Meralgia Paresthetica

Tingling, numbness, and burning sensation in the outer part of the thigh is called Meralgia paresthetica, which is an effect of the compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Risk factors include diabetes, lead exposure, pregnancy, injury, and obesity. Phonophoresis, Physical therapy, Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, along with medications, can treat it.

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I am experiencing a buzzing sensation in my thigh when I move for a week. Is it something I should be concerned about?

Query: Hi doctor,A week ago, I started feeling a buzzing (like a mobile phone) periodically in my left thigh every two minutes. It has faded a week later now, and I never get the sensation when I am sitting and standing. But I can still faintly feel the vibrating sensation when I place weight on it, like w...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a feeling of vibrating sensation periodically in your left thigh while taking a step. But, according to the clinical features you are suffering from, you may suffer from meralgia...  Read Full »

What is the reason for pain in my knees and numbness in my leg?

Query: Hello doctor, My left leg is numb when I stand up and walk, and I feel like there is a bruise when I press it hard. There is also some pain in the knee when I bend it.  Read Full »

Dr. Atul Prakash

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The information provided is very scanty, and it is rather difficult to give you any important advice. Please let me know the exact symptoms that you have had, and the duration, location and nature of the pain, relieving factors, and injury locally or to the back, as we...  Read Full »

I got sudden soreness in my inner thighs with a burning sensation. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I have soreness in my inner thigh that hurts when I touch. It just came on suddenly. I feel burning sensation occasionally. Please advise the diagnosis.  Read Full »

Dr. Salah Saad Shoman

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This can be due to multiple causes. Please send a photo of the sores for a diagnosis. Revert with the photos to a general medicine physician online -->  Read Full »

Is my thigh numbness due to low blood circulation?

Query: Hi doctor, I have numbness in my left thigh. I have attached the region in the photograph. The red area is high in numbness and has very less sense. Only a nail or scratch can feel there. Other, green areas have mild numbness. When I sit for a long time, it worsens without pain. Sometimes, I feel th...  Read Full »

Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to This either can be due to pain radiating from the spine or it can be meralgia paresthetica (pain or numbness in outer thigh due to external nerve compression). This leads to numbness over the anterolateral aspect of thigh as you have it (attachment removed to protect pa...  Read Full »

Why is my scalp tender?

Query: Hi doctor, I am suffering from localized tenderness in scalp. I also have left thigh numbness. My doctor diagnosed it as mild meralgia paresthetica. He prescribed Pregabalin, but I did not take due to concern of dizziness and drowsiness. I always have a fear that antidepressant medicine can cause ca...  Read Full »

Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for giving such an elaborate information and history (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Scalp tenderness is a common symptom of migraine headache. It can be associated with hemicranial headache or it can be a sole symptom of migraine. Though there...  Read Full »

Why has my skin become sensitive without any visible symptom?

Query: Hello doctor,A part of my skin has become extremely sensitive for no apparent reason. The skin does not look different at all, and it seems to literally be the skin and nothing deeper or muscular. It is an area roughly 10 cm by 10 cm (~5”) on the front of my upper right thigh, the bottom of the ar...  Read Full »

Dr. Syed Shakeel Akthar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please provide a clear photograph for better understanding. With the description given it can be frictional dermatitis or tinea if it is itching. If there is no itching and only burning sensation, avoid friction of both legs by wearing suitable clothes and apply some...  Read Full »

Please advise about the safety of using Etodolac tablets in my case.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a mild localized effect of meralgia paresthetica on my left leg in the knee area with mild numbness around the localized knee area. I have mild pain on the left leg behind the knee disk from two years. The doctor gave me Etodolac 400 mg twice a day and Pantoprazole. My total ...  Read Full »

Dr. Lokesh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Etodolac is a pretty safe drug to use in normal individuals. But, people with a risk of heart disease or high blood pressure should not use this tablet. Secondly, an antacid like Pantoprazole or Rabeprazole should be used with this drug to negate the chances of acidity...  Read Full »

Why is there pain in buttock and thigh in an IBS patient?

Query: Hello doctor,This case of suspected IBS is related to my wife who is 34 years old. Symptoms mentioned below in sequence since seven months back are:Stabbing pain in lower part of left butt only which radiated down to the knee. The timing of pain occurrence is not specific, sometimes during the day, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Her symptoms suggest either meralgia paresthesia or nerve compression of L4 L5. Yes, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) or gastritis may be associated.In such case, my recommendations would get her an MRI LS spine. Most of the time X-rays do not show nerve compression. I wo...  Read Full »

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