Skinny jeans may be causing pain in the thighs of women who wear them. However, for some thigh pain, the complication may not be attributed to your jeans at all. Instead, you may be suffering from a unique health complication that is associated with diabetes – a condition known as muscle infarction.
Muscle infarction in diabetic patients is quite common but often misdiagnosed. If you are suffering from thigh pain on the outside of your leg, it will be important to limit your use of restrictive clothing but to also seek medical attention to ensure your diagnosis is made correctly and treatment, when necessary, is administered. With muscle infarction, however, there may be very limited options in terms of treatment of for the leg pain.
Symptoms of muscle infarction in diabetic patients often manifest as pain on the outside of the thigh, with presence of a lump or mass that is tender to the touch. In most cases, your doctor will need to run an MRI to confirm the diagnosis and, while blood work may be ordered, it is often not necessary except to rule out other health complications.
If you have been confirmed as suffering from a diabetic-related muscle infarction it is important to understand what your treatment options are as some forms of treatment may only delay your recovery or further exacerbate your pain. In many cases of this diabetic condition, patients are referred for muscle biopsy or surgery and, ultimately, this has been shown to only delay the recovery from the infarction. Instead, it is important to allow the infarction to heal on its own which may take several months.
Again, limiting the use of skinny jeans and other types of restrictive clothing will be important. Beyond the use of specific types of clothing, your doctor should recommend bed rest and pain relievers including an anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling and alleviate pain.
Diabetic patients suffer from a variety of health complications that can be mistaken for conditions far worse than they really are. If you are diabetic, and you are experiencing outer thigh pain, this may be an indication that you have developed a muscle infarction – a condition that typically heals spontaneously without any invasive treatment or long term healthcare. With proper diagnosis, using MRI, and treatment with plenty of rest, many diabetic patients are back wearing their skinny jeans within a few months without further pain or complications.
Sources: Journal of Rheumatology 2004; 31:191-193. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology 2005; 11: 9-12.