Tuesday, May 26, 2009

You may look like Tinker Bell, but you'll be in Tingle Hell

"Jeans May Cause Tingling Thigh Syndrome...

Published : Tuesday, 26 May 2009, 10:42 AM EDT

(MYFOX NATIONAL) - If you (or a friend) are a fan of trendy skinny jeans, you may want to consider trading them in for looser fitting pants.

Turns out that "tingling thigh syndrome," or meralgia paresthetica, which usually affects obese people or manual laborers, is cropping up in younger people. The onslaught on skinny jeans on the market has caused some younger people to suffer from the symptoms of this condition.

MSNBC.com writes that experts have seen a rise in the condition among young women. One woman describes a tingly sensation running up and down her thighs while wearing tight jeans.

According to the Mayo Clinic Web site , meralgia paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in the outer part of your thigh. Lucky in most cases the condition can be relieved by conservative measures, such as wearing looser clothing.

Constant pressure from the skin-tight denim cuts off the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. "The nerve, in some people, is susceptible to compression," Dr. John England, of the American Academy of Neurology said .

Skinny jeans are not the first pants to cause the condition; super low-rise jeans, popular in the late 90s and early 2000s, were linked to meralgia paresthetica; and in the 1970s, there were rumors that snug jeans caused infertility in men and yeast infections in women.

Salon.com does counter that the condition may not be affecting very many people. "Numbers are hard to come by, but I think it's safe to say we could be talking about handfuls of young women," writes Kate Harding."

...hmmm well it seems that the verdict is still out on this fashion dilemma ladies.. but it is certainly something to watch out for.


Uptown Girl said...

Hahhaaha "a handful" of women suffer from this!? At least I have a good excuse next time you want me to buy jeans that are way to tight!

Annie's Heel said...

oh dear....i just got to NOLA and only brought my favorite skinny jeans. i'm SERIOUS! i love them...but i don't think they make me tingle?!?!?! at least i haven't noticed any tingling!?!?!?