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Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema

Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that causes swelling in the body’s tissue – most often in the arms and the legs, though it can also affect the rest of the body. It is caused by disruption to the lymphatic system, a network of ducts that help fight infections in the body and drains away excess fluid. It can be inherited, but can also be brought on by treatments for cancer, radiotherapy, inflammation and certain cardiovascular diseases. Treatment is complicated, and can involve manually draining the affected area by means of massage or bandaging, but recently there has been a breakthrough in surgical treatments for the condition, utilising liposuction to remove excess fat and reduce the swelling. Though this treatment is still unproven in the long-term, it has been cleared for NHS use.

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I have a lump on my head, it's not painful but it gets bigger, and the doctor said is a lymph. What could be?





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My mum is 72 and the swelling in her legs from the knees is not a joke now!! What can she do to help.she has the socks etc. Drinks water and has been to the doctors but they don't want to know! I hope you can help. Please





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I am 26 year old and suffer from lymphoedem in both legs for almost 13 years now. I live in South Africa and have been told by several expects that my condition has no treatment or cure. I have tried using medical stockings but still the swelling wont go down, I struggle t find a shoe size at shops and do not wear knee length skirts or dresses because i am embarrassed. I need help lease help





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I have had lymphoedema in my lower legs and in both feet for about 12 years now which started when I was 6 years old. My feet are sometimes very painful and if I ever go abroad to a hot country my feet and legs are extremely painful and swollen and also sweat really badly. I have tried everything I can find such as bandages, acupuncture, massages,seperation socks, circulation pads & magnets and much more to help keep the fluid down. However I can never find anything that keeps the fluid down for more than a few hours. I really have no idea what to do about it anymore ... I really need help.





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Hi, I am 16 and yesterday my little toe on my right foot started hurting me a lot . It is quite swollen and on the back of it, you can find a lump which is quite red and very very painful. I can't walk properly . My second toe is also very swollen. Do I need to see a doctor ? Please help me I am desperate !





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I suffer from a few health problems but the worst right now is all over body swelling with fluid.it happened pretty suddenly when I got both.. two under the skin holes in my stomach and a fistula that wouldn't heal.now I swell all over so badly it crushes my bladder, I can hardly walk and it's begin to feel like it's crushing my heart. I sleep upwards of 20 hrs a day, exercise or even just being upright and going about my normal day makes it worse. Sometimes I "decompress" which means non stop bathroom visits but with each passing yr. I am more and more tired and haven't been able to wear normal clothing in all this time.my body changes sizes so rapidly I have to wear many sizes of clothing. I'm so humiliated I rarely leave the house, but so exhausted it doesn't matter to me anymore.





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I am 63 years old,female,retired.I have Lymphoedema in both legs.The doctor said that my lymph nodes were damaged after a stroke (which I had 13 years ago)Got a shock at the clinic.The nurse said they were so bad,I was one step away from having to have them bandaged and needing a carer.I now have to wear two layers of compression stocking,the strongest you can get.Keeping them on night and day.I also have chronic degenerative disease of the spine,and walking is difficult anyway.My question is should I try and rest and keep my legs elevated on a stool as much as possible,or try to move around more.Thank you





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I'm really worried, I found a lump that moves around a lot on my collar bone near my shoulder sometimes you can find sometimes you can't. I forgot about it until I hurt my neck but then poking about I found it again so I went to the Drs she's ordered an ultrasound asap i'm going next week and now I've got myself really scared thinking it's cancer





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I have been on holiday and both my feet and ankles have swollen up and they hurt all the time. I have been back two days and they are still swollen.





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I have a swollen ankle as a result of bad work caused by a vascular surgeon when he removed my varicose veins . It is so embarrassing when I go to weddings etc and want to wear a dress.He removed nerves and as far as I know nothing can be done .can anyone help. I went to see another surgeon (all privately and he sais sceleratherapy may help but no guarantee.





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Lymphoedema is a chronic condition that causes swelling in your body's tissue. Typically, either the arms or legs are affected, though, in some cases, there may be swelling in the chest, head or genitals. This can lead to pain and loss of mobility. Read More »

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