A 35-year-old woman in Australia collapsed to the ground a day after she helped a relative move due to tight jean syndrome. She was reported to have spent most of her time in a squatting position during the day, her skinny jeans constricting her legs and damaging her nerve fibers.
In the report by the research team, the patient “recalled that her jeans had felt increasingly tight and uncomfortable during the day. Later that evening, while walking home, she noticed bilateral foot drop and foot numbness, which caused her to trip and fall. She spent several hours lying on the ground before she was found.”
On arrival at the hospital, her jeans had to be cut off. The doctors present found symptoms of necrosis (death) in the muscle fibers of her lower legs. The nerves responsible for sensations and movement were not communicating. This condition is named: tight jean syndrome.
It’s caused by the tightness of the jeans cutting off blood flow to the legs, causing them to swell and put pressure on nerve and muscle fibers. However, this was an extreme case. Previous incidents had “been limited to lesions of the lateral cutaneous nerve of the thigh, likely caused by compression of the nerve at the inguinal ligament. The present case represents a new neurological complication of wearing tight jeans.”
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Fortunate enough, the woman was able to walk herself out of the hospital four days later after medical treatment.