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What causes pain in the thigh when diagnosed with meralgia paresthetica?

Hi. I googled pain in thigh and found meralga paraesthetica. I was surprised to see I have almost all the symptoms. This started about a year ago and is getting increasingly worse. I can t lay on my side because the pain in my hip/thigh area becomes intolerable and goes into my groin and knee. I can hardly walk and stairs is becoming impossible. The pain lasts almost all day and night. I take 3-4 ibuprofen and 75mg lyrical at night. It takes about 2 hrs before I get pain relief. What type of Doctor should I go to to get a diagnosis. I also have 2 mild low back bulging discs. Tingling from the waist down to my feet. I haven t had any injuries or surgeries that might have caused this but have done heavy duty gardening for the past 12 years. I am 65 years old. Sitting here I am in so much pain I can t even believe it but I hope I ve discovered the name of my problem. Pam
Tue, 21 May 2019
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Hello,

It is a kind of neuropathic pain.
As a first line management you can take drugs like gabapentin for pain relief.
If symptoms persist better to consult a neurologist and get evaluated.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Regards,
Dr. Shinas Hussain, General & Family Physician
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What causes pain in the thigh when diagnosed with meralgia paresthetica?

Hello, It is a kind of neuropathic pain. As a first line management you can take drugs like gabapentin for pain relief. If symptoms persist better to consult a neurologist and get evaluated. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further. Regards, Dr. Shinas Hussain, General & Family Physician