I have asked the question before about whether I should try periods without my compression garments now that my swelling has all but gone and is under control, however my concerns about the swelling coming back have stopped me trying it until recently.
I have started karate training again after quite a long break from it, primarily because I know how much stretching and flexibility is important and I am still not happy with the flexibility issues that the scar tissue from my surgery is causing. The training sessions are done barefoot and I was not comfortable using the stockings when attending these so decided to try without. So far I have had absolutely no nasty surprises! The measurements of my leg, which I take myself weekly have stayed the same and I have been training 3 times a week at around 7pm for about 1.5 hours. I generally take the stocking off at 6pm and it doesn't go back on until the following day.
I wondered if anyone else had any similar experiences and also whether the fact that I am exercising during the time I do not have compression on will be helping keep the swelling at bay?
I know that this goes against all the regular advice but it seems to be ok for me a the moment. I'll keep updating with any further news.
Best wishes to all.
Encouraging result for you, hope it continues. I reduce the amount of compression I wear when I exercise from 2 layers to one. I have also measured my leg on days when I exercise and days when I don't . There tends to be are reduction in both my legs (one is swollen, the other shows slight pitting) after exercise but that could be dehydrate after the hour+ of cycling I do. The challenge with lymphodema is our lymphatic systems are all different with different levels of effectiveness, lots of variables when we come to compare results so more data points is better!
Thanks Andy. That's interesting what you have said about reducing the 2 layer compression to 1 during exercise. I wonder if using class 2 compression stockings rather than the class 3's I use during normal daily life would work? The main issue I have is not with regular exercise but with karate as it is important to be able to have grip on the floor - hence going barefoot. I've not really seen any solutions to this other than wearing pumps or trainers which is not really an option.