My compression stockings were way too tight around my calf. Now I have throbbing pain and numbness. Is this a DVT? Bakers cyst?

I'm an RN. Two nights ago my compression stockings (Dr. Schools knee-high) were way too tight around the calf. I have throbbing calf pain when I get up to walk, when I stand, and when I elevate my leg. I'm limping. My legs are typically swollen but the right is so sore and numb when elevated. No warmth or redness. Ibuprofen 800mg and Alleve no relief. Is this a DVT? Bakers cyst? Has not improved since onset, which was within 2 hours of application. Leg is not discolored. Obese, FM hx DVT

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Compression hose should be correctly measured and fitted by someone with experience. OTC or TEDS are not appropriate with your history. I would advise 20-30 mmHg and perhaps a thigh-length. With your symptoms, you should be evaluated, including ultrasound of the deep and superficial systems to rule out venous insufficiency, DVT etc.
If this is a long-standing problem, I recommend patients to go to a hospital-based lymphedema clinic.

Published on Nov 15, 2018

Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

Compression hose should be correctly measured and fitted by someone with experience. OTC or TEDS are not appropriate with your history. I would advise 20-30 mmHg and perhaps a thigh-length. With your symptoms, you should be evaluated, including ultrasound of the deep and superficial systems to rule out venous insufficiency, DVT etc.
If this is a long-standing problem, I recommend patients to go to a hospital-based lymphedema clinic.

Published on Nov 15, 2018


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