Meralgia Paresthetica

Meralgia Paresthetica alternative treatment UK

Meralgia Paresthetica is a condition that causes pain, or a burning, tingling sensation in the thigh. Although the condition is rarely diagnosed, some believe that it is commonly misdiagnosed as other neuropathic pain conditions because of their similar symptoms. Recently, medical cannabis has emerged as a promising new treatment for managing nerve pain, and those with treatment-resistant Meralgia Paresthetica may be suitable for these options in the UK.

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Disclaimer: The availability of consultations for Meralgia Paresthetica depends on the availability of our specialist doctors. We encourage you to consult with our patient support team to determine if this treatment option is currently available.

3/4 people

Out of every 10,000 are affected by Meralgia paresthetica every year according to diagnosis data.


Reduction in neuropathic pain recorded with plant-based treatment in placebo-controlled study.


Of UK adults would consider plant-based treatments.


Of patients say their natural treatments are useful in managing their symptoms, according to survey.


Pain in the outer thigh

Numbness in affected area

Sensitive to touch

Burning sensation

Groin pain

Pain when walking/standing

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms. Please speak with your GP to find out more.

Treatment options:

In some situations, lifestyle adaptations such as losing excess weight and wearing loose clothing can help with Meralgia Paresthetica, and over the counter painkillers are typically used as a conservative measure. If pain lasts for more than two months, you may be offered injections to reduce inflammation, tricyclic antidepressants, painkillers, or surgery in extreme cases.



Tricyclic antidepressants

Pulsed radio frequency

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A word from our specialist

"Neurological conditions are many and varied in how they can affect us. The more recognised conditions that are treatable with medical cannabis include epilepsy, where CBD mimics the action of the many anti-epileptic drugs; and multiple sclerosis, which the NHS can prescribe Sativex for. Medical Cannabis offers greater flexibility in the delivery of cannabinoid therapy for these conditions and hope in other areas of neurology, such as in the neurodegenerative conditions and the motor disorders."
Dr David Tang

Clinic Director

Can natural treatments help relieve Meralgia Paresthetica?

Meralgia paresthetica can occur when the sensory nerve (the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve) that covers the thigh is pinched, or encounters compression. This nerve is often pinched by a ligament called the inguinal ligament that runs from the groin, to the stomach, to the upper thigh, which can happen during an injury, due to a health condition, or even simply by wearing tight clothing. 

Meralgia paresthetica can be extremely painful, or may cause the outer thigh to feel numb. It can also be intensified when walking or standing, and therefore, severely impact on people's quality of life, and ability to go about their daily activities. However, recently, plant-based therapeutic alternatives have emerged as a potential aid for neuropathic pain, displaying promising results. 

Evidence in this area is growing, but existing research suggests certain natural, plant-based treatments may be able to offer neuropathic pain relief when other traditional therapies or medications have failed or caused unwanted side effects.

Specialist doctors in the UK, like those that work for Releaf, can tailor plant-based cannabis treatment plans to best suit the needs of each individual with Meralgia paresthetica, and our team of healthcare experts are here to guide them through their new treatment journey. 

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