What is ilioinguinal neuralgia?
Ilioinguinal neuralgia is a painful disorder of the ilioinguinal nerve due to damage and/or loss of function in this nerve.
Ilioinguinal neuralgia can have many causes, the most common being damage as a result of abdominal surgery, pelvic surgery, hernial repair surgery and kidney surgery.
Signs and symptoms
The symptoms in ilioinguinal neuralgia usually consist of an unpleasant painful sensation in the lower abdomen and groin, radiating to the upper inner upper leg and to the genitals. Patients complain of a severe burning and stabbing pain.
How is ilioinguinal neuralgia diagnosed?
The diagnosis can be made based on the symptoms and by exclusion of other causes. A neurological examination must always take place.
Do I need additional examinations?
- Diagnostic examination for other non-physical factors important for your pain, have already been done by yourself trough filling out your pain questionnaires.
- A diagnostic test block of this nerve can confirm the diagnosis.
What are my treatment possibilities?
Depending on the cause of your pain, your pain specialist will decide whether or not to embark on physical treatment. Based on the results of the completed pain questionnaire, additional examinations can be carried out and, apart from physical treatment, other methods of treatment will be suggested.
If the results of your pain questionnaire are abnormal, your pain specialist will offer you one of the non-physical treatments listed below:
Interventional Pain Treatments
- Local infiltration of the nerve
- PRF treatment of the nerve