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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. Ted King
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Lymphedema (Definition)

The lymph channels work to return fluid from the lower extremities back towards the heart, and filter out bacteria. If the lymph channels and not functioning appropriately swelling of the affected limb is most common presentation. The swelling usually occurs during daily activities and improves with leg elevation. In order to prevent swellingUse a compression ...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?

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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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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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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Lymphedema after 6 years post bilat mastectomy with cervical node swelling breast MRI showed no cancer what can cause sudden lymphedema?

SImple blockage: The lymphatic system is a very fragile series of tubes that carry the lymph. Anything that impacts on these tubes can cause slowing up or complete stoppage of the lymphatics. Unfortunately, there is no timing as to the onset nor any real prevention especially in light of the history you provided. The key is to get to a lymphedema physician and certified therapist and get treated right away. ...Read more

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How long does lymphedema generally last?

How long does lymphedema generally last?

Life long concern: We try to prevent - with sentinel lymph node biopsies to decrease extent of surgery under the arm but it is always a concern i follow people with the ldex unit to measure their arms with electrical impedance to catch it early before we see it. It can be reversed and limited early in its course. One must avoid any arm infection, BP measurements or venous punctures on the affected arm. ...Read more

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Who is more likely at risk for lymphedema?

Depends.: One answer is, if you've had lymph nodes removed (e.g. Along with breast cancer surgery) or destroyed (e.g. Radiation therapy) you may be at risk. ...Read more

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Please tell me anything you know about lymphedema?

Please tell me anything you know about lymphedema?

Chronic Problem: Lymphedema is usually a chronic problem and can have many causes. Often times the primary cause may be unknown and this is called idiopathic. Primary lymphedema can be congenital, can occur in the teen age years or can occur in the over 40 year old group. Secondary lymphedema is often related to surgery, skin infections or, commonly, in relation to chronic venous insufficiency and leg swelling. ...Read more

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Where do you get compression sleeves for lymphedema?

Lymphedemaproducts: Lymphedemaproducts.Com to select the correct garment (ready-made or custom made), compression level, and, if necessary, fastening systems, the patients age, physical abilities (and limitations), lifestyle, type of lymphedema and any other conditions must be taken into consideration. It is necessary that a compression garment is chosen that meets the patient’s individual needs. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if lymphedema makes you gain weight?

Slightly: lymphedema is a condition where obstruction to venous outflow in an extremity usually post surgery can cause retrograde welling from fluid accumulation in the extremity that fails to drain properly. Seen most often post axillary or groin surgery with and without radiation. Minimal wt gain ...Read more

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What condition is most likely to cause someone to have lymphedema?

Axillary dissection : Lymphedema (le) happens after lymph nodes have been removed or disrupted. In breast cancer surgery, le happens most frequently after someone has had an axillary dissection to remove a large group of nodes from the underarm. Radiation to the underarm increases the risk of le. Le can be triggered by trauma or infection of the arm. Obesity is also a risk factor for le after having nodes removed. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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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


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