On February 19th, 2009 I was awoken with extreme stomach pain. Within a few hours I was at the emergency room and diagnosed with appendicitis. Another couple hours later and I was in surgery to have it removed. The next morning the doctor came to check in and see how I was doing. I was still in pain more from the surgery than the appendix I think. I also noted a numbness in my left thigh and asked the doctor what was that from. Where the numbness was, my thigh had been shaved to allow contact for a dissapating pad used for the cauterization of the appendix area. The doctor was not sure what had caused the numbness but assured me that it would restore back naturally. After my one week checkup, I still had numbness so I went to see a Pain specialist and a neurologist. Both had diagnosed me with meralgia paresthetica, but could not offer more insight as to how it was caused. One thought is that the doctor had compressed the nerve on my left hip while during the surgery, or maybe the grounding pad somehow caused it. Here I am 5 months later and the numbness is still there. I have searched the web to try and find similar cases to no avail. Has anyone experienced this or similar situation before?