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Burning thigh pain, also called meralgia parasthetica, is caused by pressure on the femoral lateral cutaneous nerve that gives sensation to the surface of the skin on the front and side of the thigh. Most people with meralgia paresthetica describe a burning pain in the thigh.
A number of factors can increase pressure on the nerve including excess weight, pregnancy weight, surgery, or excessively tight clothing. In most cases, meralgia paresthetica goes away on its own. In other cases, we may need to consider treatment options to reduce pressure on the nerve.
Burning thigh pain causes a number of sensations that include:
We base our diagnosis on your medical history, including what you tell us about your symptoms, and a physical examination. We may also order other studies if we think that another condition may be causing your symptoms.
We will ask you about your medical history and ask you a number of questions about your symptoms. These will include:
We will perform a physical examination of the hip and thigh area and ask you to show us exactly where your symptoms are located. We will also examine your back and your knees, to rule out problems in those areas that could be causing your symptoms.
We may order additional tests to confirm your diagnosis. These may include:
Burning thigh pain is caused by something pressing on, or pinching, the femoral lateral cutaneous nerve. The femoral lateral cutaneous nerve, which originates in the spine and extends to the outer thigh, is a sensory nerve that gives feeling to the skin of your outer thigh. There are a number of conditions and injuries that may increase pressure on the nerve or cause it to become trapped. These include:
If your symptoms are mild
Often, meralgia parasthetica is a temporary problem that goes away on its own. Sometimes it is clear what is causing pressure on the nerve, and you can take steps to relieve it. For example, if you wear tight clothing, we will recommend that you try wearing clothes that are looser around the waist. If you are carrying extra weight, talk to us about losing and maintaining a healthy weight.
Usually, symptoms related to pregnancy weight will begin to diminish as soon as the baby is born.
If your symptoms persist
If you still have symptoms 2 months later, we may recommend ibuprofen or other medications to treat nerve-related pain. We may also recommend a steroid injection into the thigh area to reduce pain and inflammation.
We rarely need to use surgery to treat meralgia parasthetica. If your symptoms persist for many months and become disabling, we may consider surgery to relieve pressure on the nerve. Surgery does not always help, and it may actually cause more scar tissue and worsen your symptoms.
If you are having symptoms that concern you, your first contact will typically be with your personal physician, who will evaluate your health and symptoms.
If specialty care is needed, your personal physician will facilitate the process of scheduling an appointment in my department. If appropriate, she or he might call me or one of my colleagues while you are in the office so we can all discuss your care together. If we decide you need an appointment with me after that discussion, we can often schedule it the same day or soon thereafter.
During your office visit, we will discuss your medical and family history and I will perform a physical exam. I will explain the findings of your exam and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We will discuss treatment options, and together we will create a treatment plan that is right for you.
If you need to talk with me after your visit or procedure, please call my office. You can also e-mail me with nonurgent issues from this website whenever it is convenient for you.
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If you have urgent concerns or issues while my office is closed, you can call the Appointment and Advice line. You will be connected with a nurse who can give you immediate advice.
If you are experiencing a serious problem or an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room when the clinic is not open.
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Another major benefit is our comprehensive electronic medical record system, which allows all of the doctors and clinicians involved in your care to stay connected on your health status and collaborate with each other as appropriate.
When every member of the health care team is aware of all aspects of your condition, care is safer and more effective.
We will work together to monitor and assess how your medications are working and make adjustments over time. Prescriptions can be filled at any Kaiser Permanente pharmacy. Just let me know which pharmacy works best for you, and I will send the prescription electronically in advance of your arrival at the pharmacy.
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If we decide together that your condition would also benefit from the care of other types of specialists, our staff will help arrange the appointment(s) with one or more of my specialty colleagues.
As your specialist, I have a goal to provide high-quality care and to offer you choices that make your health care convenient. I recommend that you become familiar with the many resources we offer so that you can choose the services that work best for you.
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