Re: Lymphadema

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Posted by Deb Zabloudil on August 08, 2002 at 14:01:28:

In Reply to: Re: Lymphadema posted by Ivan Wills on March 17, 2002 at 12:22:49:

I have had lymphadema since I was 19 and am now 48. The only time it affects my lifestyle is when I don't pay attention to what I'm supposed to do.

Whenever possible - sit with your legs elevated - as high as possible at the end of the day.

Whenever possible - where your Jobst - or other compression stockings - especially when you exercise. It really keeps the swelling down.

Women - don't wear heels - wear comfortable shoes.

Don't let yourself get too hot - excessive internal heat just makes you swell more and feel more miserable.

Swim - exercising in the water feels great - and you don't feel as swollen!

Bike ride - the pumping action is pretty good!

Find a doctor who can prescribe treatment with a physical therapist. Have the swelling pumped out of your leg - get measured for a compression stocking - wear the compression stocking - don't stop moving around or exercising. In the evening - when no one is looking if you are self-conscious - raise your legs way above your heart and let the swelling of the day drain. I actually lay backwards on a recliner on bad days - that way I can elevate it at whatever height I need.

Don't stand in one place too long - move!!

Don't sit too long -- move!!

There are massage therapist who specialize in lymphatic draining (there's a special name to the technique I can't remember right now). It also helps alot!


I hope this helps.

: I have had lymphadema for 3 years now.I will be 29 this year.I have it in my right leg,it's large & painful!.
: Does anyone know exactly how it starts?.
: It is hard to cope with it especially being so young,Thankfully it is only one leg.
: Anyone wants to talk e-mail me or we can find a chat room on MSN's sight or if anyone has Window's messenger or chat with AOL.
: Let me know.Talking together might make it easier to cope

: Yours Truly,Ivan

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