Jun 27, 2006 09:46AM Binney4 wrote:Hi, Jennifer,
I have two friends who wear Elvarex sleeves and I've heard good things about them. Very expensive, because they're completely custom made -- no seams; they knit the whole thing specifically to your dimensions. They're fairly sturdy in terms of compression. Or I suppose I should say in terms of "containment." A rep who was explaining about garments at a support group meeting told us that "compression" is what's measured with all those numbers (like 20-30 or 30-40 or whatever), but "containment" has to do with the strength of the actual fiber and fabric itself. Makes a weird sort of sense. Anyhow, Elvarex is way up there with the containment, and the women I know who wear them claim they're reasonably comfortable as well. (I can't use them because I have some "vascular issues;" heavy-duty containment makes my fingers turn a bright but unhealthy purple.) For problem arms they're supposed to be the best. (Has to be replaced just as often as the others.)
As for black -- last time I ordered gloves and sleeves I ordered one set close to my skin color, the other black. This time I think I'll order them all black. Looks sharp, goes with lots of things, doesn't show spaghetti sauce or melted chocolate (hmmm!), and I even think it has a slimming look to it.
I'll be anxious to hear how you like it, and I hope it'll help solve some of the long-term swelling troubles you've been dealing with.