Tips for Traveling with Circulation Problems

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Tips for Traveling with Circulation Problems

My physical therapist and I have been talking a lot about how I need to handle my injured leg while I'm in Disney. One of the things that we're anticipation is circulation problems due to veins that were cut during my surgery. I'm still dealing with swelling and the circulation is not as good as it should be. Add the high humidity of September in Florida with sitting in an ECV most of the day and I'm sure to have some issues. So - I thought I would share my Physical Therapist's tips for reducing swelling while on vacation.

1) Compression socks - These are great on the airplane to help combat blood clots. I won't be wearing them day to day though, it's just going to be too hot. 2) Elevation - 15 minutes a day up a wall. For elevation to really help your circulation you need to get your feet up above your heart. I usually lay upside down on the bed with my legs resting up the headboard/wall. 3) Ice - You've got an ice bucket, chill those problem points before you go to bed each night. 4) Hydrostatic Pressure - In other words, go swimming every day. The hydrostatic pressure from 10-15 minutes in the pool will help to force excess fluids out of your body. 5) Don't spend the whole day in the EVC - even though you have a scooter pick a point to park it and walk if you can. It doesn't have to be great distance, but get up and walk around the Emporium or other gift shops. The movement will help keep the fluids in your legs from settling.

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My circulation is permanently shot, so much so my consultant found a previous dvt has ripped through 1 leg at some point in the last 6 years. All of your list is ideal, if at any point you can wear your compression it will help.

Anything that moves your calf muscles will benefit, walking is the obvious one, but even toe raises (stand on tip toes and hold, lower slowly) and even doing this while sat down will get your calf pumping, this is the main way to get blood up your veins to your heart.

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Hope you had a great trip Kristen, Sorry to be late here but seriously your post has helped me out in deep way. I was worried about my vacations as I am also suffering from an injury on my feet and had a successful operation last month. My doctor advised me to take complete rest but how can I while my kids were planned these vacations half year before? I concerned him again to take some precaution during vacation but he was not that much happy with my trip as he wants me to recover soon but am also compulsive because of my kids. They want to spend their Halloween 2017 at Walt Disney World. And seriously you can't do anything man when it comes to your Kid's wishes. Any ways, your precaution list has helped me and I am surely going to try all of these and will definitely share my experience with you guys. Thanks.

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Hi Rebeca! I'm so glad that you found my tips useful.

I hope that you have a fantastic vacation. Just remember to keep your health in the front of your mind and do the things that you need to do to take care of yourself. I understand not disappointing the kids, but you need to make sure they know that they have to help take care of Mom!

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Going in January again this year, but while I like the support of compression socks, my issue is the elastic tops! These great socks end right where there are a group of varicose veins, so I itch for days after. EECK!!!!

After a lot of research, I have found a great lotion that is helping:

2 parts shea butter (or coconut oil or olive oil can be substituted)
1 part aloe vera
10 drops lemon grass essential oil ( for circulation)
10 drops lavender oil (for calming)

Mix thoroughly ( you can even whip it in the food processor). Rub into skin morning and night using an upward motion). My skin has never been so smooth and the itching (I actually was scratching the veins open) has completely stopped. I do the feet up every day, but have not needed the ice since using this lotion. I might also note that this is not greasy at all and smells wonderful!. yay yay yay yay

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