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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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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? 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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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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I've got lymphedema. Lymphedema is not draining much especially around abdominal area. Are there any good yoga poses for lymphedema drainage?

I've got lymphedema. Lymphedema is not draining much especially around abdominal area. Are there any good yoga poses for lymphedema drainage?

First try: The traditional treatments, measured eastic bandages elivation, edema pumps etc, advise from your doctor, including physical thrapy. If there is infection to eliminate it (treat), then if you want and if you can do try 'shirashasana' for couple of hrs stay on your head with legs up in air. Easpecially good for leg edema. ...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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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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My legs and feet have been swollen for over a year. I have just been told that I have lymphedema. The only thing about that is that I have a terrible shooting pain. What should I do?

My legs and feet have been swollen for over a year. I have just been told that I have lymphedema. The only thing about that is that I have a terrible shooting pain. What should I do?

Most commonly: Cause by removal of or damage if lymph node by cancer. Do you have cancer or cancer treatment? Symptoms are tightness and aching/discomfort, decrease range of motion, hardening of the skin, infections. Cancer, infections like parasites, surgery and congenital causes. Terrible pain not common but in theory peripheral neuropathy and compartment syndrome a possibility. See your physician asap. ...Read more

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Tingling, flu like symptoms, fevers from zerona laser, but extreme fat loss. Still ill + chronic lymphedema in flanks & abdomen 1.5 yrs. What now?!

Tingling, flu like symptoms, fevers from zerona laser, but extreme fat loss. Still ill + chronic lymphedema in flanks & abdomen 1.5 yrs. What now?!

See your doctor: First, you need to be evaluated by a doctor to rule out other causes than the zerona laser for your symptoms. Please see a good internal medicine, possibly infectious disease specialist. For chronic lymphedema, lymphatic massage, gentle ultrasound, hivmat treatments, compression and gentle exercise can be of help. Good luck! ...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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If woman has lymphedema (first time ever) caused by breast cancer (15 yrs ago), can lump on breast be swollen lymph node or is cancer more likely?

If woman has lymphedema (first time ever) caused by breast cancer (15 yrs ago), can lump on breast be swollen lymph node or is cancer more likely?

Not lymph node: There really are no lymph nodes in breast tissue. Bumps in the breast could be from cystic nodule or another breast cancer. I would recommend seeing your doctor to evaluate your axillary lymph nodes with respect to the lymphedema. ...Read more

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Went to drs today. Breast ultrasound tomorrow and c surgeon friday. Dr said I have lymphadema onmy upper left side. Even my necks swollen. What's wrong? :

Cz of Lymphedema: 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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When ovaries and uterus are removed surgically, do they also take out the fallopian tubes and lymph nodes and could that cause abdominal lymphadema?

Sounds like: You had a total hysterectomy, so yes, tubes are removed. If you had this operation for cancer, lymph nodes were probably removed also. But this would probably not cause lymphedema. Consult your gyn for specific recommendations. ...Read more

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Swollen hands face and knees, lymphodema, low body temp, hot red skin, & headache every night. What could cause this? I also have asthma & raynauds.

Swollen hands face and knees, lymphodema, low body temp, hot red skin, & headache every night. What could cause this? I also have asthma & raynauds.

Thyroid?: I'd get a battery of general tests - complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic profile, and thyroid to begin with. Also, compliment those with a physical exam by a medical professional. ...Read more

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Why would upper stomach be swollen?

Why would upper stomach be swollen?

Many reasons: I could be simply increased gas. However problems such as Gastric Outlet obstruction, due to an ulcer or small bowel obstruction must be also considered. Do you have history of peptic ulcers? Do you have Nausea and vomiting.Please see a gastroenterologist SOON if thye answer is yes to either questions. ...Read more

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Why is my stomach is hard and swollen?

Why is my stomach is hard and swollen?

Many causes: Of abdominal distention, too many to mention here. If it is severe or recurrent, you must get medical exam. ...Read more

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My stomach has swollen up and I get a aching?

Many reasons: The most common causes would be constipation with distention of your bowels, gas with distention of your bowels (bacterial overgrowth, ileus, partial small bowel obstruction), and accumulation of fluid with distention of your abdomen (ascites). Recommend evaluation by your doctor. ...Read more

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Could having a swollen abdomen lead to back pain?

Could having a swollen abdomen lead to back pain?

It's possible: Having an enlarged abdomen can shift your weight in such a way that it creates strain on your back. However, there are medical conditions that enlarged the abdomen that can cause pain as well. To be on the safe side, you should have it checked out by your doctor. ...Read more

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What does one do to get rid of a severly swollen abdomen?

What does one do to get rid of a severly swollen abdomen?

Medical examination: See a physician. There are too many possibilities that can cause abdominal swelling, and I do not know your personal medical history or background to make a medical diagnosis here. ...Read more

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Can your gallbladder make your stomach swollen and bloated?

Can your gallbladder make your stomach swollen and bloated?

Yes, distention: Is one of signs of gallbladder disease. But it usually causes post-prandial pain. I would look to other causes of your symptoms. Ask your doctor for specific advice. ...Read more

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I have swollen abdomen and spleen and really sick. What could it be?

I have swollen abdomen and spleen and really sick. What could it be?

Too many poss: This is too vague. I am not sure how u can feel ur spleen. If it is truly enlarged, there are many possibilities. You need to be seen in person by ur doctor and then referred to hematologist if appropriate. ...Read more

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I'm concerned because I have swollen abdomen and spleen and really sick?

See your PCP soon: How long this has been going on? You should be investigated for the reasons that caused your abdomen to swell, is it ascites/ why is your spleen enlarged/ see you primary care physician right away. ...Read more

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What happens if a swollen spleen burst and blood spills into the abdomen?

What happens if a swollen spleen burst and blood spills into the abdomen?

You will die unless: Emergent action is taken to stop the bleeding and to remove the ruptured spleen. ...Read more

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Why does my stomach get so swollen when I eat or drink the littlest thing?

Why does my stomach get so swollen when I eat or drink the littlest thing?

Stomach swell: Be checked by doctor/urgent care/remote physician for gastritis (including H pylori), reflux, gallbladder disease, food intolerance or even irritable bowel. Without other symptoms inflammatory bowel is unlikely. . ...Read more

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Mom has a swollen abdomen, with very little fat elsewhere, what is going on?

Fluid or ascites: Your mom needs doctor evaluation. If she is otherwise okay, abdomen getting more swollen over six months, it could be fluid expanding her abdomen. There are several other possible causes; mass, metabolic, enlarging liver and spleen. Fluid could be from cancer and/or liver dysfunction. An ultrasound will make the diagnosis. Fluid can be tapped, evaluated and treatments started. Don't delay. ...Read more

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What would make my stomach hurt, the top of my stomach is hard feeling & swollen?

Diff possibilities: A swelling of top of the stomach may be due to stomach ulcer, severe reflux, pancreatitis, colitis, or gall bladder disease. If not promptly better with otc omeprazole, would see a doc to sort it out. ...Read more

Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more


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