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Doctor insights on: Person Manually Massage Leg Lymphedema

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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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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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What are recommendations for a lymphedema pump for the legs?

What are recommendations for a lymphedema pump for the legs?

pump recommendation: It is important to be sure that you truly have lymphedema, a diagnosis that is confusing for many doctors. Unfortunately, the choice of pump is dependent upon what insurance you have and of course how severe the condition is. A certified lymphedema therapist and physician trained in lymphedema should be involved in your care to confirm the diagnosis and get you the best treatment. ...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 to do if I have had lymphedema in my right leg for about 3 years now but I don't understand why?

What to do if I have had lymphedema in my right leg for about 3 years now but I don't understand why?

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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What should I expect to pay for a lymphedema pump for my leg?

right diagnosis: Most importantly is to confirm that it is lymphedema, a diagnosis that is often confused with chronic venous disease. A certified lymphedema therapist and physician trained in lymphedema should confirm your diagnosis especially before you pay such a large sum. If you indeed have lymphedema, your insurance company will pay for the appropriate pump. ...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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I have lymphedema in my lower right leg. Is surgery an option?

Lymphedema: There's no cure for lymphedema. Treatment focuses on reducing the swelling and controlling the pain. Lymphedema treatments include: exercise , wrapping your leg, massage, pneumatic compression and compression garments. ...Read more

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