Support Stockings for POTS Right after my appointment while we were still in the city yesterday, we went to the surgical supply place which the specialist had told me about, to have me fitted for medical support stockings. After them having to ring my specialist as he didnt send me there with the needed referal, so I had to interupt him in his appointments and get one faxed throu, I was measured up for them after being told it would be a 6 week wait then to get a pair throu. It luckily thou, turned out they had one pair my size in stock...fortunately which was my skin colour. Cost for support stockings (which come to mid thighs) and the glue to go with them... $85 dollars , that is including a 10% discount for being on a disability pension. The lady there gave me a lesson in getting these on and off in the right manner. Unfortunately it turned out that I arent well enough generally ME wise to be able to get the support stockings on myself. I got one leg on and by that time my arms hurt and I was almost gasping for breath (my fitness level right now must be terribly bad) and wiped. I had to get my boyfriend to put the other one on me. This is a MASSIVE issue seeing I dont live with my boyfriend and only see him twice a week . Horrid feeling.. not good enough to do the things I need to do to help myself. I cried a little in the store when I found I couldnt put them on myself. There went my too hopeful idea that I may be able to just use these and be able to just put them on and be able to leave my house alone at times. Looks like just another way Im going to be dependant on someone else, seems I cant get away from that. ........ Today.. I have bad neck issues again. My neck has been playing up on and off but Ive been putting off seeing my physio due to the once a fortnight travel to have to see my ME/CFS specialist... so today.. my neck decided to go jamming up and it is pulling my head to one side and Im only now able to turn my head 20 degree on one side. So Ive had to do ringing around... desperately esp since its a Friday and I dont want to be like this with a neck I cant move much and painful all weekend, trying to find someone to take me to my good physio who is a wonder when it comes to my neck, back, hip issues. Cause my boyfriend took me to the specialist appointment yesterday, he's unable to help me out again till next week and unfortunately after several phone calls... I was out of luck. Ive fortunately thou she wont take me to my good physio, Ive been able to find someone to take me to a different physio in my country town which thou isnt as good, is still a physio so should be helpful right now. Unfortunately its a physio in which Ive stood up twice in the past due to forgetting or confusing apppointments, so I may end up being also changed for 2 more which in past I'd forgot along with possibly having to deal with someone who may be angry at me. (Receptionist there was annoyed at me after I messed up the first appointment there, and I never went back after confusing the second appointment with that physio... a short time later). Very nervous about facing that physio again. The one who is willing to drive me just down the road.. is also going to help me to put on my support stockings to go to the physio. ..................... Didnt start the trial of raising the drug for sleep last night due to the post exertional headache I developed after cooking myself dinner after a specialist appointment yesterday. ................... Last night when taking BP and heart rate trying to guage how the support stockings were affecting me (wondering if if the POTS would show up on the "poor mans test" while I was wearing the stockings, I found out I have ANOTHER BP issue I didnt know I had... (talk about that in my next post).