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Lymphedema Cope Condition
My 27 year old daughter has a very bad case of lymphedema. What can I do to help her cope with her condition?
See a specialist: Lymphedema nurse specialists can be unbelievably helpful in providing emotional support and counseling, education about skin care, and also in providing treatment for lymphedema with massage and wrapping techniques. Even chronic, massively swollen limbs can see dramatic results with non-invasive limb reduction techniques. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Depends: The answer to this question depends on the cause of the lymphedema. Many forms of lymphedema are secondary to some other problem. Once the primary problem is resolved then the lymphedema is resolved. It is best to seek the opinion of a physician with special interest in lymphedema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Phlebolymphedema: There is such a close connection between veins and lymphatic channels that many feel it is impossible to have venous insufficiency and not have the lymphatics be affected--at least a little--and probably vice versa. It is possible though to have lymphedema with essentially no venous insufficiency. It is also possible to have both, treat the veins, and have no effect on swelling. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Valves malfunction.: Venous stasis with lymphedema is due to venous insufficiency which is a result of the valves in the venous system malfunctioning . This can be due to the valves in the deep system, superficial system or connecting system. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation with a venous reflux exam. Initial treatment consists of support hose, lymphedema massage and compression pumps. ...Read more
Help me, 59yrf-dercum's disease, lymphedema, ans disorder, heart disease- mi x3, 10+herniated discs, autoimmunity, gastroparesis, duodenitis w nodule?
Too many issues here: If you do have all these listed problems, you need a good internist to take care of you and guide you further. Health matters get complicated if you truly have more than one or 2 ailments and you need long term care for any such diseases that are chronic in nature. You need a good primary care doctor to guide you for the long term. ...Read more
Clinically usually: Lymphedema occurs when a clear fluid known as lymphatic fluid builds up in the soft tissues of your body, usually in an arm or leg. Diagnois is best made clinically in at risk patients. For example, swelling on the legs and esp. The top of the feet is a classic sign. Tests that may be ordered include ultrasound, ct scans, and MRI but they are done to rule other other diagnosis's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The same for all: Whether male or female, treatment is the same. The mainstay is decongestive therapy as dr. Brown said. This includes elastic compression stockings, non-elastic circ-aids garments, sequential compression devices, lymphatic drainage/massage, diet and exercise. A great source of info is lymphnet.Org, as dr. Wagner said. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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