Anyone had a procedure done?

Please share your experiences, successes, and failures in using non-drug therapies for WED/RLS (methods of relief that don't involve swallowing or injecting anything), including compression, heat, light, stretches, acupuncture, etc. Also under this heading, medical interventions that don't involve the administration of a medicine to the body (eg. varicose-vein operations, deep-brain stimulation). [This forum contains Topics started prior to 2009 that deal with Non-prescription Medicines, Supplements, & Diet.]
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Anyone had a procedure done?

Postby Laurachrissy » Thu May 26, 2011 6:18 pm

The vascular surgeon has not consulted with me yet....that's in one month, but on his website it states that it can give relief to RLS.

Anyone have first hand knowledge with one of the procedures ?
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Postby badnights » Fri May 27, 2011 6:15 am

Do you mean experience with the CVI surgery in general, or in particular for EkD/RLS relief? I have no experience in either case , sorry :(, but I don't think it's ever done to help EkD/RLS.

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Postby Laurachrissy » Fri May 27, 2011 10:34 am

As a perk from having the procedure, the RLS would calm down.
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Postby Polar Bear » Fri May 27, 2011 3:40 pm

Many years ago I had day surgery on two leg veins. Doc told me it wouldn't make any difference to rls/ekd. He was right. However, I cannot be specific about what type of surgery took place.
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Postby Laurachrissy » Fri May 27, 2011 5:55 pm

When you say day surgery does that mean he did it in the office? Did you have varicose veins? Does that procedure stop the disease process in your leg. Injection/laser? Thanks
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Postby Polar Bear » Fri May 27, 2011 7:35 pm

Day Surgery means going to the hospital around 9am having fasted if required, have the surgery done by the hospital doctor. Then, all being well, get home the same day.

Yes, it was a varicose vein but it wasn't very bad. It was not laser, I had about five little nicks on my leg from thigh to ankle which left minor scars.

It was done about 13 years ago and it certainly did not prevent any disease process.... That same leg now could do with several veins 'sorted' but the UK Health system being in the state that it is, such is not considered a priority.
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Postby Laurachrissy » Fri May 27, 2011 8:33 pm

Gotcha, we call that OUTPATIENT surgery over here in the US.

Too bad it didn't stop the disease process. I gotta think out this long and hard.
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Postby Polar Bear » Fri May 27, 2011 10:49 pm

We also call it Outpatient surgery.
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Postby Laurachrissy » Sat May 28, 2011 12:24 am

Gotcha (again, haha)

Anyway, thanks for responding.
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Postby sugbrendas » Sat May 28, 2011 11:50 am

I recently had to see a vein specialist. The diagnosis was the valves in both legs had gone bad. Dr said if the moderate compression stockings helped I wouldn't need surgery. They most certainly did help.

They also helped with my RLS,before the stockings I felt like world war 3 was happening in my legs-the veins felt like they were battling with the muscles. The nerves in my legs had gotten so bad I couldn't even touch them.

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Postby Laurachrissy » Sat May 28, 2011 10:29 pm

sugbrendas wrote:I recently had to see a vein specialist. The diagnosis was the valves in both legs had gone bad. Me too, did you have the staining in your legs?

They also helped with my RLS,before the stockings I felt like world war 3 was happening in my legs-the veins felt like they were battling with the muscles. The nerves in my legs had gotten so bad I couldn't even touch them.
If I rub my ankles it feels like electricity is burning the skin but not deep down and the burn is not intense.
Did the vein specialist approve using stockings all night.....my nurse told me absolutely not; not even when reclining with legs up for a long period of time.I sorta don't grasp that concept and then sorta do...maybe with the legs elevated above my heart the stockings might slow down the venous return..perhaps?

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Postby badnights » Sun May 29, 2011 1:52 am

I'd also like to know what bad thing might happen when you wear compression stockings all night. My low-pressure ones are great for me to wear all night with no problem. I recently got higher pressure ones (20-30mg) but after a couple of weeks of using them, I've stopped because a couple of times I awoke with excrutiating pain in my .. calf? foot? I can't remember. I assume it was because the stockings were too tight. I 'd like to know why/how that happens.

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Postby sugbrendas » Sun May 29, 2011 8:49 am

I would certainly ask your Drs because I think unless you are on bedrest or there is reason to wear them at night it may not be a good thing.

I was in nursing before my retirement and we had to make sure the stockings came off at night.
I think being in bed does help. I wore mine day and night til I switched to the higher compression.

I was just wondering how you might do to wear a higher compression during the day and not at night to see how you do.

What is staining?
Finally able to sleep on average 9 hours a night!

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Postby Laurachrissy » Sun May 29, 2011 3:58 pm

I have the knee-high 30-40mmHg and the thigh-hign 20-30mmHg.
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Postby sugbrendas » Mon May 30, 2011 7:16 am

thinking that maybe the presure is too much for knee high..
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