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  • Medical Support Stockings

    Does anyone use Medical Support Stockings? They cost $75.00/pair.
    The first time I was in St. Mary's Hospital suffering from Congestive Heart Failure, my cardiologist had a person come to my room and measure me for these stockings.

    I have to put them on when I get up in the morning, and take them off at night. I asked my cardiologist how long I would have to wear them, she said "For the rest of your life".

    For the last week or so my legs have been itching and I was wondering if the stocking had something to do with it or is it caused by dry skin?

    I have been wearing them for a little over 2 years.

    It will be interesting to read how many (if any) people have this problem.

    Thank you

  • #2
    I wore them in the hospital but am one of the lucky ones. The valves in my legs are still working well and when I do swell I get off my feet and get them up so that the fluid does not put added stress on my leg valves. This works for me . When the valves are damaged the fluid gets trapped so the stockings will help squeeze the excess fluid back up stream. I do believe that once the damage is done they must be worn forever.

    As far as the itching , the winter is the worst but, extra moisturizing is an absolute must before and after use of stockings.

    Sorry you must endur these.

    Dx @ 47 with HOCM & HF:11/00
    Guidant ICD:Mar.01, Recalled/replaced:6/05 w/ Medtronic device
    Lead failure,replaced 12/06.
    SF lead recall:07,extracted leads and new device 2012
    [email protected] Tufts, Boston:10/5/03; age 50. ( [email protected] 240 mmHg ++)
    Paroxysmal A-Fib: 06-07,2010 controlled w/sotalol dosing
    Genetic mutation 4/09, mother(d), brother, son, gene+
    Mother of 3, grandma of 3:Tim,27,Sarah,33w/6 y/o old Sophia, 5 y/o Jack, Laura 34, w/ 5 y/o old Benjamin


    • #3
      Hi Esther,
      I had TEDS once upon a time, but they put too much pressure on my brain.

      No I didn’t put them over my head. I first went for measurements and then training on how to use them. The elastic was very strong and they had to be ‘insinuated’ on and off. The procedure took about twenty to twenty-five minutes, and under no circumstances was I allowed to let the stocking fold or crease over to double thickness.

      They started out being terribly uncomfortable and instead of adapting to them, each day was progressively worse. Finally I said ‘NO’, and haven’t worn them since. When I had them off for ten minutes or so I could see no effective change in my legs – but sitting watching television in the evening with my feet propped up was more beneficial.

      Since that time (over ten years now) and until recently, I had no more trouble with my legs. Now, with my kidney problems to add to the mix, my legs are again swollen, but there will be no more elastic stockings in my future – even if I have to stand on my hands to avoid them.

      I don’t know what to tell you about your skin itch. What does the doctor say? Do they advise skin cream when you take them off or Gold Bond Powder before putting them on – or both? I haven’t a clue. I just sympathize.


      • #4
        I do own the stockings as well. Mine is typically used for keeping my BP to a reasonable rate. I am supposed to wear them when I work or for long periods of time. Sometimes I do if I'm feeling cruddy but most I do not.

        Mary S.


        • #5

          I couldn't breath to put them on so they are in the dresser drawer

          Diagnosed 2003
          Myectomy 2-23-2004
          Husband: Ken
          Son: John diagnosed 2004
          Daughter: Janet (free of HCM)

          Grandchildren: Drew 15,Aaron 13,Karen 9,Connor 9


          • #6
            There are a few different pieces of equipment on the market to help with application of the stockings. This is one site I found. I hope it helps someone. Linda



            • #7
              Thank you all for your comments.

              I haven't seen my doctor since my legs started itching. I did try and put moisturizer on them, but it doesn't always help. I will ask here at my next appointment.

              The first time I was in the hospital for CHF, they wrapped my legs in ace bandages. I was fine with that, but when I was admitted later that year, they did the same. My legs were itching so bad, I took them off.

              According to my cardiologist, I will have to wear them for the rest of my life. Oh well, it could be worse.

              Again, thank you for your input.


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