Is it just me or are my calves big and ugly because of the blood pooling with POTS

23 Answers

Varney_gruesome
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I can relate can fit in boots in am and by end of day have muffin top on boot from blood pooling - ugh realize it’s not weight it’s just blood pooling there


JannNowell
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Well, guess I'm not crazy. I've noticed my legs, calves are always bigger as the day goes on. I guess compression stockings help? I haven't tried those yet.

Varney_gruesome
Answered 5 months ago    reply

They can for sure

JannNowell
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Any brand you recommend?

Varney_gruesome
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Sigvaris and jobst are good ones also check out Tramps Hosiery haven’t tried but are cute and fashion forward

JannNowell
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Awesome, thanks.

Hyatt.Lenita
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Compression socks definitely help!

mclean.emerald
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Tramps Hosiery online?

Varney_gruesome
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Emerald yes

mclean.emerald
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Thank you


mclean.emerald
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Have hated my calves for many years now and never understood why they were so big. Now I know. Yuck ugh. So insecure about them

JannNowell
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Me too. I stopped wearing shorts

Varney_gruesome
Answered 5 months ago

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Varney_gruesome
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Jann me too


Hyatt.Lenita
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I’ve always hated my calves/ankles because of the swelling. Compression socks help so much but I still cannot wear shorts

mclean.emerald
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Yeah. Insecure in shorts and bathingsuit grrrrr Have spider veins and stretch marks everywhere too

Hyatt.Lenita
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Emerald, yes! It’s so frustrating.


Servin
Answered 5 months ago    reply

They’re doing the best they can do. Love yourself.


mcvey_s
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Same. And it's painful. I too wondered if others had this.


kirkpatrick.d
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Emerald I don't think there's any proof behind this, so ask your Dr first. Before I knewvIbgad Pots, my ankles and calves started swelling and having on trips with hiking or extensive walking. At first my pcp thought it was my thyroid, and it seemed to improve with meds. But after another trip, I could barely walk at the end of the day. My pcp sent me to a vein ablation place. They ablated my greater saphenous veins in both legs from the ankle 3/4 up the inner thigh. It was super painful and took forever to heal. But since then I have not had any leg swelling. I still get the pain with the pooling, though. I would not recommend this as I dont know how it would effect Pots overall. Its just my own naive experience.

Hyatt.Lenita
Answered 5 months ago

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kirkpatrick.d
Answered 5 months ago    reply

Understandably.

Varney_gruesome
Answered 5 months ago    reply

I had vein ablation too on 5 big veins and a ton of tiny ones. I had bad restless legs and it helped for awhile but it came back - this is before I knew about my POTS and I crashed hard about a year after I had this done. Unrelenting bone crushing fatigue. I’ve been slowly getting better over past 5-6 years. I was finally diagnosed this year with POTS, NCS, and Lyme. My neurologist was like “whattttt?!” When I told him re vein ablation. It is a temporary fix at best bc it’s not solving the issue of the brain properly signaling veins to contract and push blood up. I wouldn’t recommend unless really really bad pain. Compression hose best way to go.


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