Ok so I thought i’d share some pictures of what Lipoedema can look like, but keep in mind that not everyone is at the same level and shapes and sizes really can vary.
This is an example:
notice the ankles, it’s called an elastic band effect, where there is no shape to them at all, not everyone with Lipoedema looks this way. Also notice the pitting texture to the skin, very bumpy. The size is a lot larger than normal which can be difficult to wear knee high boots or wellies etc.
These are the compression tights I had made for me, they are made to fit (although they have had slight movement during the course of the day so don’t look exactly fitted, whoops). I decided to opt for high waisted tights because it feels more comfortable, I also have open toed tights too. Sorry about my black feet, it’s dye from my shoes. They are very thick so can get very warm. It is recommended that you put them on first thing when your legs are cold (as they can swell during the day). They can be tough to get on, especially the first few times. If you have ever watched the US series Friends, the episode where Ross wore leather trousers and couldn’t get them back on, the struggle can be very similar, and sometimes I get the OH (other half) to help me! There have been many a times where he has broken a sweat just to get the darn things on! I recommend getting a stocking applicator, they help a lot.
I can’t say I have seen any reduction even though my OH says they look smaller. I should have really measured before wearing them. I have been wearing these every day for around 3 months now, I swap between alternate pairs so I can wash them. Eventually I will get remeasured and given more pairs if these ones don’t fit anymore. I know they aren’t appealing and you can get very hot in them but remember, they are to help you.
Last year I would never have let anyone but immediate family see my legs, but now I feel I need to spread the word and because pictures are needed to do so, then so be it. I’d rather help somebody recognise this and seek medical advice than to keep hidden away.