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What do compression stockings feel like?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (19441points) October 28th, 2018

Dr. gave me a prescription for compression stockings. Will get by Tuesday. Will update Fluther after.

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LadyMarissa's avatar

They feel like tight socks..at least at first. After a little bit, you don’t even notice them & they feel like wearing socks.

snowberry's avatar

They can be hard, even challenging to put on. Being tight, it will take longer to work them over your heel and up your leg.

rebbel's avatar

I don’t know how it feels to wear them, but it looks real tight, seeing that the help that put them on the legs of my grandma, years ago, had much difficulty doing so.
My mother told me recently that some nurses use specialty tools to aid them.
Also, new, long socks, already feel pressing on my legs, let alone compression socks/stockings.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, like panty hose. They’re a pain to get on and off, but worth it.
It’s rather odd that he gave a prescription. You can buy them off the shelves anywhere here.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

If you don’t mind me asking.why were you prescribed those? Do you have circulation problems or lymphatic issues?

anniereborn's avatar

@Dutchess_III A prescription will give you a custom fit. Also sometimes if they are gotten through a prescription insurance will pay for them.

elbanditoroso's avatar

They have to be tight to work.

1) you don’t need a prescription to buy them (at least in the US). I do mail order for mine all the time.

2) The first time you buy them, go to a person that will fit you. They will tell you how much pressure (15–20, 20–30, 30–40, etc.) and whether you need knee high or thigh high. Don’t guess. The wrong guess can be damaging to your health.

3) Cheap is not always good.

4) If you wear them, make sure that you rub moisturizer or lotion over your legs every day or so, to keep your skin moist. Compression stockings can absorb moisture from your legs and cause them to dry and crack.

RedDeerGuy1's avatar

@ZEPHYRA I have low blood pressure.

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