Five-inch stilettos, too-heavy handbags, a wedding dress that seemingly weighed as much as a small child — Parmeeta Ghoman admits she's no stranger to suffering for fashion. "I'm the kind of person who buys shoes two sizes too small just because they're cute — and they're on sale," says Ghoman, who's 28 and lives outside of San Francisco.
But when she wore a pair of super-tight skinny jeans to dinner with friends in December, she noticed an odd tingly sensation running up and down her thighs. And when she got up to walk around, things got weirder. She felt like she was almost "floating," because she couldn't feel her legs. "It felt really strange — it felt like my leg had gone to sleep," Ghoman says.
Ghoman's skin-tight denim may have caused a temporary bout of a nerve condition called meralgia paresthetica, also known as "tingling thigh syndrome." The condition can happen when constant pressure — in Ghoman's case, from the skin-tight denim — cuts off the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve, causing a numb, tingling or burning sensation along the thigh.