I am having a real problem with paresthesia when wearing pants. It is there all the time but feels much, much worse when I wear anything. If anyone else has the same problem I would very much appreciate any tips on how you deal with it. For example what sort of material. Please don't suggest wearing dresses or skirts cos my wife will get the wrong idea!!!!
Hi, Brin, Welcome to the forum! Are you diagnosed? Or dealing with paresthesias for an unknown reason.
The hypersensitivity to touch is called allodynia. It can be a real problem as it can interfere with clothing and intimacy.
I don't have the problem, but I have dealt with it in other contexts.
Yes, some people find that certain fabrics are better than others. Some here have reported that soft fabrics like flannel or microfleece are better. Have you tried flannel lined slacks? If you have MS the downside could be the warmth.
In medical practice I found that sometimes it was the "movement" of the fabric on the skin that caused the problem. I found that sometimes wearing a firmer fitting undergarment could relieve the intolerable burning or pain. The undergarment fits to the skin and does not move so much.
Examples could be silk or Cuddleduds longjohns.
Also, have you spoken to a neurologist about trying to treat the paresthesias?
We have three good Health Pages on paresthesias and treating them. You might read
I wear pants that are really too loose for me, and look for pants made with fabric that is both soft, and has give to it, so that there is less chance of nerve constriction and/or irritation.
Around home I like to wear a flannel full length nightgown; maybe some flannel pajamas that look like you could wear them to the gym would be comfortable. I also have some exercise clothes that are loose and comfortable at the waist.
Just be glad you don't have to worry about trying to wear a bra! :o)
I have this problem with my arm; the slightest graze of fabric against my skin is a horrible, uncomfortable feeling. When it's really bad, I wrap that arm snugly with an Ace bandage, and that helps. Not very practical for legs, I guess, but perhaps may give you some other ideas. Generally I find snugness to be what helps; for me, loose clothing because it grazes the skin, is more irritating to me.
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