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My 27 year old daughter has a very bad case of lymphedema. What can I do to help her cope with her 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 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 condition is most likely to cause someone to have lymphedema?

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

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My mom was diagnosed with lymphedema. How serious is this condition?

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 more

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Is there any connection between venous stasis disease and lymphedema?

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 more

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What can be done for venous stasis disease with lymphedema?

What can be done for venous stasis disease with lymphedema?

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

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Help me, 59yrf-dercum's disease, lymphedema, ans disorder, heart disease- mi x3, 10+herniated discs, autoimmunity, gastroparesis, duodenitis w nodule?

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

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How to detect lymphedema?

How to detect lymphedema?

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 more

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How is lymphedema treated in women?

How is lymphedema treated in women?

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 more

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Can both men and women get lymphedema?

Can both men and women get lymphedema?

Yes, but...: Idiopathic (meaning we can't identify the cause) lymphedema is more likely is women, more likely in one leg than both, more likely in the left leg than the right, and more likely to begin after age 35. ...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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