Meralgia Paresthetica Symptoms, Causes and More

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2. Meralgia Paresthetica Causes

Compressed lateral femoral cutaneous nerves can cause meralgia paresthetica. Normally, there's ample room for the nerve, but if it becomes trapped, symptoms may occur. Where the nerve travels under the inguinal ligament, the ligament may press on it.

Causes can include tight clothing, weight gain or obesity, pregnancy or wearing a heavy tool belt. The nerve may be damaged by diabetes or by a seat belt in an auto accident. Repetitive leg motion or scar tissue from prior surgery can also cause it.1’Meralgia Paresthetica.’ Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/meralgia-paresthetica/symptoms-causes/syc-20355635,2’Meralgia Paresthetica.’ Hopkins Medicine. https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/meralgia-paresthetica

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