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Lymphedema in leg - how long does it last?

Lymphedema in leg - how long does it last?

True lymphedema is: Typically a permanent condition that requires daily control with compression therapy. Many times swelling or edema is called lymphedema when it is not truly the case. See a lymphedema specialist if diagnosis is not certain. ...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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Do you know where to buy pants for someone with lymphedema swollen legs, i mean waist is not a problem?

Do you know where to buy pants for someone with lymphedema swollen legs, i mean waist is not a problem?

Medical supply store: Graduated compression hose generally require a prescription from you doctor. They will need to specify the extent of the pressure needed and you will need to get measured for them. This is usually a service of a medical supply store in your community . These are generally not available at pharmacies or drug stores. ...Read more

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Does any doctor here know where to buy pants for someone with lymphedema swollen legs?

Med Supply Store: What you may be looking for are graduated compression stockings. These are not the generic support hose bought at a drug store although they can be very helpful. For lymphedema a heavier stocking is usually required and needs a prescription designating the pressure of the stocking needed,eg 20 or 40 mmHg pressure. These are usually found at medical supply stores . ...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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What are the first signs and symptoms of leg lymphedema?

What are the first signs and symptoms of leg lymphedema?

Swelling: Generally swelling but heaviness or fullness or achy type pain can also occur. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me first usual signs and symptoms of leg lymphedema?

Can you please tell me first usual signs and symptoms of leg lymphedema?

Lymphedrma: The most common cause of lymphedema is having surgery of that extremity where the lymph nodes were disturbed. Please see a certified lymphedema therapist as well as a physician to help further evaluate the lymphedema. ...Read more

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What kind of exercises can I do for lymphedema in my legs?

What kind of exercises can I do for lymphedema in my legs?

Compression: Visit a lymphedema clinic if possible. They will help coordinate your treatment plan. Compression, compression, compression is most effective at bringing down swelling and for maintenance (ace wraps, stockings, etc.). Leg elevation at the end of the day. Massage therapy is offered by many lymphedema clinics. Sometimes a diuretic (water pill) can help bring down the swelling....Ask your doc. ...Read more

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What kind of exercises will help with lymphedema in my legs?

What kind of exercises will help with lymphedema in my legs?

Pedal pumping: Will help, keep it up for at least two minutes, and do it three times daily best health to you. ...Read more

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Is there anything recommended for life long lymphedema in the legs?

Is there anything recommended for life long lymphedema in the legs?

Swelling is an enemy: Lymphedema has several causes. The swelling is bothersome, makes your legs heavy. Uncontrolled and with time, swelling causes permanent skin damage, skin color change, ulcerations, poor wound healing. Doctors recommend compression devices as first line therapy to control swelling. Ice packs, leg elevation, some interventions, a doctor visit, leg vein ultrasoud might also help control swelling. ...Read more

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What to do if I have lymphedema in both legs.any advice?

What to do if I have lymphedema in both legs.any advice?

Reduce Swelling: Lymphedema is due to increased back pressure in either the lymphatic or venous systems or a combination of both. It can occur in any extremity and most commonly in the legs. The goal of treatment is to reduce the pressure by several modalities-elevation, compression stockings or bandages, lymphedema massage and sequential segmental pumps. Unfortunately, lymphedema is a chronic condition. ...Read more

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