Arm socks: Life with her is poop and it has catapulted me to the edge of my strength, far beyond my frustration limit. But there is always a way out if you don't leave your fate to the looming hole.
A hard blow
Most arm sufferers have come a long way before realizing the pain in their arms as well. To experience this development in one's own body is difficult to bear, because one actually hopes to get the disease under control somehow with conservative therapy. And then the arm socks on top, of course you are then unsure what to expect.
I myself just couldn't cope with the pain and the impending diagnosis and only short-term therapy was able to give me the new perspectives that are necessary for a healthy view of this matter. So there's no shame in admitting the weak moment and tackling the problem before you get too deep into it.
There are several versions that you can choose from. As with compression tights, personal feelings, the degree of lipedema and mobility also play a role here. Basically, at the beginning of the diagnosis, I recommend that you try out all the variants that are possible for you, one after the other. In this way you can determine what is important to you in your compression and what you can best cope with.
The most common options are:
- Arm sock + gloves with finger segments
- Arm stockings with gloves attached
- Bolero with stockings
I have a few tips for your arm socks so you don't have to repeat my mistakes. As I said, your personal findings also play a significant role here, but maybe my experiences will help you get a better start on the whole thing.
- Fingers too short
It happened quickly and the fingers were measured too short. In my experience, unbelievable but true, you achieve the best wearing comfort with finger parts down to the last limb. Only your fingertips peek out, but they don't run towards you. Because if you do it too short you will quickly come to a point where the motor skills are more restricted than by the long arm socks.
- Full sleeve stockings
I have seldom seen designs that managed without separate arm socks. I am more in favor of being able to take off the gloves from time to time. I can only recommend it for washing hands and cooking.
- Compression too high
With most manufacturers you can choose between different material thicknesses. Please let the medical supply store advise you what the right choice is for your findings.
- Bolero or socks?
This decision is very personal, because it depends largely on mobility and diagnosis. I didn't have a bolero myself, so I ask you to share your experiences with us here so that I can add them if necessary. From the self-help groups I have read about the experiences that boleros would slide less, but arm socks are easier to put on. But I wear them z. B. not during sports, because I would have to take off my gloves and then I could watch my fingers run up. So if you would also like to take them off for sport, arm socks would also be an advantage here.
- Sleeves too short
Make sure that the arm socks are not measured too short. They should always be a good 2-3 fingers wide under the armpit from the wrist.
Courage to color
Don't be afraid of brightly colored arm socks because they can be more decorative than you think. I have an outfit here with aqua and here one with cherry red socks, where you can see that the colors can be wonderfully integrated into the look without disturbing. I take the view that you shouldn't do without this accent if you're just concerned that people might be looking. They look anyway, no matter what you wear on your arm. And when they look, it's only because they're not used to arm socks. Each of us would be interested in an unfamiliar sight. So we can't hold it against them either.
eyes shut and go for it
If you imagine life with stockings on your arms, you probably already have the first horror notions when you think about going to the toilet, cooking or just holding hands. And yes, you really can't talk nicely in these situations. Restrictions can be found almost everywhere in everyday life, because gloves can hardly fit over them in winter. Telephoning becomes torture after a while, because with the kinked arm sock your arm will quickly fall asleep. When cooking, you take off your gloves temporarily, but you still have in mind that in the worst case, your fingers will run faster than you can see. Anyone who drinks a lot will curse the steady walk to the quiet place ... Gloves on, gloves off, gloves on, gloves off.
However, there is definitely one thing not to worry about because bacteria don't stand a chance. Manufacturer (as here at average) have considered this problem on feet and hands and processed material in our stockings in which bacteria and germs have no chance.
But it doesn't help, because if you omit the arm stockings for such reasons, you risk deterioration and pain in the affected areas. And so far they have nipped every one of my convenient arguments in the bud. Nothing is as bad as the lipedema pain my care has saved me from.
What must be on the recipe?
Upper arm - wrist + gloves:
1 pair of arm socks G - C, KKL 1 (2 or 3)
1 pair of gloves AC (D or E), KKL 1 (2 or 3)
Flat-knitted made to measure, individual finishes
Diagnosis: lipedema / lipolymphedema
1 additional pair for alternating supply for hygienic reasons
You can find all variants here. If you want to be on the safe side, just call your medical supply store beforehand and ask if they would like something else on it.
I hope this article will help you with the first steps towards a well-fitting arm sock.