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Tips on underwear

Wool underwear

With regards to Mr Orry’s query about fine, pure, wool underwear (The Hints Box, Arthritis Today 157), a firm called Patra make a range of silk underwear at very reasonable cost which I find most comfortable. They can be contacted on 0870 270 7250 or www.patra.com
Lorna Ross, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis

Warm underwear

I have had rheumatoid arthritis since 1968 and during the past 15 years I have found a greater need for warm clothing and the constant need to come indoors to find heat. My pain has been constant and at times unbearable. I have tried many different types of clothing but never really found any which have been very effective.

In 2009 a friend who was developing a leisure suit told me about his project. He offered to make an all-in-one suit for me to try out. At first I was a little apprehensive but after consideration I decided to give it a try. A suit was made to my measurements and I have to say I am glad that I took up this offer, as the effect of the garment has been unbelievable. I have worn this suit, which has a warm filling sandwiched between two layers of material during the recent cold weather and the suit is warm and comfortable. I can recommend it to my fellow sufferers. My wife was so impressed she bought one for herself.
George Walling, Milnthorpe, Cumbria

How to get out of your vest

Taking off a chemise or vest is difficult or painful when you have general arthritis. Stitch a narrow tape or ribbon in the centre, top back of the garment. When putting it on, make sure the ribbon comes over your shoulder. Loosely knot onto a strap. When taking the garment off, free the ribbon, pull it out in front and slightly up, in front of you and it will pull the back up as you go. I hope this is not a hint everyone has been doing for years!
Rosemary Biggs, via email

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