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What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is the abnormal accumulation of protein rich fluid in a limb. Untreated vein disease is the leading cause of lower leg lymphedema. Unfortunately, the longer untreated vein disease persists, the worse lymphedema becomes. Often times, the damage to the lymphatic system can be irreversible leading to life long swelling. Proper evaluation and treatment is crucial to long-term lymphedema management.

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Signs:

  • Swelling in feet, ankles, and toes

  • Swelling in your legs at the end of the day

  • Thickening or drying of the skin

  • Feelings of heaviness or difficulty walking

  • Cellulitis or lower leg wounds

Risk Factors:

  • Hereditary

  • Obesity

  • Undiagnosed Vein Disease

  • Surgery

  • Total knee or hip replacements

  • Cancer Treatment

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Unlocking the mystery of lymphedema

It's the abnormal buildup of protein-rich fluid caused by lymphatic system issues. Whether born with it or developing it post-surgery or infection, there's hope. Early stages respond to non-surgical approaches like medication and a healthy diet, while advanced cases may benefit from treatment. Learn more about managing lymphedema on our journey to wellness.

What is Lipedema?

Lipedema is an inherited loose connective tissue disorder. It happens in roughly 10% of the female population with varying degrees of severity. It causes the adipose (fat) tissue from the ankle to the hips to become larger and abnormally shaped, resulting in larger appearing legs above the ankles. Lipedema also causes the veins and lymphatics to ‘stretch’ easier, causing vein disease and chronic lymphedema. If caught early, lipedema can be successfully managed.

Signs:

  • Puffy, fatty tissue from ankle to hips

  • Normal looking feet

  • Sensitivity to touch and pressure

  • Flexible joints

  • Feelings of heaviness or difficulty walking

  • Inability to lose weight in legs, even after diet and exercise

  • “Cankles” or loss of normal boney contours

Risk Factors:

  • Female

  • Genetics/ Family History

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Symptoms of Lipedema and Lymphedema? Pump Up Your Veins: 2 Tricks To Drive Blood To Your Heart!

Ever wondered how to bring blood back up to your heart to help with leg swelling, prevent blood clots and edemas, and ward off lipedema and lymphedema? Dr. John Hogg explains the key: one-way valves and movement. Compression stockings help, but it's the leg movement that really cranks the engine, ensuring old blood is pushed out for optimal circulation to prevent deep vein thrombosis, swelling, adverse affects of lipedema and lymphedema.

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