Elastic support bandages

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Elastic support bandages

Postby jul2873 » Mon Jun 19, 2017 7:18 pm

A few weeks ago I ordered a roll of support bandages from Amazon. This is what it's called: Derma Sciences GLG10 SurgiGrip Tubular Elastic Support Bandage, Large Thighs, 4.5" Width, 11 yd Length.
https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00 ... UTF8&psc=1

This is basically a long roll of fairly gentle elastic material that is made to hold knee or foot bandages in place. I cut strips that were the length of my calves and knees, and pulled them on. And they are helping. It is not the magic solution, but I do find I use a little less kratom when I'm wearing them, and best of all they are allowing me to sleep later in the morning. Previously, no matter what I did, by 8:30 at the latest I simply had to get up.

So sometimes they control the RLS and sometimes they don't. But they are cheap and comfortable to wear, so I don't see a downside. Plus the fabric is washable. And the roll is huge. It should last me a year at least. I ordered the large size, even though I'm fairly small, as I didn't want them to be too tight. Might be worth a try for some others.

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Re: Elastic support bandages

Postby badnights » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:44 am

Cool. I don't think it could apply pressure in all the right places for me - - I need my ankles to be addressed, and worse, my knees would freak if anything was behind them. I have tried elastic wraps, which sometimes help but sometimes are irritating, and always are a pain to put on and take off. How can you adjust the pressure or the tightness of the tube? Even though the tube is large size and you're not, they still exert enough pressure?
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Re: Elastic support bandages

Postby jul2873 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:30 pm

I can't adjust the pressure, Beth. It's a gentle pressure and it seems to work fine. And they are very easy to put on. I just pull them on like I would a sock. You can have them going over the ankles and knees or not, just depends on how long you cut the tubes. Anyway, not a perfect answer, but helpful for me.

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Re: Elastic support bandages

Postby ViewsAskew » Wed Jun 21, 2017 4:52 am

Sounds like a less firm solution than the medical grade support hose.
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