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Hi, I am about to try compression hosiery for the first time, and don't really know what to get. I have read from previous posts that they should be at least thigh high, but I am unsure what pressure amount to get. Would 20 mg be sufficient? Is it a case of trying and seeing?

I was thinking of trying Jobst through the internet (I am in the UK and I am unsure what shops do compression hosiery, although flights socks seem everywhere!). I guess that flight socks are not adequate.

I would really be grateful for any buying advice, especially with regard to the best type, brand to try (before I part with my limited money), and also advice with regard to correct measuring. In the past I've used elasticated bandages on painful joints due to the EDS and these really dig in and restrict blood flow, so I was a little concerned, but hope that the compression hose are different.

Thanks.

Love to you all,

MaryJo

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Hi Mary Jo - I know most of us here who use compression have different preferences on brands and types.

For myself I fist tried the Ames Walker brand b/c they were the least expensive and I was able to "test" whether compression would be good for me and at what Level.

I have found Jobst to fit me well and be comfortable...I would also like to try the Juzo brand when These run out.

I still own 3 pair of Ames Walker and have found they work fine for me.

Ameswalker.com sells many different brands,,,, you can browse through the site and see what looks the best for you.

I am sure others will also have some good advise.

Good Luck!

I love me compression and do not know how I went without them for so long!

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Hi Jen,

Thanks so much for replying and for the advice given.

I'd really appreciate it if you could please let me know what pressure size to buy. I know the recommendation is for 30mg, but I did not know how comfortable this was, or if it was better to try a lesser pressure first.

Thanks once again.

All the best,

MaryJo

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Hi mary Jo - If you do a search there has been lots of discussion on compression hosiery. I am sorry I am computer illiterate in a lot of ways and do not know how to transfer the links for you.... :)

I have both the 20/30 and 30/40 compression. The 20/30 are usually good for me, although if I am going to travel or going to be up and out for the day I put on the 30/40... They are a little hard to get on at first, but I think I have mastred the art!

As far as feeling tight... for me they just feel like they are sending blood up to where it should be and my legs feel supported.... So it really does not bother me.

I have even been wearing them in this humid weather.

Take Care...

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Hi Jen,

Thanks ever so much for your response on this one. I just did not want to overdo things and go from nothing to 30/40 compression if this was a bad idea.

My brain fog was too thick for me to find the links too, so I really appreciate your help. You are a real diamond!

Best,

MaryJo

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MaryJo-

You've already gotten some good advice, but just to add my thoughts...

In my opinion, waist-high are the only way to go. Some have trouble with comfort, but I also know that thigh-high can be a challenge to keep up. For me I LOVE the pressure & usually the added warmth. For me the only comfort issues are if the hose bunch up anywhere or get pulled too tight around my toes. I'm not familiar with your healthcare plan, but have you checked into possible coverage that way? My insurance company used to buy me 2 pairs a year with a perscription & they still pay 90%.

I personally wear the 30-40mmHg, although I had 20-30mmHg the first go around. Now I wouldn't wear anything but the higher compression b/c if I'm going to the effort of wearing them, they're more beneficial & no more of a hassle in my opinion. For me wearing the hose means my feet don't swell, don't get numb or tingly so much, & don't turn blue. Not a bad deal....although the heat is an issue this time of year. I love them when it's chilly but they're pretty sticky when it's super hot out.

In terms of brands I have had 3 types of Jobst, Juzo, Sigvarus, & Ames Walker. Ames Walker are the cheapest & while they were just as good initially I did find them to not wear quite as well, or rather to wear out more quickly. Jobst are probably my favorites - one type in particular - and my continuous exploration elsewhere is due to my need for open-toed styles, which Jobst only makes in their cheaper (and much thicker/bulkier) "Relief" style. My Sigvarus are thus my favorites for sandal-wearing.

The Ames Walker site is great though...it's the only place I've bought any that weren't paid for by insurance...both their own brand and otherwise. They have sales a lot too so keep your eyes open. Good luck & let us know if you have any other questions.

:-)melissa

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