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What do I do if my thigh-high stockings are digging into my groin? (8 answers)
I'm a few days out from a knee arthroscopy and manipulation. I have had the TED hose before when they did an ACL reconstruction and never had a problem. The stocking that was recently prescribed has been digging into my groin, causing it to become raw and painful. What can I do to fix this?
My new TED stockings hurt, is this normal? (5 answers)
I had acl surgery with a meniscus repair a week ago and left the facility with TED stockings on. I'm waiting for a call back from my surgeon but in the interim I purchased a pair at the local drug store because the others felt dirty after 7 days. The new ones hurt, is this normal?
Are footless compression stockings just as effective as full-coverage hose following endovenous laser ablation? (8 answers)
My vascular surgeon did an ultrasound and prescribed endovenous laser ablation. She also suggested that I wear compression stockings after the procedure. However, due to severe psoriasis and eczema on my feet, I cannot wear full-coverage stockings that cover them. They must always be in wet dressings, but cannot be fully covered. Would footless compression stockings be just as effective as full-coverage hose following the procedure?
Why are my compression stockings causing unbearable pain? (11 answers)
I was fitted for compression stockings and when I would wear them, my circulation seemed to get worse. It felt like my toes were going to fall off because I couldn't feel them. When I take them off, the "pins" and "needles" are unbearable. Is this normal?
Can compression stockings cause a clot if they fit poorly? (12 answers)
My 30-40 mmHg strength thigh-high compression stockings roll down at the thigh and cause intense discomfort (like a tourniquet). The discomfort occurred repeatedly for 1.5 weeks and now I am having right calf pain. Could the rolling at the upper thigh level have caused a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?
Is it OK to wear two pairs of compression stockings at the same time? (13 answers)
I have worn 20-30 mmHg thigh high compression stockings for 7 months due to a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) behind the right knee and now have inner thigh pain. If I don't wear them for a day the pain goes away. Wearing two 15-20 mmHg on top of each other results in no pain. Is that OK to do? Today I wore 20-30 mmHg pantyhose but my foot was cold all day and lots of purple veins in both ankles when removed.
Can compression stockings help with numbness in the leg? (11 answers)
My left leg keeps going almost completely numb from the knee down. My father has peripheral artery disease; however, I am only 27 years old. I have flat-lined before. I am now in recovery, but still have poor circulation and body temperature. I saw a cardiologist who said it could be nerve damage. Would compression stockings help with the numbness I am having in my leg?
How can I prevent varicose veins? (15 answers)
How can I prevent having varicose veins? I am still at my age of 20, but yet my varicose viens are getting enlarged and more severe.
I have rheumatoid arthritis, is it ok to wear compression socks? (14 answers)
I have rheumatoid arthritis and will be going on a 12-hour plane trip. It is not severe and I do not take medication except for aspirin occasionally. I cannot sit in one position for very long without pain and stiffness. Will compression socks/stockings help?
Is it okay to wear compression stockings when in atrial fibrillation? (19 answers)
Will compression stockings cause complications with heart conditions? I have a replacement tissue mitral valve and have had maze procedure and two cardio-versions, but still keep flipping back into atrial fibrillation, which is controlled by medication. My pulse still varies from between 90 and 115. Will compression stockings affect all this?
Abdominal pain while wearing compression pantyhose? (8 answers)
I'm a RN in my 20s and wear 15-20 mmHg compression pantyhose for my 12.5 hour shifts. I have some spider veins on my thighs and the pantyhose prevent them from feeling bruised. However, the pressure hurts my stomach. What can I do to stop this?
Are knee-highs effective enough to prevent spider veins in legs? (12 answers)
I'm a 25-year-old LNA. I don't have any pain in my legs, but I do have spider veins above my knees and cold feet. I hate hose. Would knee-high socks help at all? Would they make the spider veins above them worse? What compression do you recommend?
What is the best compression appropriate for a nurse? (13 answers)
I am a 25-year-old nurse and I currently have some tiny spider veins on my ankles and have some visible veins on my calf. I want to prevent them from getting worse. My mom has swollen varicose veins. I do not have any medical problems.
How long should I wear 20-30g socks each day? (16 answers)
I have COPD and minor swelling in one ankle. I was prescribed 23-30 gauge socks. How long should I wear them each day? I find my ankle is sore when not wearing them even though the ankle is not swollen.
How do compression stockings affect a new tattoo? (10 answers)
I wear knee high compression stockings, 20-30 mmHg and am considering getting a tattoo on my lower leg. How will the stocking affect my tattoo's healing process and is this a bad idea with venous insufficiency in the legs?
Is it common to have a bad experience wearing the Ted stocking? (7 answers)
I had total hip replacement on the left side and after surgery wore thigh-highTed stockings on both legs. I woke up in the middle of the night with stinging pain in one leg above the knee. My stocking had rolled down. The doctor did ultrasound and there was no clot. My leg hurts and then goes numb. Is this normal and what should I do?
Do I need prescription to get compression stockings? (13 answers)
I've been wearing Futuro compression knee highs for years. I now find the elastic below the knees which holds them up is tight and makes an indentation. I have venous insufficiency with mild leg edema. Do I need prescription to get new compression stockings?
Is there a non-surgical way to manage pain in my legs coming from veins? (20 answers)
I am 26 and have had premature ovarian failure since the age of 19. Since then I have also felt pain in my veins on the side of my thighs and behind my knees. It gets worse with long periods of sitting or standing. Is there a way to reduce the pain without surgery? What can I do?
Can compression stockings cause pain? (7 answers)
I was just diagnosed with an SVT in L medial lower leg halfway down. My symptoms began about 1" below medial knee joint. I just started wearing my compression stockings (20-30 mmHg). There was some relief for 9 hours, but I have much pain just below the medial knee again. Suggestions?
Is swelling normal after wearing compression stockings? (13 answers)
I have had a fractured knee, ACL and MCL tear. Two weeks ago my doctor recommended compression stockings (TED hose), as I am not allowed to bear any weight on the right leg. When I don't have the TED hose on, my right foot swells up. Is this dangerous? How long do I need to wear compression stockings, and is it okay if I just wear them on one leg?
Why am I bruising from my compression stockings? (2 answers)
I'm on Plavix for heart Issues but my vascular doctor prescribed compression hose for the pain, varicose veins, discoloration and swelling in my legs. Since wearing them I am bruising badly when taking them off. 26 bruises. Are they too tight or what's the problem?
Are compression stockings contraindicated in my situation? (21 answers)
I have severe venous reflux in the right greater saphenous vein and a past history of heart attacks. I recently quit smoking and am being treated for high blood pressure. My cardiologist wants me to use compression socks. Is this a good or bad idea?
Should I have Bruises from my compression stocking? (5 answers)
I am 16 years old and was put in a compression stocking on my right foot after fracturing my lisfranc joint in my foot playing hockey 3 months ago. I am now getting bruises on my mid foot where I injured my foot and on the sides. Is this normal?
Do compression stockings cause bruises on the mid-foot? (2 answers)
I am a 16 years old and have been put in compression stocking after a severe midfoot fracture I recived playing hockey. I have only been in it for two days and have started to get brusing on my midfoot where I fractured it. Is that normal?
My leg is swollen with compression stocking is this normal? (8 answers)
I have dvt in my right calf, it has only been 3 weeks since i found out. My leg still swells after 3 weeks even when i wear my compression stocking 20 -30. Is this normal. Should I be take it off and elevate my leg or leave it on?
compression stockings for POTS (6 answers)
I am diagnosed with POTS (dysautonomia). What would be the proper compression? I am 106lb and think that 15-20 compression (recommended) is too low, since stockings do not stretch as they would on a heavier person. Is it safe to switch to 20-30?
What if Compression Stkgs are making my legs hurt worse? (3 answers)
Does this mean that there is something wrong other than varicose veins? It's mostly in my right leg. They make my legs itch, and I get burning sensations. It drives me so crazy I have to take them off! They are 15-20 mmHg and I was measured.
Why do my muscles hurt more in my legs? (7 answers)
I was measured for the stockings and need to use them during my pregnancy, but I find them uncomfortable, itchy and my leg muscles or calf muscles have been killing me since I started using these stockings. I'm thinking it's not worth it!
Compression hose (7 answers)
I bought compression hose online at a doctor recommended site. Does the tightness and compression in the stomach cause a problem from the hose? I thought you want to avoid tightness in the stomach area.
I have veins showing after surgery (6 answers)
I had long and short libation, strip and avulsions in both legs one week ago. The left leg has been done for the second time, I can see veins still, will they disappear wearing the support stockings?
What is best treatment for lipodermatosclerosis? (5 answers)
For 4 yr I have had inflamed nodules turning into sclerotic tissue. Biopsy first interpreted as Erythema Nodosum, then another path calls it LDS. Full venous studies negative for CVI-perfect veins.Is it reasonable to continue taking Trental..or what?
Can compression hose cause bruising? (8 answers)
I am a nurse and only wore compression hose to prevent swelling and leg cramps/pain after work when I was pregnant. I just restarted using them but I am not pregnant, but I have noticed SEVERE bruising developing. Could it be caused by the hose?
Painful/Sensitive skin after removing stockings? (3 answers)
I wear knee-high compression stockings occassionally for swollen ankles and feet. Why is the skin on my lower legs VERY painful/sensitive to the touch after removing the stockings. Stays painful for about a day. Is this even normal?
What to do when compression stockings increase symptoms? (6 answers)
I had cramp for about a week in right let then swelling around ankle. Went to vein specialist, did ultrasound. No clots but could have been after the fact. Prescribed compression stockings because there is so much pain. Unfortunately no health insurance.
I think the compression hose is causing more pain? (5 answers)
I had EVLT greater saphenous vein on right leg in mid May 2011 and two phlebectomys on the ankle. I have A LOT of spider veins on the anterior dorsum of the ankle and it still aches daily. Why does wearing 15-20mmHG hose make it hurt worse? Is this normal?
Ankle swelling (7 answers)
Im wearing comprehension stockings for bilateral ankle swelling that began 3 months ago and only have a varicose vein in the left leg. My vascular surgeon doesn't think the surgery will reduce the swelling in the affected leg. What to do?
Should I be wearing compression stockings? (7 answers)
I am 21 years old and just bought some compression stockings but im not sure if thats what I need. My legs are always very tired, feel heavy, and also feel swollen around my ankles. I've also noticed a couple of spider veins on my legs.
Is it dangerous to wear compression hose with a run in it? (9 answers)
One of my knee high hose has a run in the foot up into the lower ankle. Can wearing this be dangerous? My doctor advised to wear the hose for fluid retention. If it is not safe, can I wear just one leg until my new hose arrives tomorrow?
My legs throb, twitch, and ache at night. (6 answers)
I am wearing thigh high compression stockings all day long and they are helping but as soon as I take them off at night to sleep my legs start throbbing, tingling, aching, jerking, etc. Should I continue to wear them at night or take them off?
Wearing Ted Hose 24 hours? (6 answers)
My wife has no movement on her left side, therefore can not move her left leg and can not circulate the blood in that leg. Should she wear Ted Hose 24 hours a day?
Are wearing compression stockings beneficial for my scenario? (8 answers)
I hurt my knee and I've been working on it while it's been sore. I thought I had a blood clot because the calf area was swollen so much, but an ultra sound ruled that out. Now I'm wearing stockings and the swelling is down, but am I doing more damage wearing them? Deb
Compression socks for long flights? (9 answers)
I am a healthy 45yr old with no circulation problems. I'll be taking long flights (Washing, DC, Bhutan) and wonder if I should wear compression socks as a precaution. would drugstore grade be adequate or should i order medical quality?
Is it ok to wear compression stockings on the plane? (11 answers)
Do you recommend wearing compression stockings on long flights? I have two flights: one 8 hours with a break of 12 hours and continuing another 12 hours after. I have store bought knee highs and thigh highs. Any disadvantages?
What is the best level of compression for a RN? (7 answers)
I would like "save" my legs and buy compression stockings. I dont have any other medical problems that would require me to use the stockings other that I am a nurse and am on my feet a lot. What level of comrpession would you recommend I start with?
Chaps style for the wrong leg? (5 answers)
Is it alright to use chaps style compression stockings that state they are for one leg on the other? I have right leg chaps, but want to wear them on my left leg? Can they be turned inside out and worn?
Airplane Travel (8 answers)
My wife always has swelling at the ankles when we are on a commercial carrier flight of any distance. Will compression stockings help this? If so , what strength?
Sciatica pain. Will compression stockings help with the pain? (7 answers)
I presently suffer from a sciatica for the 1st time. Lots of pain in my calf area and particularly in one pinpoint spot in the calf along with hip/groin pain.
I wonder if stockings will help my calf pain and is it safe at 20/30 compression?
Bulging veins in my legs. Wearing compression socks, but legs tend to jerk (4 answers)
I am waiting on surgery for my leg veins and started wearing compression socks again after not wearing them for years. I have only been taking them off when I bathe. My legs have started feeling restless and jerky when I lay or sit. When I take the compression socks off they don't jerk. What can I do in the meantime until the surgery?
Hemosiderosis and Venous Insufficiency or Stasis Dermititis? (8 answers)
I have seen two different doctors for my ankles and shins, one of them diagnosed me with hemosiderosis and venous insufficiency. The other said I had Stasis dermititis. Should I see another doctor. They said there is nothing that can be done.
What level of compression stocking I should get? (6 answers)
I have been running lately and while I run, my left foot gets tingly and wants to fall asleep and then throughout the day from my knee down to my toes it tingles off and on. I believe compression stockings will help.
Can anyone use Compression Stockings? (7 answers)
I don't have spider or varicose veins (yet), but my feet and lower legs are chronically cold and "fall asleep" giving me a tingly feeling at least three or four times per day. Should I try compression stockings to help improve my circulation?
How do I put on Compression Stockings? (10 answers)
I'm pregnant, and already have varicose veins, but I don't want them to get worse. What is the best way for me to put the stockings on? Are there any tricks for getting around a pregnant tummy?
Will Compression Stockings help with leg pain? (7 answers)
I am experiencing extreme pain in both calf muscles and have egg size swelling on each outer leg. My GP has recently told me to just go to the drug store and buy support hose because I have symptoms of varicose veins. What are my options?
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