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What causes meralgia paresthetica?

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Nerves travel throughout your body, carrying messages to and from your brain. A certain set of nerves, called the sensory nerves, gather and send signals to your brain about your skin, muscles, and other tissues.

If you have meralgia paresthetica, a large sensory nerve in your outer thigh doesn't have enough room to pass through your hip bone or joints. This may be due to swelling, trauma, or increased pressure in this area.

From: Meralgia Paresthetica WebMD Medical Reference

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Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Meralgia Paresthetica.”

NYU Langone Medical Center: “Meralgia Paresthetica.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Burning Thigh Pain (Meralgia Paresthetica).”

UCLA Neurosurgery: “Meralgia Paresthetica: Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Meralgia paresthetica (lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 8, 2018

SOURCES:

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Meralgia Paresthetica.”

NYU Langone Medical Center: “Meralgia Paresthetica.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Burning Thigh Pain (Meralgia Paresthetica).”

UCLA Neurosurgery: “Meralgia Paresthetica: Conditions.”

UpToDate: “Meralgia paresthetica (lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 8, 2018

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