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If you are suffering from lymphedema, you may only experience mild symptoms at first. You may notice that one leg appears slightly bigger than the other. You may feel mild discomfort in the leg or a feeling of heaviness.
As lymphedema progresses, you may experience aching and pain in the affected limb. The swelling will be quite noticeable at this point, and you may find using the leg difficult. The skin over your leg may become hard and feel thick.
Any swelling of the leg warrants at trip to the doctor to rule out serious medical conditions. A diagnosis of lymphedema will be made by your previous medical history, a physical exam, and testing.
What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a medical term that refers to swelling in one leg or arm. On occasion, the swelling is bilateral, but generally is more commonly seen in just one limb.
It occurs when the lymphatic system is blocked or damaged. The lymphatic system is an important part of your immune system. Lymph fluid circulates throughout your body. It collects viruses, wastes, and bacteria along the way. The lymph vessels lead to the lymph nodes where the collected materials are destroyed by infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes and subsequently flushed from the body.
Damage to the lymph nodes causes the fluid not to be able to properly drain from the affected limb, which results in the swelling.
What causes lymphedema?
Primary lymphedema is hereditary and is the result of lymph vessels not developing properly. These hereditary conditions are rare and include Milroy's disease, Meige's disease, and lymphedema tarda.
Secondary lymphedema is more common than primary lymphedema. It can result from infections to the lymph nodes. These infections lead can lead to blockages in the nodes and interfere with normal node function.
Tumors growing near a lymph node can cause blockages. Surgery for certain types of cancers that involves the removal of lymph nodes is a common cause of the condition. However, the condition may not appear for many months following the surgery. Radiation treatments for cancer can also cause damage to lymph nodes.
There's no cure for lymphedema. The treatment is focused on reducing the swelling and eliminating the pain and discomfort by using exercise, massage, wrapping techniques, compression treatments, and complete decongestive therapy.
You should consider a referral to a lymphedema therapist, like those at Dynamic Rehabilitation Services, who is trained in the above techniques. They can teach you light exercises and proper wrapping techniques to control your symptoms.
You should always keep the affected limb clean. Improving your overall health is a good idea. Proper nutrition and rest will not only help your physical condition, but it will also help you cope with the emotions resulting from dealing with a chronic health issue. Talking with your family about your condition is helpful. You should enlist their support in assisting you with exercises and massage under the direction of your therapist and doctor.
Knowing all you can about lymphedema is vital to understanding your condition. Ask questions and follow your doctor and therapist's suggestions. With proper self-care and the help of your medical team, you can continue to live a normal life with lymphedema.Share
20 January 2015