontin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Norco)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
pain (2) meralgia paresthetica (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Vistaril)
Perceived effectiveness
for anxious mood (6 evaluations)
Side effects
dry mouth tiredness
Total evaluations
6
Tried for
anxious mood (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
dizziness sleepiness
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
meralgia paresthetica (1) pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(5 HTP TR)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol PM)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with meralgia paresthetica, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has meralgia paresthetica on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 3
30s 14
40s 26
50s 25
60s 13
70+ 5
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 3
20-29 years 9
30-39 years 16
40-49 years 6
50-59 years 5
60-69 years 1
70+ years 1

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 15
Female 74

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 42
Not Diagnosed 8

These charts show data from meralgia paresthetica patients who have completed their condition history
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