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I think I have Meralgia paresthetica, caused by pregnancy. My left thigh (outer and top) between my knee and hip is numb. It isn't painful really, but annoying & numb. I can feel heat, but not cold. If i put an ice cube on it I can't feel the cold, but if I set something warm on it, i feel the heat.

It started in week 10 of my pregnancy and it was intermittent numbness, but by week 15 it was numb always. . The best I can describe it is it feels like when your foot falls asleep. By week 20 I'd get random spasms throughout the night too (again, not usually painful, just annoying and uncomfortable). I went to a neurologist and they said it "sounds like" Meralgia paresthetica, it "should" resolve 3 months after delivery. I see then again in January.

I have a few questions / concerns and I'd love any help. Now that I've delivered it feels different. Still numb, but tingly too. Since Meralgia paresthetica can be temporary...is this a sign of it getting better or maybe worse? Do all neurologists know about MP or should I look for one with any designation/specialty? Can I prevent MP from becoming permanent if I do something now? Sleep, posture, vitamins? Are there resources I can read? I had a C section and wearing a tight waist binder is part of recovery... should I avoid that? Any order symptoms I should look for? Any questions I should ask the dr?

Most of all, is this really MP or could it be something else? If so, what? In reading the descriptions here, I'm not in pain, just discomfort so not sure if it is MP. I just fear a progression of whatever it is.
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I think I have Meralgia paresthetica, caused by pregnancy. My left thigh (outer and top) between my knee and hip is numb. It isn't painful really, but annoying & numb. I can feel heat, but not cold. If i put an ice cube on it I can't feel the cold, but if I set something warm on it, i feel the heat.

It started in week 10 of my pregnancy and it was intermittent numbness, but by week 15 it was numb always. . The best I can describe it is it feels like when your foot falls asleep. By week 20 I'd get random spasms throughout the night too (again, not usually painful, just annoying and uncomfortable). I went to a neurologist and they said it "sounds like" Meralgia paresthetica, it "should" resolve 3 months after delivery. I see then again in January.

I have a few questions / concerns and I'd love any help. Now that I've delivered it feels different. Still numb, but tingly too. Since Meralgia paresthetica can be temporary...is this a sign of it getting better or maybe worse? Do all neurologists know about MP or should I look for one with any designation/specialty? Can I prevent MP from becoming permanent if I do something now? Sleep, posture, vitamins? Are there resources I can read? I had a C section and wearing a tight waist binder is part of recovery... should I avoid that? Any order symptoms I should look for? Any questions I should ask the dr?

Most of all, is this really MP or could it be something else? If so, what? In reading the descriptions here, I'm not in pain, just discomfort so not sure if it is MP. I just fear a progression of whatever it is.

I hope you and the baby are otherwise healthy.

I did not have a numb feeling, but I have read that some do, and overall, the location of the numbness does sound like MP. I believe being pregnant is a common trigger.

My guess is when you start to lose some baby-weight, it will go away. The tight waist binder probably isnít helping, but Iím not sure about the trade-off of avoiding that when you are supposed to wear it.

Iíd recommend reading JackyPís posts. I do think sleeping position matters. I used to sleep in a running position with my upper leg/knee on the mattress. You may have started doing that too with your pregnancy.

Fortunately, this condition usually goes away. Iím hopeful when you lose some baby weight, and it will go away for you. I donít think it is uncommon to take 4-6 months for the symptoms to subside.

Maybe others will chime in. This board isnít very active. Best wishes!
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