I have had secondary lymphedema in both legs for 11 years and it has been stable until 18 months ago when my right leg became worse and it has been swelling slowly but gradually since then. For almost a year I have been wearing class 2 tights and a class 1 stocking on the right leg and do MLD at least twice a day. As it was still swelling I was prescribed class 3 tights and yesterday I finally managed to get them on.
I had been unable to get them on before now due to a shoulder injury as I lacked the strength needed to pull them on. I posted previously on the difficulty of getting them on and got helpful advice about using rubber gloves so once I had them on I kept them on for 8 hours. It wasn't very comfortable but I assumed that the extra compression would help. I was horrified when I took them off last night to find that the ankles of both legs were very swollen and the right leg looked worse than usual. Today I have gone back to class 2 tights and class 1 stocking.
Does anyone have any idea why the extra compression seems to have made things worse? I’m getting increasingly panicky about the way my leg is simply not responding to anything I do. I trialled a compression pump last month and this also had no effect on the swelling. I’m going to ask if I can try flat-knit tights but now I am wondering if there is anything at all which will help? Would wearing my tights at night as well be one option?