managing LE

  •  I have LE in my left lower leg , the result of 7 surgeries on my left knee since 2004.  My right leg did also swell, but it resolved quickly.  I went to a fabulous therapist, who worked with massage and wrapping over a year, and the horrible edema came down,  Now I wear the compression stockings during the day, and if it starts looking bigger I wrap it for a day or two.  My grandmother had serious LE and spent her last years sitting in a horrible chair due to terrible RA.  Needless to say, there was no treatment back in those days.  The worst part is feeling so uncomfortable when you're out in public and you get the "what the hell is that?" stare.  It always gave me shame and embarrassment.  I just found this site, and am grateful for it's existence.

7 comments
  • Jim Miller
    Jim Miller MLD is Manual Lymph Drainage massage that you had done. I am about to get a new type of support stocking from Juzo that my PT says will contain swelling. That's something my Barton Carey garments never did. What stockings are you wearing and how much...  more
    May 15, 2009
  • <i>Deleted Member</i>
    Deleted Member I wear Juzo soft 2000 series. 30-40 compression. They are the best I have found, the compression is good and they are comfortable. The bounceback swelling is not too bad, I do, however take lasix daily to aid in the reduction of the edema. When i...  more
    May 15, 2009 - delete
  • Jim Miller
    Jim Miller See my photos on this site of the compression wrapping we've been doing for my leg. We measured May 22 for Juzo Helastic at 30-40 compression. In the meantime I'm wearing Juzo Varin thigh high until the permanent helastic arrives. As of June 3 we are...  more
    June 3, 2009
  • Susan Hughes
    Susan Hughes I only wrapped to my knee. My legs are thick to begin with. my mother damned me with the genes for them, and i have passed them on to my daughter. Hers are healthy though. I haven't used that level of compression, it must be a bugger to get on, I'm...  more
    June 3, 2009