2017 Archived Post Linda Zivley
BETH LINN SUFFERS FROM DYSAUTONOMIA BUT FINDS RELIEF FROM THE SYMPTOMS BY USING TRAMPS FASHION COMPRESSION HOSIERY
“Tramps was a purchase that changed mine and my family’s life, and the Reyes family is invested in not only making the best product but invested in their customers.” – Beth Linn, Tramps customer.
Dysautonomia* is a term that describes several medical conditions affecting the Autonomic Nervous System, which controls involuntary bodily functions such as blood pressure, heart rate, kidney function, digestion, dilation of the eye pupils and body temperature. Over 70 million people worldwide are affected by this condition in its different forms. There is no cure at this time and people of any age, gender or race can be impacted. Millions of people live with Dysautonomia but many take years to receive a diagnosis due to the lack of awareness on the part of the public and the medical profession.
Beth Linn, a 50 year-old from Locust Grove, Georgia has suffered from Dysautonomia for years. Beth began using Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery and has seen and felt a major difference in how she feels while wearing them. Following is a Q&A with Beth Linn about her experiences with Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery and how the garments have helped her get relief from her symptoms and allowed her to begin living her old life again.
TRAMPS: Describe your disability and its symptoms:
BETH: I have POTS, Dysautonomia, Mitral Valve Prolapse with Regurgitation, Atrial Tachycardia, Tarlov Cyst, and Hypermobility Elhers Danlos Syndrome (hEDS). My symptoms stem from automatic dysfunction, meaning my body doesn’t regulate on a voluntary system, and a connective tissue dysfunction. My body temperature, heart rate, sweating, blood pressure and digestive system are most affected by Dysautonomia. hEDS makes my joints unstable, but very flexible, chronic body pain, sensitivity to weather, and weak blood vessels. Most symptoms overlap or trigger other symptoms.
TRAMPS: What are the difficulties you face in your everyday life, dealing with your disability?
BETH: I cannot stand for more than a few minutes or walk very far. I’m always cold, even in the hot Atlanta summers. I have not driven a car in 4 years. I can’t house clean or cook. I went from being a full time mom and housewife, classroom mom, volunteer at an animal rescue, growing big gardens and raising backyard chickens and living a busy life, to being confined to a bed or a recliner for 95% of my day. I have to have a wheelchair to leave the house.
TRAMPS: Who else in your family deals with this disability?
BETH: Our 23-year-old son has POTS and not officially diagnosed with Ethers Danlos Syndrome but highly suspected. I also have multiple relatives [afflicted with Dysautonomia].
TRAMPS: What remedies have you tried before or has your doctor prescribed?
BETH: My cardiologist prescribed compression hose, beta blockers and suggested increasing fluids and salt. She also said to dance while standing to keep blood moving.
TRAMPS: When did you start wearing Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery and what do you like about them?
BETH: I started wearing Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery around August of 2016. They feel so good on my legs, almost massaging. I am very petite and had a hard time finding size 00/0. Tramps fit like a second skin! They are cute! There are styles of waistbands that I can wear depending on how I feel that day. The open toes leave my toes free with no rolling under my feet. They are easy to care for and they hold their shape much longer than other brands I have tried. I coordinate my outfits to the color (of Tramps) that I’m wearing. My wardrobe is slowly growing from sweatpants and pajamas to dresses, skirts and shorts. I don’t hide them like I did the standard compression hose, I showcase them! The bonus: My husband buys clothes for me! “To go with your hose,” he says. He never did that before!
TRAMPS: How does Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery alleviate your pain and other symptoms of your disability?
BETH: Blood pooling is like tying a string around your finger; it starts throbbing, tingling, swelling up and goes to pain. That starts in my calves and moves up my legs to my abdomen. As it is happening, my breathing accelerates. My heart beats harder and faster until I get dizzy. Next step is passing out from lack of blood to my heart and brain. My abdomen feels as it is being shrink wrapped. Very painful. This all happens in a matter of maybe 5 minutes of being on my feet. Tramps extends my ability to stands and walk. My rest time is shorter before I get up again. The pain is lessened, the time [I can stand and walk] is extended and my attitude isn’t as defeated.
TRAMPS: What are some things you can do now that you couldn’t do before due to your condition?
BETH: I don’t need my wheelchair full time. I always have it with me, but I have walked more since [I started to wear] Tramps than I have in four years. I love to cook and bake, used to spend 4-6 hours a day in the kitchen. I had to sit in a chair and talk my husband through learning to cook our meals. I am now able to assist him in the kitchen and to do other household chores. I can sit up longer. Having a normal sitting position is very uncomfortable. It is best to sit “crisscross” or curled up in almost a fetal position. Knees at my chest. I can sit in the car 3 times longer [than before] (we have tested it!). Recently, we visited our son out of town. We went to a Temple, walked around for a while and I never used the wheelchair. Left it in the car. My son got emotional and told me this was the longest he’d seen me walk in a long time.
TRAMPS: What are some of the chores or activities you enjoy doing while wearing Tramps?
BETH: Everything! Going for walks with my husband is the bonus. We are “empty nesters,” trying to find our fit in our new lives. He is my caretaker, and now, my only one (our son was an awesome help!) I did not want my relationship with my husband to be one of caretaker/patient but I could not be the wife I wanted to be. Wearing Tramps, I can accomplish chores, or cook a meal for him, or go shopping with him or just take a walk in the park.
TRAMPS: What would you say to friends and others about your experience with Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery?
BETH: I have never promoted another company but I believe in Tramps and the family behind them. Tramps was a purchase that changed mine and my family’s life, and the Reyes family is invested in not only making the best product but invested in their customers.
TRAMPS: How has your life changed since you began using Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery?
BETH: I feel better. That is important because it snowballs into I do more, which my family sees and are able to catch a glimpse of the old me. It helps them relax to see that mom is doing ok. That is priceless. The bonus: My joints are stabilized a bit more. Think having an Ace bandage wrapped around your ankles and knees all day. I feel stronger.
TRAMPS: What would you say to young people who think compression hosiery is only for old or disabled people?
BETH: I’m 50 and I am too young to wear “granny hose.” Tramps are definitely not granny. Google what to wear with the colors and styles to get ideas. Have fun with them!
Dysautonomia shows up in different forms such as:
(POTS) Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, which can cause fainting, chest pains shortness of breath, shaking, lightheadedness, among other symptoms. It is estimated that 1 out of 100 teenagers and, including adults, 1-3 million Americans are affected by POTS, which affects the autonomic nervous system causing low blood pressure and/or an accelerated heart rate while at rest (Orthostatic Hypotension and/or POTS, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome).
Neurocardiogenic Syncope (NCS). The most common form of dysautonomia, NCS affects many millions of people around the world. Severe NCS may result in fainting several times per day, which can lead to injuries from falling. People with moderate NCS have a hard time at work, school or social activities due to frequent fainting.
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). MSA is a fatal form of dysautonomia and occurs in adults ages 40 and up. It is similar to Parkinson’s disease, but MSA sufferers usually become fully bedridden within 2 years of diagnosis and die within 5-10 years. There are an estimated 350,000 MSA patients worldwide.
Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery offers medical grade compression without a doctor’s prescription. They help to increase circulation throughout your whole body since the compression creates better blood flow in the major veins
running through your legs. The correct amount of pressure on the legs createsstronger function of the valves in the veins preventing blood pooling (aka “venous statis”), allowing old blood to reach the heart and lungs to be “regenerated” with a fresh supply of oxygen. Check out our Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery collection at https://www.trampshosiery.com/collections/all-hosiery.
Tramps Fashion Compression Hosiery offers an entire collection of compression
hosiery, knee and thigh highs as well as compression socks for men and women,
which has taken over the fashion-forward world with function as well as beauty.
Tramps is designed for today’s women, who lead active and demanding lives and
who require a product that addresses their health, comfort and fashion needs.
What separates Tramps Hosiery from the competition? Tramps owns the color,
pattern and fashion space in the compression hosiery market today by adding
these unique features to its compression line:
- Made of breathable fabric blend to keep legs cool.
- Tramps product has 100% recovery after wear and wash.
- Offers 25-30 mmHG medium grade graduated compression without a doctor’s prescription.
- Open-toe design with special thong for maximum freedom and comfort for the toes.
- Unique engineered knitted panels that firmly hug and lift the buttocks.
- Bryanna High Waist style features a wide ribbed folded fabric waist band that was designed to wear softly and not cinch the waist as happens with other brands with elastic waistbands.
- Bryanna available in sizes S/M (4-12) and L/XL (14 -18).
- All styles gently hug and shape the figure naturally for a smooth look.
- The specially-designed Emily maternity style is recommended during pregnancy with an expandable belly panel that grows with you.
- Jocelynne Hip-Hugger style is designed for the younger set, who need the hip-hugging skirts and pants to coincide with their undergarment without the embarrassing normal waist support hose that shows as you sit.