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It APPEARS that wearing compression bandages or compression stockings is NOT accepted practice at night/ overnight.
Instructions say to REMOVE THEM before going to sleep at night.
A week ago NOTHING, I mean NOTHING was relieving my swelling, and the swelling was SUBSTANTIAL!!!
( I am five weeks out from my Total Knee Replacement.)
I decided, "What the heck...I need to do SOMETHING! I got out the bandages from my surgery. I had washed them, dried them and thought I would keep them handy for my NEXT surgery on my other knee a few months from now.
My plans changed when I started handling them.
OK...so I TRY to follow rules. I TRY to do what I am TOLD to do by package instructions and by doctors.
However, there comes a time when desperate situations require desperate measures.
I put on those compression bandages and WENT TO BED.
(I have to be honest...I stayed awake WAITING and EXPECTING something BAD to happen.
I drifted off to sleep, slept through the normal time for my pain medication, AND I woke up with FAR LESS SWELLING than I had had in many days!
Yes, you read that correctly...FAR LESS SWELLING!
I have been wearing the compression bandages at night for a week. Each morning my knee AND my whole leg feels better.
I am able to move more, am able to take less pain medication, and at PT sessions my lessened swelling has helped me do a much more successful session achieving more bend and more straightening.
All of these things have helped me be able and feel confident walking around in the house and even out in the yard WITHOUT. my CANE.
I wanted to post this because I think that sometimes you just have to take a risk. I did, and IT REALLY HELPED ME!
(I also have faulty valves in my veins due to bad varicose veins. My aches from THAT have also lessened greatly.)
I hope this helps others. Pain and swelling are NASTY THINGS! I am hoping to find ways to GET RID OF THESE NASTY THINGS!
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