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Skinny Jeans Compressing Thigh Nerve and Causing Tingling Sensation

Skinny Jeans Causing Tingling Thighs

For healthy, normal-sized woman, skinny jeans are not a welcomed fashion statement. Aside from paining a woman's self-esteem and making many feel the need to lose weight, new research shows that skinny jeans also cause physical pain. Constant pressure from the tight denim jeans cuts off the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve create the nerve condition meralgia paresthetica, known in layman's term a bit more descriptively as "tingling thigh syndrome." The lateral femoral cutaneous nerve runs from the outside of the pelvis and through the thigh. When compressed, it causes a numb, tingling, or burning sensation along the upper leg.

Tingling thigh syndrome is more common in construction workers who wear heavy work belts, pregnant women, or those who are obese. Over the past few years though, more and more healthy women are complaining of symptoms due to their tight skinny jeans. High heels, often worn with these jeans, compound the issue since they tilt the pelvis forward, increasing pressure on the nerve. Fortunately, there's little risk for causing permanent damage, but the sensations may inspire women to switch to looser-fitting pants. Tell me, have you ever experienced numb or tingling thighs from your jeans?


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winglessfruitfly winglessfruitfly 8 years
It happens to me all the time, but I wear them anyways because they look good on me. I'm a size 4 and I'm really tiny. My legs are thick, though. It's just what happens when you don't have skinny legs like normal girls.
tralala2 tralala2 8 years
Anonymous--- I'm curious as to how your MRI went? Sounds like we've had some similar issues, I'd like to know if you ever receive a medical 'conclusion'.... hmmmm!!!!
mehollowell mehollowell 8 years
I've never had this happen...
Maddi-Maye Maddi-Maye 8 years
I'm a size 00 and I adore(and wear frequently) skinny jeans and I have recently noticed my feet tingling and turning purple! My jeans don't FEEL or look too tight, but could skinny jeans be the cause of my bizarre feet conditions?
thoroughlymodern thoroughlymodern 8 years
I haven't experienced tingling thighs, but my legs really do feel restricted when I wear one of my sister's pairs of skinny jeans. They're just really tight on my calves, so I don't wear them often, not just because of the discomfort, but because I do feel it's not good for my circulation. I actually appreciate this post. Thanks, Fit!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
That would be great!
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 8 years
I didn't consider those other types, I was just thinking about the skinny ones so you might be right about flares and bootcut. However, I think it all depends on how much you need to take of. I remember that as a teen my mom always had to take a little bit of, but that was just like a 4 cm piece (I guess that's about an inch or a little bit more??) and that worked quite well. But of course, when you have to take off a lot it would definitely alter the shape too drastically. Damn, if we could just lengthen our legs, huh? :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Fashion, that would work for skinny or straight leg jeans to some extent, but it doesn't work for flares or bootcut because you lose the entire shape of the leg!
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 8 years
Of course, you could just look for someone who can sew and have them shorten the jeans :)
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 8 years
I bought a new pair of skinny jeans recently, and I am starting to think that they are a size too small. If I wear them for a little too long, my legs start feeling funny, so maybe it's this. But they look so good on me!!
mem952 mem952 8 years
slow news day? these articles come out every couple of years. i remember one about how low-rise jeans were causing pinched nerves in the hip area. how do you spell BORING?!
fashion_doll24 fashion_doll24 8 years
I suppose I am what they mean by the 'healthy' euphemism :) I'm a European size 38 or 40 so I think that's a size 8 or 10 (mostly ten) and I'm not of a supermodel height either, 172 cm. But I love skinny jeans and I definitely look skinnier in them than in other types of jeans. It's true that they emphasize your hips and behind, but if you're blessed with good-looking calves it can really be flattering for your legs. So I think this post overreacts a little bit: a lot of my friends who don't look like supermodels either rock the skinny jeans, and none of them have ever experienced 'tingly thighs'. Also, I can imagine wearing heels all the time is not that good for you, but when you wear them from time to time, they definitely help you to be aware of your posture and the way you hold yourself (aka shoulders straight etc).
tralala2 tralala2 8 years
Yes, I've had terrible luck with skinny jeans, and I have fairly skinny legs. When I rode a bicycle on a constant basis a few years ago, my leg became so constricted that it would tingle all the time and actually began to cause my muscles not to relax. My left leg swelled to twice it's size, I was rushed to the hospital because they thought I had a blood clot. My doctor never figured out what it was, and so far all I've been able to do is self diagnose since reports started coming out about this issue.
wiggle wiggle 8 years
I am one of those ladies with meaty, muscley thighs and I am not a fan of the skinny jeans so this is not an issue or me. bring back the 501s!
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