Oftentimes, people do not wonder “what are the best compression socks for DVT?” until they start talking with their doctor about DVT prevention. DVT stands for Deep Vein Thrombosis. DVT can take on a variety of forms but what is consistent is wearing DVT compression socks helps symptoms significantly. We asked one of our brand ambassadors, Jessica Gosdeck, to share her experience from her diagnosis of DVT with us. In this guest post she tells her story, and why she now uses DVT compression socks for DVT prevention.
"It all started with a limp. I had been doing yard work the week prior, and attributed the discomfort to moving a large rock. The pain continued another week and had gotten to the point that I struggled with basic movements, like swinging my leg over my motorcycle seat. I also noticed that my legs had been getting “thicker,” to which I created the excuse of overindulging on sweets.
A few days later I woke with significant pain and had a difficult time getting out of bed. Once I was up, I realized that I couldn’t physically pick my feet up off the floor. I shuffled to the bathroom where I noticed my legs were a vibrant hue of purple and were significant in size. I honestly didn’t know what to think of it. My husband and I thought elevating my legs might help, so I elevated them. Several hours later the pain was becoming unbearable, my calves had grown even larger and quite firm. It was then that finally I admitted to my husband, and myself, that something was wrong.
Upon arrival at Urgent Care, I could no longer hold myself up, even with help. My husband fetched a wheelchair to push me in. The nurse took one glance at my legs and wheeled me to the Emergency Room. After blood tests, ultrasounds and a CT scan it was confirmed that I had blood clots. I was told that a room was being prepared for me at the ICU of another hospital, and that an ambulance would arrive shortly to transport me. Naively, I had no idea what I was in for.
I have never encountered anyone who had experienced Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). I had no idea of the signs and symptoms, and even as they began “working” on me in the ICU I didn’t fully understand what was happening and foolishly thought I’d be home the next day.
A full week in the ICU, an additional day in a standard room, and three excruciating procedures later, I was able to return home. While I was in the ICU I had nine IVs running; four to each leg dripping “clot busters” and one in my hand for general IV solution. I went home with a three-inch long titanium stent in my IVC just below the kidneys and a walker, as I wasn’t able to walk without assistance. The therapist’s best guess was that I’d be utilizing the walker for six months while I recovered. DVT Compression socks were also advised.
The official diagnosis of my troubles was a congenital abnormality called IVC Stenosis that had gone unnoticed my entire life, until that day I wound up in the ER. My IVC was narrowed to the width of a human hair - hardly wide enough to return blood to my heart. Unbeknownst to me, this was just the beginning of my challenges.
Things began improving slightly. I was a bit steadier on my feet, but the pain and limp were persistent, as was the swelling in my legs. By this point I’d been in lymphedema treatments twice a week, had been wearing DVT compression socks, and did daily exercises. I was also in physical therapy twice weekly to help with the limp. I was at one doctor's office or another four to five days a week. Yet my gains were minimal.
Further testing revealed that the angioplasty hadn’t been enough to keep the section of my IVC intersecting at the kidneys open, as it had narrowed back down and blood flow was still being restricted. This knowledge prompted procedure number five where a modified stent was placed at that intersection. It was also noted at that time that my right iliac vein was compressed, and a large stent was placed there as well.
The recovery from this procedure started much like the last; fairly steady on my feet, but the pain, limp, and swelling hung on. As time went on, my recovery regressed to the point of being in such pain that I needed assistance to walk again. My local medical team decided it was time to refer me to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
Of the many trips back and forth to Mayo meeting numerous specialists and enduring countless tests, one thing was consistent. Every doctor repeated that I was a unique and unusual case, they’d never seen a case like mine before, and they didn’t have immediate answers.
After three months of Mayo visits and waiting, my medical team concluded that the collateral veins that my body created to flow blood when my IVC couldn’t, the very veins that had kept me alive, were now causing my grief.
Just before Christmas 2020, I returned to Mayo for procedure number six. More large stents were placed, and my IVC is now basically lined with titanium from just below my heart to the iliac veins, and both right and left iliac veins are also stented. Last month I returned to Mayo for a check up, and I was told that, for the first time in my life, all of my veins are open.
I’ve just crossed the two year mark of the date I was admitted into the ICU. I am able to walk without a limp most days, and am beginning to do some of the everyday activities that I haven’t been able to since I fell ill. Things will never quite be the “same” for me moving forward; some things I likely won’t be able to do again, and other things I’ll have to do differently. It’s taken me quite a while to get used to wearing DVT compression socks. Partly because they’re not always comfortable, partly because they’re not always attractive, and partly because I’m to wear them 23 hours a day. Most days it’s necessary for me to wear wrap bandages. They are certainly effective, but let’s face it, most compression socks for DVT are unattractive and quite hot in the summer. Of course I understand that my health is more important than looks, but sometimes a girl just wants to wear a cute dress on occasion without bandages showing.
I came across Vim & Vigr and think they are the best compression socks for DVT. Not only are the designs completely adorable and fun, but they’re the most comfortable DVT compression socks I’ve experienced. They don’t pinch or slide, they breath, and the compression level feels true. I’ve even started using the Calf Sleeves as the final layer in my bandaging routine because I love the fun colors and patterns. There’s no escaping compression for me anytime soon, and now that I’ve found Vim & Vigr, there’s no need to hide it. "