Apr 25, 2013 - 1:37 am
Shortly after my complete hysterectomy for the ovarian cancer, I developed lymphedema. I curently have it under control with compression stockings, manual lymphatic drainage and walking for exercise albeit minor given I'm still on chemo. The edema extends from my hips to just above knees and I need 20-30 compression. I am connected with a lymphedema support group, know of the lymphedema national websites as well as the many compression garment websites. With all of that, what I have NOT been able to find yet are breathable, compression LEGGINGS, capris style, to wear with the 80-90 degree weather we're getting. The compression garment fitter my insurance works with can't find anything either.
Prior to the cancer, I hiked, biked, volunteered at a horse ranch, etc on my days off. I can't imagine doing what I love with hot, pantyhose-style compression stockings on, and that cost $105 a pair! Lymphedema is not discussed much, but at least 5 million individuals in the US have it, primarily from cancer treatment. So, surely I'm not the only person whose had OVC/lymphedema and who needs a garment like this!?
Thanks for any thoughts.