lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome

  • DHarrison

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    Aug 10, 2013 3:29 PM GMT
    I don't know why I didn't think to ask here before... but.

    I was diagnosed with lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome which is due to my weight and I really want to work out and lose the weight but I'm so confused at how to do this. My doctor just told me to "lose weight" and stop wearing tight belts. Well anyways, almost anything I do that involves pressure to the leg or spine cause burning/stabbing pain in my leg so I am trying to figure out what the heck I can do to lose weight.

    I can't run, I can hardly walk for long periods, not because I am big, but because my leg starts to have shooting pain again. I notice that I can do the elliptical, but I don't want to limit myself to just that, especially since it doesn't burn anything after you get off it, or so I'm told.

    I want to incorporate weight training but am really concerned at doing something that will cause my leg to flare up and I drop the weights because of it or something like that.. Does anyone have any advice on this matter?

    I know it won't go away without losing the weight, but almost everything I do causes intense pain. I eat pretty good now a days but without the physical activity I know that nothing will change.

    Thank you.
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    Sep 06, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Hello there;
    First of all, yes, avoid tight belts. Maybe avoid belts at all, who says we need them?

    Also, there's no truth to that 'do not burn anything after elliptical'. At this point you need to focus on what will work for you and get you to your goal.

    Focus on the elliptical for now, or even swimming, As you lose the weight and limit the compression you will be able to create more variety and enjoy another routine.
  • LJay

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    Sep 06, 2013 2:31 AM GMT
    Had a conversation with one of my doctors lately who said to lift even very light weights and that eventually muscle tissue will increase. Of course, what he was getting at is that muscle burns more calories than fat so any muscle gain is beneficial.

    With you difficulties, you need not worry about body sculpting so much as just plain health benefits in whatever form available.

    How about a very loose fitting outfit and doing exercises while seated? Swimming sounds good. Maybe an exercise bike at home where you need not wear much of anything at all to avoid the constriction.

    Little steps count. Good luck.
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    Sep 06, 2013 2:44 AM GMT

    Where exactly do you feel this shooting pain? The thigh or the whole leg, down to your shins? And do you feel it only on the outside, the front, the back, the inside? Is it just pain? Do you have and numbness, tingling, or burning-type sensation? And what position is your thigh/leg in when you feel the pain? And have you noticed a decrease in pain, or decrease in incidence of pain when not wearing a tight belt/pants?

    If your physician just told you "lateral femoral cutaneous nerve syndrome" and to just lose weight, then he's not very helpful. Did he do any nerve conduction tests? Or any neural tension testing that biased the LFCN (put you in side-lying then bendy stuff to your painful leg and lifting it in certain angles)?

    And the elliptical is actually a good exercise machine, contrary to the opinions given by people. And after any type of exercise, you continue to burn calories, especially if the intensity is moderate-vigorous.

    Sorry for all the questions, but it's necessary. icon_idea.gif