Hiking again yesterday:)
I generally wear my compression sleeve when I hike, especially when it’s hot and humid. It’s just a precaution. I don’t have lymphedema, but in the past have had some episodes of swelling. After talking with my doctors and a lymphedema specialist, I decided it’s just easier to wear the sleeve during activities that are higher risk for swelling. I’d rather wear the thing and not have a problem than try to deal with the swelling later if I don’t wear it.
And here’s the reason why I wear it when I hike:
You may not be able to tell very well from this picture, but my hand and arm are PUFFY! And this is my good arm. My knuckles were swollen enough that it was difficult to make a tight fist. I had to loosen my watch band several times. This is just the way my body normally reacts to exercise in very hot, humid weather. It’s all fine, except that the side with lymph nodes removed has a harder time processing all that extra fluid.
I’ve found that keeping well-hydrated helps. I’m not really sure if, scientifically, it actually helps, but it seems to. So, I drink lots of water (good to do anyway).
And I wear my sleeve. What’s that phrase? An ounce of prevention….