Clothes

If lying down for long periods, avoid garments with pockets or bulky seams. Jumble sales and charity shops sell clothes more cheaply, which is especially useful if you have difficulty finding clothes that are comfortable. Try out different types of garments to see which cause you the least pain or discomfort. You may be surprised and find that, for example, a lightweight silk shirt is better than a nightie or T-shirt. Slippery material slides easily over the skin and may irritate your muscles less; slippery clothes and sheets can also make it a bit easier to turn over in bed. Cotton clothes may be best for sensitive skin. Socks that would usually be considered too big might be better than a close-fitting size. Well-cushioned trainers may be more comfortable than slippers. There is no need to get changed in the morning and evening as long as you wear clothes that are comfortable enough to sleep in – change when you are well enough. Try not to be embarrassed if you are better off wearing nightclothes. You may be able to find some in a ‘daytime’ style, or try elasticated trousers and a T-shirt. Trousers which are loose around the waist can ease abdominal pain. Front fastening bras are easier to take on and off and cardigans are easier than jumpers. Fasten shoes by bringing your feet up on a chair or step rather than putting your head down. If you have difficulty with zips and buttons replace them with press-studs or Velcro (bear in mind that Velcro catches on some materials). A carer could do up most of the buttons before you get dressed, leaving the top one undone so that you can slip it over your head. Fleeces are warm and lightweight. Wearing several layers of thin clothes is more flexible for Temperature Control, or use blankets and a duvet. If you can’t wear long sleeved tops and don’t mind looking unusual in order to keep warm, try cutting the sleeves off a sweatshirt, hem the top of each sleeve with some elastic (not too tight) and wear the sleeves with a top you can tolerate. Alternatively, use leg warmers or a loose tubigrip bandage. Another option is to wear a shirt back to front – it is easier to take on and off while lying down and shouldn’t irritate your back muscles. Soft padding can be sewn into sleeves to give pressure relief for elbows. If it is difficult to get things washed, it may be worth having extra garments, sheets etc.

Pain : Pressure Sores : Temperature Control