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To wear or not to wear? I'm planning on having EVLT on my veins in my legs. An hour or so procedure in the office for one leg. I was always under the impresson that diabetics should not wear anything on their lower extremities that would be consticting, due to circulation issues. My insuracne company is telling my Dr.'s (EVLT) office I have to wear the stockings. Can my regular (GP)doctors office override this by sending a blank letter to the insurance company? Can my HR office at my work also get involved?

It has taken a lot just to have me convinced to have the EVLT done. I have very bad vericos veins and my cardiologist was the one who suggested the surgery.  He would be doing the procedure. I am getting worn out with the run arounds. I have never had a surgery and have never used the insureance company except for scripts. Your feed back would be greatly appreciated as to how to proceed.
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Hi firerose,
Compression stockings actually improve circulation -  that's why they are recommended by doctors for vein issues.  The recommendation against constrictive clothing, such as tight pants, socks, and shoes, refers to non-prescription items that fit poorly - if they are too tight they can interfere with circulation. If your compression stockings are part of your post-surgery recovery, it is appropriate for you to wear them.
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I had ultrasounds done on both my legs because the doctor thought I had varicose veins.  It turns out that I don't have varicose veins, but I do have lymphedema.  I wear compression stockings every day to help with the fluid and the circulation.  I've worn them going on 3 years.
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Hi firerose - I was going to reply before but just didn't.  Anyway, I got 2 prs. of compression socks because my foot dr. said I have the beginning of varicose veins, but mostly I had edema from just above my ankles to my feet.  He said even if it is hot you have to wear them.  So we bought 2 pairs (wear for 3 days, wash and let air dry - they are too thick to dry quickly) but then you put on the other pair and go through the same thing.  I have not worn them in some time because I don't have the edema any more, though I still have the beginnings of varicose veins.  But while I wore them my legs felt good.  No I didn't have anyone come out to the house to measure my legs.  There are sizes on the box at the pharmacies.  Mine cost about $35/pr.  Some might be more.  Anyway, just wanted to put in my 2c worth.  If I started having a problem again (edema) I would certainly start wearing them again.  Oh, ya, you have to wash them by hand and air dry.  There is elastic in them and that will wear out faster if you machine wash/dry.
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Hi all,

I have not been on here for quite some time, but I came back to discuss just this very topic.

What kind of compression socks do you all use?

I went on a couple of trips this year, and my feet (especially the left one) swelled up like crazy. A night with my feet up and some caffeine during the day helped it go back down pretty quickly, but it was still a little annoying.

Lately my NP increased my blood pressure meds, and I started retaining water. VERY badly. So much that she prescribed a diuretic. This worked great for about a week, then it was back to the ankle and foot swelling.

Since I was having other side effects from the diuretic, she said not to take them anymore. So now I am to wear compression socks. I got some really pretty ones from Amazon, but they hurt my calves and I had to take them off after about an hour.

So maybe I need a different kind. I am thinking diabetic socks with very mild compression should work. But I don't want ugly ones. I wear skirts a lot. If I could find some that are colorful and/or toeless (so I have more options for shoes), I would be happy. I think maybe I need ones for "bigger" people. 

Anyone have any favorite brands? I was looking at Sugar Free Sox for diabetics, but I am not sure if they have any compression. 

Suggestions?

Thanks,

Kathy

BTW, I am going on a trip to Asia next month, and I need something to help with the plane trip as well. Thanks.

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OK, firerose, look below at my first post.  The brand I got is Sigvaris at a local drug store -  I think it was Osco.  Walgreens probably carries them too.  They had tan, white and maybe black.  I haven't worn mine for some time but if my legs swell up too much I will put them on again.  Now you can get a recommendation from your dr.  I know they can send someone out for measurements and they will be made for you.  And your ins. might pay for some/all of the cost.  My socks (knee high) cost $36.  Don't really know how much they cost of someone comes out to the house to measure you.  Oh, and on line they were about $60.  You put them on in the morning otherwise later in the day your legs are too swollen and you can't get them on or it takes so long to put them on - a friend of mine waited until she got home from work and it took her like 1/2 hour to get them on - it was a real struggle.  There is also an easy way to put them on that only takes a few min.  The trick is to get them to your heal and then pull them up to your knees.  Still takes some time and you have to make sure they are very smooth or they will be too tight in one or more places.  Oh, yes, there is also Jobst brand.
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firerose - I went to Walgreens site and I see that some just go to the ankle.  My dr. said I need the ones that go to my knee - that is just right up to the knee in front/back.
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I also bought 2 pair right away.  They need to be hand washed and hung to dry because of the elastic in them, they will break not be any good.  So you wear one for 3 days, wash it and while it is drying you wear the other pair - and so on and so on.  I have white.
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