Meralgia Paresthetica

Meralgia paresthetica (MP) is a disorder characterized by tingling, numbness, and burning pain in the outer side of the thigh. It occurs in men more than women. MP is generally found in middle-aged or overweight people. Sometimes, the disorder may disappear.


The disorder is caused by a nerve in the thigh being squeezed (compressed). MP may be associated with tight clothing, pregnancy, diabetes, and being overweight (obese).


  • Tingling, numbness, and burning in the outer thigh.

  • An area of the skin may be painful and sensitive to the touch.

The symptoms often worsen after walking or standing.


Treatment is based on your symptoms and is mainly supportive. Treatment may include:

  • Wearing looser clothing.

  • Losing weight.

  • Avoiding prolonged standing or walking.

  • Taking medication.

  • Surgery if the pain is peristent or severe.

MP usually eases or disappears after treatment. Surgery is not always fully successful.