1 - When wearing the bandages and compression sleeve, I have pain in the web space of my thumb and in the inner elbow area. What can I do?
Irritation is often caused by friction from the bandage or garment.
A band aid, moleskin or foam padding can be applied in the thumb web space to protect it from friction and extra padding or a silky lining in the inner elbow will help to reduce friction.
Custom sleeves and gloves are measured for your dimensions and fit better than off the shelf garments.
Sleeves manufactured from cotton covered yarn or fabric for sensitive skin may be an option. Talk to your fitter about this.
2 - I have symptoms of increased swelling in my arm in spite of wearing my compression sleeve. What should I do?
Before seeking treatment, talk to your doctor about the symptoms you are experiencing as there are other medical conditions that can cause swelling. Your doctor should be able to determine if this is due to lymphedema. If this is diagnosed as lymphedema, return to your therapist for re-evaluation and management.
3 - Where can I purchase bandages and other wrapping supplies?
The Canadian Bandage Shoppe in Regina Saskachewan sells wrapping supplies online. You could also ask your local medical supply store or pharmacy to bring in supplies if they don't stock any. Ask your therapist for a list of required bandages and supplies.
Please note that if you get a doctor's prescription for the bandages and send that with your order, you will not be charged GST.
Lymphedema Depot in Ontario also carries compression bandages as does BSN Medical out of Quebec. Fitters should be able to order the bandaging supplies from BSN for you and you can see our Suppliers listings for contact information for Lymphedema Depot.4 - Where can I be fitted with a compression garment?
Check with your local medical supply store or orthopedic pharmacy and ask if they have a certified compression garment fitter specifically for lymphedema management.
5 - What level of compression is needed?
Levels of compression must be prescribed by a physician and this depends on the severity of the lymphedema. Check with them to see what best suits your needs.