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Ilioinguinal Neuropathy

Ilioinguinal Neuropathy - APSM

What is Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Neuropathy?

The ilioinguinal nerve branches off the first lumbar nerve which is located near the lower back. This nerve branches out into the upper thigh muscles and all the way down to parts of the groin. This nerve gives sensation to these areas. The ilioinguinal nerve communicates with the iliohypogastric nerve which is responsible for regulating the diaphragm and the areas around it. 

What are the symptoms of Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Neuropathy?

Symptoms of ilioinguinal neuropathy include:

  • Burning or stabbing pain, numbness, or tingling in the lower abdomen and groin
  • Difficulty extending the back as this movement causes more pain
  • Difficulty with sitting, standing and walking.

Symptoms of iliohypogastric neuropathy include: 

  • Burning or stabbing pain following an abdominal surgery which extends from the surgery site to the groin
  • Discomfort in the affected area
  • Pain during movement

What causes Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Neuropathy?

These nerves may be injured during certain abdominal operations such as hernia surgery, C-section, hysterectomy, and open appendectomy which lead to pain in the thighs and labia majora and weakening of muscle fibers.

What is the treatment for Ilioinguinal and Iliohypogastric Neuropathy?

The debilitating pain caused by injury to the ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerves can be treated with an ilioinguinal and iliohypogastric nerve block. This treatment involves anesthetic and cortisone injection around the nerves to eliminate pain and improve mobility around the area. 

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