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Tight Skinny Jeans May Cause Tingling Thigh Syndrome

skinny_jeans_health_riskMany women will wear super tight, skinny jeans and stiletto heels despite the discomfort. But this habit can possibly lead to some serious medical problems. The wearing of super tight, skinny jeans can sometimes lead to a temporary bout of a nerve condition called meralgia paraesthetica (“tingling thigh syndrome”). Wearing a pair of those tight skinny jeans with a pair of sky-high heels can put you at risk for upsetting femoral cutaneous nerve. Skinny jeans and/or high heels increase the chance for the tingling thigh syndrome because of the increasing pressure on put this nerve.

Meralgia  paresthetica also known as “tingling thigh syndrome” feels as if your legs have gone to sleep, or it may cause a burning or tingling sensation. Tingling thigh syndrome is caused by pressure placed on the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. In some people this nerve is more susceptible to compression. The femoral cutaneous nerve runs from the outside of the pelvis and through the thigh. The femoral cutaneous is purely a sensory nerve. Anything that is tight around the femoral cutaneous could potentially compress the nerve.

Typically sufferers of the femoral cutaneous nerve condition include police officers and construction workers with heavy low-slung belts, pregnant women or obese people. Femoral cutaneous nerve condition can also result from a pulled-tight seat belt in a car accident. But over the last few years, experts say they’ve been seeing more young women at a healthy weight complain about tingling thigh syndrome symptoms. The culprit: tight skinny jeans.

Any numbness, tingling or burning sensation usually indicates a nerve condition called "paresthesia” (pins-and-needle type sensations). A simple explanation for such thigh symptoms is nerve entrapment (pinched nerve) of the nerve close to the spine. This condition is known as meralgia paresthetica which causes pressure on the spinal cord nerve area that controls thigh sensations. Meralgia paresthetica (tingling thigh syndrome) is usually good news because tingling thigh syndrome can be resolve quickly without requiring any treatment once the pressure is removed with very little risk for permanent damage.

If the pressure is removed and the tingling thigh sesation still persist see your doctor. Sometimes, such nerve symptoms can also arise from serious illnesses such as multiple sclerosis or another spinal disorder or nerve disorder. Your doctor will ask if whether you have, or have had, any other similar nerve type symptoms as this would greatly increase the risk of multiple sclerosis. Prompt diagnosis and treatment of these symptoms is important because of the potentially serious causes.

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