I've been to the hospital today as part of a recurring series of appointments with numbness in the outside of my right thigh.
This has been ongoing for so long, I can't really remember when it started. Some time in 2011 I think. Last year, I started getting pain across the top of my knee along with the thigh numbness so I went and got it checked out.
An MRI scan revealed that nothing scary was going on and I was then referred to an orthopaedic specialist. He was 99% certain it was Meralgia Paresthetica, which is basically a nerve that is trapped or rubbing on a tendon in your hip. Wikipedia explains it in so much more detail! I was sent for a second opinion and MP was the confirmed diagnosis.
Since then I have had two cortisone injections around the nerve area in my hip and the numbness has decreased about 75-80% but persists above my knee and is creeping up the outside of my thigh. Today I was referred to a physiotherapist who explained that I need to perform stretches on my iliotibial band to further relieve my symptoms.
On the Wikipedia entry, there are a number of causes, some referring to cycling and having cleat position being too "toed-in". The miles I've done in cleats is absolutely insignificant compared to my flat pedalled miles (I only got my SPD pedals for Christmas).
So I'm curious - how many of you have had these "injuries" or conditions brought on by cycling? And how did you adjust your bike/riding style to avoid the pain coming back?
I'd appreciate any advice and suggestions you have in the comments!