Not Your Grandma's Compression Socks | Why Nurses Need Them!
Varicose veins – those gnarly, bulging veins that are visible through the skin. They cause pain, leg fatigue, and swelling. The valves in those veins stop functioning and pushing blood back to the heart like they are supposed to do. The blood pools in the veins causing more and more symptoms over time.
A Sneaky Disease
I have fallen victim to varicose vein statistic myself – strangely more in my left leg than my right. At first, when I was in my 20's, I didn't think a whole lot about it unless it was swimsuit season. A tan usually covered them, and I didn't have any other ill effects. Enter my 30's. Still not as much problem – through two pregnancies, working the nursing floors on my feet, I did experience a fair amount of swelling. I would put my feet up and try to lay off the salt. It would go away on my days off.
Now – in my 40's (yep, I admitted it!) I have entered a new world of varicose veins. They HURT. A LOT. I work mostly at a desk these days, and the swelling remains. My left leg is still worse than my right, to the extent that the difference in circumference is quite visible. I am looking at surgery options and treatments. I take NSAIDS more often than not for the dull aching pain. Why am I sharing all my aches and pains with ya'll? I don't want you to end up like me!
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Now – the important part. Wear them when you don't need them yet. You heard me. You young'uns that don't have a vein care in the world, heed my advice. Save yourselves. Wear those support socks as soon as you start working long shifts. Think of them as insurance for your legs, which are part of your livelihood and your ability to keep working! Plus, don't forget – they are CUTE (https://scrubpro.com/
Still don't believe me? If you are female and reading this – think really hard about why you wear a bra. Then think about compression socks again. See the connection? Preventative. You got it!
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