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Tingling sensation "down there."

Gigi2011-08-10 04:19:04 +0000 #1
Last time I rode was Tuesday. Since Tuesday, I have been experiencing this constant, intermittent tingling sensation in my Labia Majora...had to look at an anatomical drawing for that one! LOL! Nerve damage? Anyone else had to deal with this? I imagine that I must have irritated a nerve in that area, hence the tingling. There is no numbness. Aggravating and annoying, and actually quite funny at the same time!

Thanks for any input on this delicate issue, as well as a tad bit embarrassing
Biciclista2011-08-10 04:35:17 +0000 #2
sounds like nerve damage to me. Maybe you need a bike fitting and/or a different saddle? that's one area I wouldn't mess around with!
Gigi2011-08-10 04:34:49 +0000 #3
Thanks, Mimi!

I don't believe in my case it's a bike fitting issue and/or a saddle issue...I have been professionally fitted and my saddle is one that I've used for a few years now without having any issues or complaints. I am wondering if the shorts I wore on Tuesday had any contribution to the problem. They are not the ones that I usually wear. I have two shorts, same brand and style, that I usually wear, but decided to give my other brand a wear that day. Hmmm.... I really feel like it's nerve damage...just wish it would go away. I am not riding today, thinking that I need to rest "the area," and that this tingling will eventually subside. Hmmm....

I really want to avoid having to go to doc, because I know what he's going to say, "Don't ride." Well, that won't happen. However, I know that I will end up going...I am not that hard headed. Thanks again.
Muirenn2011-08-10 04:32:29 +0000 #4
Could it be a gyn issue? I seem to have too much sensitivity at certain times.
Gigi2011-08-10 04:38:40 +0000 #5
Sheila, I don't know what the heck is going on. Day 3 of constant tingling, and it is not subsiding. Well, I guess I better call doc for the appointment. Weird, weird... I am not new at riding. I've been cycling for many, many years, and this situation has never, ever been an issue. Frustrating...
Catrin2011-08-10 04:47:43 +0000 #6
Have you changed chamois cream/butter?
KnottedYet2011-08-10 05:12:03 +0000 #7
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Originally Posted by Gigi

Thanks, Mimi!

I don't believe in my case it's a bike fitting issue and/or a saddle issue...I have been professionally fitted and my saddle is one that I've used for a few years now without having any issues or complaints.

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I really want to avoid having to go to doc, because I know what he's going to say, "Don't ride." Well, that won't happen. However, I know that I will end up going...I am not that hard headed. Thanks again.

Saddles can break down over time. Perhaps your saddle is simply worn out after a few years of use? That coupled with the unusual shorts pushed your body past its limit?

Any doctor who knows anything is not going to tell you to stop riding, at least not for long (obviously if you've compressed a nerve you don't want to make it worse). Get a referral from your PCP to a sports med doc who works with cyclists, if you can. At the least a sports med who can look at the issue rationally.
Gigi2011-08-10 07:00:16 +0000 #8
Quote:

Originally Posted by KnottedYet

Saddles can break down over time. Perhaps your saddle is simply worn out after a few years of use? That coupled with the unusual shorts pushed your body past its limit?

Any doctor who knows anything is not going to tell you to stop riding, at least not for long (obviously if you've compressed a nerve you don't want to make it worse). Get a referral from your PCP to a sports med doc who works with cyclists, if you can. At the least a sports med who can look at the issue rationally.

Thanks so much for all your help here with suggestions and advice. I should have made it clearer previously with respect to the "same" saddle.

I've been using the same style saddle over the past few years. The one I am using now is only 6 months old, but yes, the same style and model, which I love. I would love to say the name of it, but not sure if it is proper to name it here. I am going to give this situation a chance to "go away" through the weekend. If it doesn't at least subside, I will call my PCP and get the right specialist to see me. Thankfully, my PCP knows my history with cycling, and she understands and appreciates my sport. I will keep you all posted, and definitely will report back with any changes. It just amazes me that this all of a sudden happened. It wasn't like I was wearing an inferior short that was not made for cycling...it was a high-end pair of cycling shorts by a well-known company. Hmmm....weird thing. Well, still tingling here... hopefully, things will calm down "down there" soon! Gotta laugh at this!

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