Preparing for your appointment

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Make a list of:

  • Your symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment, and when they began
  • Key personal information, including medical conditions and major stresses or recent life changes
  • All medications, vitamins or supplements you take, including doses
  • Questions to ask your doctor

For meralgia paresthetica, basic questions to ask include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there restrictions I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor likely will have questions, too, including:

  • What part of your leg is affected?
  • Have you had recent surgeries?
  • Have you had recent injuries to your hip area, such as from a seat belt in a motor vehicle accident?
  • Do you regularly do repetitive activities that affect your hip area, such as cycling?
  • Have you gained weight?
  • Have you recently been pregnant?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Is the burning or tingling occasional or continuous?
  • How severe is your discomfort?
  • Are there activities that worsen your symptoms?
  • Is there weakness in your leg?

What you can do in the meantime

If your pain is bothersome, OTC  pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin may be helpful. Also, avoid tight clothing.

Feb. 23, 2017
References
  1. Anderson BC. Meralgia paresthetica (lateral femoral cutaneous nerve entrapment). http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Oct. 24, 2016.
  2. Burning thigh pain (meralgia paresthetica). American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=a00340. Accessed Oct. 24, 2016.
  3. NINDS meralgia paresthetica information page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/meralgia_paresthetica/meralgia_paresthetica.htm. Accessed Oct. 24, 2016.
  4. Patjin J, et al. Meralgia paresthetica. Pain Practice. 2011;11:1533.