So, while I’m at work, I’ll stop on occasion to peruse CNN … its a good 10-minute break here and there, and it helps keep me up-to-date on the world since I refuse to be depressed by watching the local news. Today, I found this article and couldn’t help but read it. I mean, who wouldn’t want to know about women’s symptoms and what they mean? I was absolutely baffled to come upon this symptom:
It could mean: Your jeans are too tight
That tingle could be the result of the Skinny Jeans Syndrome–a compression of the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, which runs across the outside of your thigh. High heels might make it worse because they throw the pelvis forward, compressing the nerve even more, says Dr. Michael Port, a pain-management specialist and medical director of the D.I.S.C. Sports and Spine Center in Marina del Rey, California.
What to do: Get bigger jeans
Stop wearing those tight pants and you’ll be amazed how quickly the tingling ceases. If you have a few pounds to lose, dropping the weight may take the pressure off, too. If the pain continues, Port says, a steroid injection may help reduce the discomfort. Another option: Try “jeggings,” comfy leggings disguised as skinny jeans; we like the Quinn Dark Striped Skinny Jegging by bebe ($109). A less-expensive choice is stretchy jeans with spandex, like the Silence & Noise Pull On Jean from Urban Outfitters ($58).
You’re kidding, right? Now, I wear a snug jean every now and again, and I’m fairly certain that I’d notice if my thighs started to tingle … I mean, HELLO?! Isn’t that the universal symbol for “your pants are too damn tight”?? I find a problem with the fact that its common enough that there’s a phrase called “Skinny Jean Syndrome” and yes … Google (who is showing an adorable pair of none-too-tight Big Bird legs today) shows over 66,000 hits for that search phrase. It’s a problem, people.
It just goes to show that we’re expected to squeeze into the smallest pair of pants that we possibly can. Sorry, fellas – my delightfully ghetto derriere will be very comfortably resting in jeans that don’t cut off the circulation to my bottom half, thank you very much!