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Are there important dietary concerns for people with lymphedema?

Are there important dietary concerns for people with lymphedema?

Not much: Not much is really in the literature. I tell my patients to limit salt to decrease fluid retention in general. Really it's the exercises and massage that will help the most. ...Read more

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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


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What must I eat if lymphedema?

What must I eat if  lymphedema?

Good diet: Lymphedema fluid is high in protein and so the fluid that creates the swelling pulls a lot of protein out of your circulation. As a result, a higher protein diet is a good idea. Avoiding salt is also smart. A fluid restriction is not thought to be helpful. Otherwise a healthy general diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is a good thing. If you are overweight, weight loss helps the swelling. ...Read more

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What can I do if I have lymphedema?

What can I do if I have lymphedema?

Therapy: There is physical therapy directed to improve this and also sleeves you can wear find a lymphedem clinic in your area. www.drlugo.com. ...Read more

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I have lymphedema. If i was to have kids in the future will they have lymohedema to.?

Not necessarily: Most lymphedema is acquired and not inherited . So the chances are good that you would not pass a gene that causes it. However i can't speak specifically about your case you must consult a doctor. ...Read more

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How can I prevent lymphedema?

Most: Most lymphedem a is due to surgery that scars or eliminates lymphatic. Sometimes this is necessary as part of cancer surgery. Other lymphedem a can be from a parasite and it can be contracted by barefoot walking or insect bytes. ...Read more

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What kind of specialist should I seek if I have a lymphedema problem?

What kind of specialist should I seek if I have a lymphedema problem?

Several choices: There are several medical specialties that focus on lympedema. In order of frequency: vascular medicine specialist, vein specialist also called phlebologist , vascular surgeons, dermatology, cardiology and family practice focus on lymphedema in their practices. All of these specialties diagnose and treat lymphedema, but there is no single specialty that diagnosis or treats lymphedema. ...Read more

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Do you think I should get surgery for lymphedema if i want to be a dancer?

Lymphedema : Surgery for lymphedema is done by a handful of surgeons in the United States. A thorough exam and as well as therapy program should be in place before any surgery is considered. ...Read more

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Should i get surgery for lymphedema if i want to be a dancer in the near future?

Possibly: Possibly you could be a surgical candidate for a new microsurgical procedure. http://blog.winniepalmerhospital.com/live-surgery-watch-drs-klein-lee-and-feiner-perform-vascular-lymph-node-transfer-vlntx/. ...Read more

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Do you think I should skip certain aspects of gym class because of my lymphedema?

Do you think I should skip certain aspects of gym class because of my lymphedema?

Probably not: Exercise, activity and movement are all very beneficial in treating lymphedema. It is important to make sure that you don't remove your compression garment when you exercise though. If an exercise makes you uncomfortably warm when you do a certain exercise, then i would avoid that exercise. ...Read more

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