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You can take the compression stockings off while in bed, but some people still experience more pain relief by wearing them.
Ordinarily, a high compression rated stocking is worn. This may may make lying in bed uncomfortable, so take it off for sleeping/bathing. Wear the hose primarily when walking or during the day. Do not hold your breath struggling to get it on or off. Are you just curious, or actually under treatment by a doctor?
I would discuss this with your physician. There are lots of variables involved.
You get the most benefit from compression stockings when you are vertical (such as standing or sitting) since the hose helps to get the fluid and blood back to your heart. They are less helpful when you are horizontal (such as sleeping), so it is less important that you wear them while sleeping.
Compression stockings should be worn during the day and taken off at night while sleeping or lying in the bed.
Good question. Generally, the compression stockings are just worn while you are upright and removed while you sleep. Rarely, if there is a lot of swelling early after a clot, the stocking may be worn continuously.
Great question. You should check with your hematologist or internist first. However, I would typically put you in compression stockings 24/7 initially while you are being anticoagulated. If things are looking good after the first week or two, you can remove them at night. If the clots extend above the knee, you should be in a thigh-length hose. Make sure they are measured and fitted, comfortable and non-constricting.
It would depend on the severity of the deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and symptoms. In general, more is better.
This answer has many components. In general, you should wear the compression stockings as much as you can during the first two weeks or for as long as you are having pain and acute symptoms. Once the symptoms improve, you can remove the stockings at night (usually at the 3 to 4 week mark). Secondly, depending on the location of the clot, you may want to wear the stockings for longer periods of time. The larger the clot and the larger the vein that has the clot, the longer you should wear them.
Initially you would wear the compression stockings around the clock for the first 48 hours. Thereafter, they should be worn during the day or whenever upright.
When to wear compression stockings depends on the type and extent of the clot. Early exercise is key and the stockings should be worn at least all day. Check with your physician.