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Numbness in quadriceps. Could this be meralgia paresthetica?

A couple weeks ago, I ended up sleeping a couple hours over the foot of my bed while facing forward. I awoke in the early morning, went to bed normally and then noticed numbness in my quadriceps in the morning. My bed has a wooden top rail which I had layed across at my hip section. The numbness is still there, could this be meralgia paresthetica and should I go see a doctor?
Asked On : Sat, 27 Apr 2013
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Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM. Meralgia paresthetica presents as tingling & numbness in the upper outer quadrant of thigh which is a type of compression neuropathy and is commonly seen in obese people with pedulous abdomen (pot belly). Propably you could have developed a similar sort of neuropraxia of cutaneous nerve secondary to compression. Usually this should resolve spontaneously with time. If you are still concerned, visit an orthosurgeon/neurophysician and follow their advise. Hope this helps
Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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