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Do I need Flight Socks

Discussion in 'Living with lupus' started by SueG, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. SueG

    SueG Registered


    Firstly I hope I've done this post correctly and put it in the right place.
    I am on Azathioprine and Plaquinel and I'm off to Las Vegas soon :excited:. I have never been on a long haul flight before and am wondering if I should wear flight socks and what I can do because the legs on ordinary flight socks are to big for my legs. Any help will be appreciated.

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  2. keebler

    keebler Moderator

    Hi Sue,

    Could you pick up some compression hose? I find them in the pharmacy department at local stores such as Wal Mart, Target.

    I would wear them but I also have heart failure so even going on long trips in the car I use them too.

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  3. lazylegs

    lazylegs Moderator

    Besides the stockings it will to stand up at your seat off and on or take a trip to the loo whether you need to or not. Isometrically tightening your muscles and stretching should help also. I get restless leg so I take an extra tablet for the flight since it is always worse when I am still. If I still have a problem I do ankle circles or flex and point my feet while in my seat. It also helps to stay hydrated.

    Have a great time in Las Vegas. There are some great shows and quite an assortment of food. Try not to lose all your money in one place.

    Take care,
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  4. greenhaggis

    greenhaggis Registered


    Your pharmacy should be able to stock fligt socks in small, medium and large sizes, or by shoe size...if they don't have the variation on display ask them if they can order some in.
  5. Monica3

    Monica3 Registered

    Hi Sue! Sounds like a fun trip! Have you asked your doctor if it would be worthwhile to take aspirin around flight time? Also, ankle circles or doing the alphabet with both feet and walking about the cabin are all recommendations to minimize DVT. Of course, the socks should help if you find a good size for you. Have a great time!
  6. cally

    cally Registered

    Hi Sue,

    If you find that your chemist does not have the correct socks in stock try your GP, they should be able to give you a prescription for compression socks used for operations etc which would be ideal and come in all sizes.

    I hope you have a great time :)

    take care, Cally xx
  7. wolf1

    wolf1 Registered

    You will enjoy there, I’ve been there a couple of times. Went to see blue nan group they were great and boz gags.
    Always wear my flight socks when flying but I keep moving too. You can get them most places that sell socks.
    Enjoy and keep safe
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  8. sagehen

    sagehen Junior Member

    Hi Sue,

    Lazylegs advice is great. Make a trip to the loo even if you do not need to pee. Flex those feet, it will make a big difference.

    On our long flight to Tahiti years ago, I made the mistake of not doing those things and boy did I pay for it. The first night
    of the cruise I spent in misery, from developing cramps in my calve muscles. The worst I have ever experienced. They were so
    bad that I limped for most of the rest of our cruise. I learned a big lesson. Next time, if ever we go again, I will get up and move.
    I will be flexing my feet through out our flight.

    I hope you have a wonderful trip, Sue!

    Best Wishes,

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