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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Lymphedema And Edema

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Could anybody tell me how edema/ lymphedema happens?

Could anybody tell me how edema/ lymphedema happens?

More info: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be safely carried in arteries and veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. It is propelled along by normal body movements but contains a thick material called lymph. Blockage causes it to back up causing soft tissues/skin deformity. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Edema (Definition)

Fluid in the tissues, either caused by something local to the swollen area like an injury or inflammation, or from the body's retention of water. Gravity brings the fluid to the feet & legs in that case. As a general rule, if one foot is swollen, something is wrong with the foot. If both feet are swollen, it's not the feet, but water ...Read more


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I don't have lymphedema but I have drainage issues legs to stomach swelling would "ckls" help my edema drainage issue?

I don't have lymphedema but I have drainage issues legs to stomach swelling would "ckls" help my edema drainage issue?

Careful: Your symptoms could suggest a number of various diagnoses, some of which could be very serious. If you haven't received expert medical advice on the diagnosis responsible for your symptom, i would encourage you do so before embarking on a herbal remedy. ...Read more

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I have had slight swelling in my left arm due to lymphedema. What can I do?

Lymphedema therapy: Manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive therapy are the cornerstones of proper lymphedema care. You should seek the opinion of a vascular specialist that has a special interest in lymphedema management. You can learn a lot of the techniques and can begin self management at home once you have been properly treated. ...Read more

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Lymphedema? Bilateral symmetrical swelling of the mid-back. Non-pitting, soft , no pain, no swollen nodes sudden onset, slight less swollen post 1 wk

Lymphedema : Did you have a procedure done. Are you post op from bilateral mastectomies? If this is the case then i would let more time pass. There are postmastectomy physical therapy guidelines that can help if this is your situation. ...Read more

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Lymphedema i was born with it according to the doctor. I started to notice it when i turned 12 because of the swelling! is there any cure I am 18 now?

Lymphedema i was born with it according to the doctor. I started to notice it when i turned 12 because of the swelling! is there any cure I am 18 now?

No cure.: There are many types of lymphedema and some are congenital and some can occur at later ages. Unfortunately there is no cure for lymphedema but there are many types of symptomatic treatment to control it. Leg elevation, support hose, compression pumps, lymphedema massage, skin emollients, exercise and keeping a good weight all help. ...Read more

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How can I prevent swelling on my ankles due to lymphedema (caused by abdominal surgery)?

How can I prevent swelling on my ankles due to lymphedema (caused by abdominal surgery)?

Compression: Lymphedema is cause impaired circulation of lymph. Normally the compression of muscles propels the lymph through lymphatic system, however if the is obstruction it need extra help. That can from compression stockings, lymphatic massage, or compression boots or pumps that inflate. All of these things give an extra boost to lymph circulation. ...Read more

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Pelvic aching/swelling 1 yr after total hysterectomy. Just started 3 months ago. more swelling from sitting than standing. also lymphedema left leg?

Pelvic aching/swelling 1 yr after total hysterectomy.  Just started 3 months ago.  more swelling from sitting than standing.  also lymphedema left leg?

Venous thrombosis: Swelling in pelvis and legs depends on the response to hysterectomy where if procedure was for tumor a pelvic node dissection was probably performed. Here there is a possibility of iliac and hypogastric vein thrombosis leading to extremity edema as well as aching from obturator and pelvic femoral nerve irritation ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lymphedema only on one side of the face/neck and the swelling be intermittent? thyroid panel, CT scan, ultrasound all negative.

Yes: Lymphedema can be confined to one area of the neck. Usually there is a history of trauma, surgery or infection in the area or related area. I would consult with an surgical or lymphedema specialist for more information. ...Read more

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Swelling on the inner side of my knee, no injury and sometimes upper leg pain had ultrasound done vains r fine could it be lymphedema?

Swelling on the inner side of my knee, no injury and sometimes upper leg pain had ultrasound done vains r  fine could it be lymphedema?

Probably not: If at the joint line a cyst from the medial meniscus can do this. This can occur wth meniscal tears. Other possibilities include a lipoma in the skin and, rarely, muscle herniation through a defect in the tissues surrounding muscle. Mri may help sort this out. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

Lymphedema is a medical condition in which the tiny amount fluid and protein that normally seeps out of blood vessels as it flows by cells cannot be returned to the blood vessels due to abnormalities in the lymph system, or the collecting ducts ...Read more