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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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Dr. Ted King
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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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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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What kind of doctor would treat lymphedema of the lower leg?

What kind of doctor would treat lymphedema of the lower leg?

Surgeon/radiologist: Could also see a message therapist if there is no venous valvular insufficiency that needs correction. ...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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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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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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My sister-in-law has been diagnosed with lymphedema in her right leg. What can I do to help?

My sister-in-law has been diagnosed with lymphedema in her right leg. What can I do to help?

Lymphedema: get evaluated treatment includes compression stockings manual lymphatic decongestion lymphedema pump read internet sites that are patient driven with regards to lymphedema ...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?

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 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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I wear compression socks for lymphedema. I stand for 8 hours per day. My leg hurts. What can I use to help prevent the hurt?

I wear compression socks for lymphedema. I stand for 8 hours per day. My leg hurts. What can I use to help prevent the hurt?

Compression pump: Lymphedema is chronic condition that is tough to manage. The basic involve good stockings adequate compression strength durability & fitted properly stockings & home message and breathing exercises. Next step involves intermittent sequential compression pump to remove excess swelling the first steps haven't removed. Make sure the basic are covered. Weight loss may help. Don't get discouraged! ...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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Is there any successful treatment for life long lymphedema in the legs?

Lymphedema treatment: Unfortunately, if you haven't had surgery and/or radiation, there is a very good chance that the cause of your lymphedema will be impossible to determine. If there is a treatable cause, it should be treated. Otherwise, the treatment is manual lymphatic drainage, compression stockings, decongestion exercises, weight loss (if needed), and intermittent pneumatic compression for life. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment /care for weeping leg lymphedema following cancer treatment?

What is the best treatment /care for weeping leg lymphedema following cancer treatment?

See phlebologist: Secondary lymphedema due to groin dissection, radiation to the pelvis can be evaluated by a phlebologist. Evaluation of the venous system in the legs may be contributing to the swelling/weeping, and fixing this may help. Lymphedema therapist in physical therapy dept can help you. Check out www.Phlebology.Org to find phlebologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Please help docs! where can I get financial assistance to buy a lymphedema pump for my leg?

Not hard to do: You need to find a lymphedema specialist, someone who has completed a 145 hour training course and who is a certified lymphedema therapist (clt). They are trained to treat it, and also help you identify specific needs and also help you obtain them. This requires expertise so make sure they are certified and with experience. ...Read more