Wednesday, May 18, 2016
I feel ...swell.
As a person who suffers from painful swelling of the lower legs, I know all too well the debilitating effects of edema. Whether the condition stems from varicose veins or thrombophlebitis, the result is the same, you're in pain.
Summer seems to bring out the worse in my edema. The heat, humidity, a lot of walking around amusement parks - the reasons vary. I have and use compression stockings, but wow. They get h o t and are altogether unattractive when wearing shorts or a sundress. then of course are the questions, "What's wrong with her legs?", "Are they broken?", and my personal favorite, "Are those real legs?" I suppose one can understand that last one as my stockings are rather dark in color and I guess they could look like wooden legs to a wildly imaginative child.
A love of salty snacks does my legs no favor either. Fluid retention is often exacerbated by overconsumption of salt. I wonder if salt water taffy counts? Nonetheless my legs swell, I am unhappy, in pain and sometimes feel house-bound with anxiety. I know the condition will resolve, I know often I am my own worst enemy with either intentional or unintentional sabotage (salty foods and all) and I know others suffer right along side me.
Working for a medical supply company, I've seen several version of our elastic bandage line. So far, these are my absolute favorite bandages! They're super soft as well as substantial enough that I can use, wash and re-use them several times. The Velcro is much less "pokey" than others I've tried; which is especially helpful when you're moving around during the day or sleeping at night not to feel a sharp scrape or jab where the Velcro is sticking you. Side note: I tend to toss and turn quite a bit during the night, so I reinforce the Velcro closure with some first aid tape. Keeps things right where they should be until morning!
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The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.