Day or night
Hi everyone, I was just wondering would it matter if I wore my compressions during the night and have shower on a morning then put cream on as I'm thinking it would just be the same x
No it is not the same! Please don't I asked my lymph nurse. You could make it worse.
I thought it would be better as your legs are up when in bed
Do you mean wear compression to bed instead on during the day?
If so that's silly, you NEED the compression more when out and about doing your day to day life
Yeh I meant when in bed, but I suppose your right just me being a DURRR lol
Compression garments are doing the job of your skin during the day. At night, when you are resting, they have little effect and can cause discomfort and skin tenderness. Apply cream at bedtime, giving it time to soak in and moisturise the skin and allowing it (the skin) to recover and breathe for a few hours.
Right ok, I will stick to the way I'm doing it, just a daft thought I do get them now and again x
We all do but that was a corner!!
Ooooooh same age!
I've been explicitly told to wear them at night. I have had extensive surgery in my legs since I was 7. I thought they were being silly. It's horrible wearing and so uncomfortable. I settled by putting a shallow wedge at the end of the bed, this helps the legs to drain naturally during sleep.
Perhaps the therapists should one day wear garments when they sleep and see what it's like before instructing their patients..
All questions are good questions. From a therapy perspective, some people need to wear garments at night as they continue to swell even in bed. But, for sure, garments are usually needed most during the day - and this is when they are working with you (you move, your muscles pump and expand, and this helps to push the lymph fluid along). As Lynora said, it's great to moisturise at bedtime and let the lotion 'sink in'. For night compression, many people have a second type of garment to wear to bed if needed. So many different garments out there. So, Bev, make sure you've got a good (fresh and clean and up to 6 months old) set of garments to put on each morning, and keep looking after your skin. Clare (massage therapist, lymphoedema therapist, born in 1966. I'm full of daft questions too. If you don't ask, you don't get - keep asking! ) xo
chocolate-e-clare, so so pleased you have come and said what should be done. I have been wondering if to say anything, so here goes, big breath, I still have my first set of compressions and bandages which I have washed and worn for sometime now. I have cetroban cream but my feet are so very cracked they are like chedder gorge, my toes underneath are very sore and a burning sensation. Please please nobody grumble at me it is my own fault. So much goes through my mind (one of the other things I have is chronic depression) and can not be bothered to care for myself (I am married), since I lost my mum. So I am in a good mess. Please do not judge me as I could not take it.
It has taken one hell of a lot to say this so if I do not answer to any replies straight away (if anyone thinks I am worth replying to), please try to understand. I care and can help others, sometimes, but not myself.
Thank you for your understanding, especially bev-1966, Lynora, Hopalong xxxxxxxx
Hi completely, you should have new compressions every 6 month so get on to them asap please, have you tried sitting up in bed, I have 4 pillows and sleep sitting up as I can't sleep lying down with my rheumatoid xx
Bev-1966, I too was thinking of that Bev, I need the toilet during the night, do not have to go too far but it can be 3-4 xs night. Some nights get so fed up with going just sit on the kitchen chair so I do not have to go so often. It is very odd, laying down up and down like a yo-yo, but sitting upright do not have to go. Is it ok to share your answers?
You can anyway lol x
Bev-1966, Do you know, I can not remember why on earth I typed that. Need to have a very very long lie down I think !!!!!!! xxxxx
Hi Zero964 - hugs!!! Wish I could be near you to do something to help. Depression sux. Lymphedema sux. Sigh. I hope that the people you help can give back a little. Having as much support from those around you is important. One day at a time. Get back to your lymphoedema clinic if you can - for a review and new garments. And if you ever need to vent, we are here xxoo
Evening Chocolate-e-clare I know it has been 4 days in me replying, but just felt the need to "hide" after I posted. Everyone is so so truly, honestly, caring and helpful on here it is so hard for me to, since I lost my mum have given up on myself, believe me I care about my husband and others but not myself. This Lymphoedema site is such a friendly, helpful place and people from all over everywhere come here because as you say it sux. Like today it has been lovely and hot but for us what happens feet, ankles legs get like balloons then take forever and a day to go down, especially if like I have been doing, ironing. Sure have taken the odd break then gone back to it. I even have a good steam iron to help shorten the length of time I need to stand. It has been a good 11 years since I was first diagnosed with it but still think I can carry out chores as norm but can't do it anymore, so frustrating.
Thank you for your kind words xxxxx
I was told it was ok to wear them at night and not in the day as during the hot weather I felt really uncomfortable and being totally honest I like me legs out in the sunshine. I did have to use icepacks wrapped in tea towels occasionally when it was really warm but otherwise it was ok. they are not the most comfortable things to sleep in and lets be honest they are total passion killers but it worked ok for me.
Check with your nurse as we are all different and have different stages of this nasty thing.
take care x
I wear mine at night about once a week just to help with reducing the fluid what I do is remove them early evening so as to give my skin etc time to breathe as recommended in the instructions I have the ends of my bed raised as well but I also have lipoedema so need to wear them in the day to make my leg's less painful. But it works the next day my leg's are greatly reduced
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