Updated December 8, 2023
This information is for educational purposes only, to facilitate quality conversations between patients and their personal physician(s). Several essential considerations are required to safely administer any protocol for an individual. This information is NOT intended to diagnose, treat or encourage self-treatment of any medical condition.
Meralgia Paresthetica (“MP”) is a condition where the territory of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve (a sensory nerve) feels altered, involving numbness, tingling or other variations from normal sensation. It can occur on both sides of the body, but often is only on one side. There is often a mechanical irritant, such as change in belt or weight that can compress the nerve as it travels under the inguinal ligament and near the bony anterior-superior-iliac-spine (ASIS).
Since MP is rare, there is often a co-existing issue that either renders the nerve vulnerable and/or impedes healing. Superficial nerves, like the skin, are designed to withstand certain extremes of challenge, and to repair effectively when the trauma causes a wound or other damage of a moderate magnitude. Co-existing conditions that can contribute to the development of MP at a “root-cause” level include: unknown diabetes, unknown neuropathy(ies), deficiencies of key nutrients such as Vitamins B1 and B12, and/or toxicity with known neuro-toxins including alcohol, lead (Pb), fluoride, and certain myco-toxins (mold/fungal-based toxins).
Treatment involves identifying the causal factors, nutritional support and proper yoga or other routines geared toward stretch, strength, awareness and balance.