Swim Suits for Neuropathy Hands

Posted by Debbie @dbeshears1, Aug 28 6:54am

Hi – My arms/hands/fingers are as affected by my PN as much my legs/feet/toes, so I am unable to swim since I can’t keep my head above the water. But I absolutely LOVE water exercise and the benefits I know it has for me when I can make it to our seasonal outdoor pool. However, my main deterrent from taking advantage of the opportunity is the struggle I have getting in and out of a woman’s bathing suit, especially wet. It sounds silly, but there have been times when I’ve come close to getting scissors to cut me out, and that too is dangerous with my neuropathy hands. Swimsuits are mandatory for the pool (no street clothes, no birthday suits). Does anyone have suggestions for good swimwear that might help a person like me to get in the water and do some brilliant, helpful water activities? Thanks, Debbie

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My Mom wore what I would describe as a "swim romper" for water therapy after several strokes. It was a loosish one piece with built-in shorts and bra, & overskirt. Nylon jersey so it slid on easily and was loose in the midriff. That was over 10 years ago and I got it from an adaptive clothing catalog.

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Neoprene wet suit will keep you buoyant in the water. I did water aerobics in San Diego Bay every day when condo pool was closed due to Covid. Problem for you will be putting on and taking off with your hand problem.

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Google women wet suits. Found options that may work. You will most likely need a partner to help put on and remove. Brilliant!

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@nodunk

Google women wet suits. Found options that may work. You will most likely need a partner to help put on and remove. Brilliant!

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Yes, helpful to have my partner with me 24/7, but I try to find things I can do as independently as possible, like getting dressed! I already get so much from him, I just want to give him a bit of a break on some things… leave him to all the housework that involves stepping, bending, squatting, heaving lifting, and walking while carrying an item. But I’ll keep googling, surely there’s swimwear out there with one big easy zipper with a large zipper pull for me to grasp…

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@dbeshears1

Yes, helpful to have my partner with me 24/7, but I try to find things I can do as independently as possible, like getting dressed! I already get so much from him, I just want to give him a bit of a break on some things… leave him to all the housework that involves stepping, bending, squatting, heaving lifting, and walking while carrying an item. But I’ll keep googling, surely there’s swimwear out there with one big easy zipper with a large zipper pull for me to grasp…

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Wet suits have back zipper you may be able to handle.

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@nodunk

Wet suits have back zipper you may be able to handle.

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Honestly never thought of wet suit type things until these responses. Thanks all, so great to be able to tap into experience md thinkers!!

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