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The medical compression stockings sold at the only store close enough for me to get to right now are very expensive and I am worried I will get the wrong kind. I hate to even wear nylons, and I can't tolerate even 5% spandex in my underwear. I have skin reactions to latex, so don't know what kind of compression stockings to try - what material, shape, compression level...

any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Also, I don't have visible leg swelling - do others still have luck with compression stockings when this is the case for them?

Thanks in advance-

Sarah

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I can't really answer your question. But, it appears that no one else can either. The only idea I have is that on a web site "For your Legs", you can order Sigverius hose that are mostly cotton. They are expensive and they don't seem to hold up as well as those with more Spandex or Lycria but they are good and are not as hot. I have the thigh Hi's and also a pair that comes to the knee. I think the thigh hi's are better. I also got the sheer dressy ones from them, and you really can't tell so much that they are support hose. I have to wear them day and night, I have real bad vein issues and pooling. You can call the company and they can help you with your concerns.

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Hi Sarah,

I use the jobst brand stockings (the ultra sheer line, not the relief line) ... I'm not sure of the fabric content but they work for me. 30-40mmHg compression; waist high.

I am prone to UTIs so I thought they would make things worse but I haven't had a problem with them at all.

I think they run around $100 per pair but my insurance covers them

Hope this helps!

Emy

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The advice usually given by the POTS specialist doctors (in published articles and books) is to wear the waist high support hose at 30-40mmHg compression factor. They should be worn during the day when you are upright and taken off when going to bed. Wearing compression continually will mean that you loose the benefits when upright.

When I was in hospital after my wrist surgery earlier this year they had me wear standard TEDS (knee high stockings at 14mmHg to prevent DVT) but the nurses came round everyone and took them off at night.

In the UK I see a vascular specialist nurse to get fitted for my stockings and she always tells me to remove them before bed.

Flop

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How in the heck do you keep the thigh-hi stockings up? I just got a pair yesterday, and they help with the air hunger I get quite often. My heart rate on average has dropped a bit, too, but I can't handle them rolling down all of the time!

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Hi Ericka,

the thigh-high hose come in two varieties. One are the self-hold-ups which have sticky dots (usually containing latex) inside the top seam that are supposed to stick to your skin. The other sort need a suspender belt to hold them up.

Hope this helps,

Flop

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I have thigh high medivan ones and I hate when they do that!! I have found the lacey looking tops are more likely to roll than just the plain ones!

Brye

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Flop - I appreciate this info. I've tried not wearing them at night and have my BP and pulse drop out from under me. I have EDS and real bad circulation. I wonder if anyone else out there is needing them at night to keep their pressure and pulse up? When I don't wear them, my feet and legs go numb. I feel, but don't at the same time.

I'll try it tonight and see what happens.

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How in the heck do you keep the thigh-hi stockings up?

There is some sort of liquid that you can get that will stick them up. I remember someone talking about it, but I haven't tried it. They do seem to slide down at times. Maybe you needed a smaller size?

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I'll try it tonight and see what happens.

Couldn't do it. I think I'll post this as a question and see if more people look at it and get some feed back. My feet started going numb and they hurt horribly. Couldn't sleep until I put them back on and then still had the low pulse issues.

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Emy,

sorry if my post wasn't clear. What I meant was that the advice I was given was to put them on in the morning (every day) and take them off when you go to bed. This gives you the maximum benefit for when you are upright.

I think that if you wear them 24/7 your body gets used to the compression and you end up not getting the full benefit when you are upright.

So new stocking users should take off at night. Issie is in a different situation - you may need to wean off wearing stockings at night, possibly by using a lower compression at night and higher compression during the day??

Flop

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lissie,

Who told you to wear them for night time sleep? Are you dealing with DVT type problems too? Please consult that doctor because most of us tend to have lower hr at night and it would be too low while horizontal for so long, with compression.

We are all managing with different body challenges but I too am concerned that you wear these at night.

Please let us know what you find out.

best regards,

tearose

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