Preparing for your appointment

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

  • List the symptoms you're experiencing, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for which you scheduled the appointment.
  • Write down key personal information, including major stresses or recent life changes.
  • Make a list of all medications, vitamins or supplements you're taking.
  • Write down questions to ask your doctor.

Preparing a list of questions for your doctor will help you make the most of your time together. For meralgia paresthetica, some basic questions to ask include:

  • What is likely causing my symptoms or condition?
  • What tests do I need?
  • Is my condition likely temporary or chronic?
  • What is the best course of action?
  • What are the alternatives to the primary approach you're suggesting?
  • I have other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Are there any restrictions I need to follow?
  • Should I see a specialist?

Don't hesitate to ask any other questions.

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor likely will have questions, too, including:

  • What part of your leg is affected?
  • Have you had recent surgeries?
  • Have you had recent injuries to your hip area, such as from a seat belt in a motor vehicle accident?
  • Do you regularly do repetitive activities that affect your hip area, such as cycling?
  • Have you gained weight?
  • Have you recently been pregnant?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Is the burning or tingling occasional or continuous?
  • How severe is your discomfort or pain?
  • Are there any activities that worsen your symptoms?
  • Is there any weakness?

What you can do in the meantime

If your pain is bothersome, over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others), ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or aspirin may be helpful. Also, avoid tight clothing.

Mar. 29, 2014