My story started at age 27 when I was pregnant with my 2nd child. At the time I had visible varicose veins and some mild pain. Fast forward 7 years and another pregnancy and unfortunately I have to wear them during all of my waking hours. I was diagnosed with venous insufficiency at the age of 31. Because the insufficiency is in my deep veins it is not treatable and the only thing that helps the pain and tired feeling in my legs is compression hose.
Since this diagnosis I have also been diagnosed with May Thurner Syndrome, another reason to wear compression. It has been difficult, especially at a fairly young age, to adapt to wearing compression, especially in the warmer months. Once I wrapped my mind around the fact that this is just simply how I will live it was mentally easier to handle. I have found in the summer that wearing long skirts and dresses is the way to go. I can still wear my compression but yet still feel like all the other Moms.