Last week I paid a visit to my third doctor in the hopes that maybe he would be able to determine what’s wrong with me. What’s wrong with my HIP. Who knows what’s wrong with ME?! Ha! Anyway…I brought in my X-Rays from last fall and after examining the X-Rays and me, I got the old, “Hmmm…mmmm…weeeeeeell…” Not the exact words (or sounds) you want coming from your doctor’s mouth. :-)
Basically he said he didn’t know what my problem was, either. With my hip. If he had to GUESS, he guessed it might be Meralgia Parestetica. He explained that, because now the problem was mainly my outer thigh (a burning feeling), he thinks it could be due to a pinched nerve. He gave me some meds to try and I’ll go back in a month to follow-up.
Of course faster than you can say “Aunt Sally”, I came back to the office and Googled “Meralgia Parestetica.” (Shouldn’t “Google” officially be a verb in the dictionary? I know I use that word at LEAST ten times a day.) To my surprise (and amusement), here is what one website had to say about MP:
Restrictive clothing and weight gain are two common reasons for pressure on a nerve. Your physician may ask if you wear a heavy tool belt at work or if you consistently wear a tight corset or girdle. He or she may recommend a weight loss program.
It’s true, okay?! The pants have gotten a bit tight lately…but a girdle? Um…not so much. Anyway, I couldn’t help but laugh (quietly, since my office has the noise level of a library) as I pictured me in some tight leather pants with a tool belt, lacing up my corset.
I mean…really? Who knew our wardrobes could cause nerves to be pinched, eh?