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Lymphedema

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Comment from: Jennifer, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 14

I was born with lymphedema. It wasn't till I was hospitalized after my second child at the age of 29 that the doctor discovered I had lymphedema. My lower legs (calves) and feet are always swollen. I try wearing TED (thrombo-embolic deterrent) hose to help with the swelling but it makes my legs hurt. I also have tried physical therapy, where they do measurements of your swollen legs. Then they wrapped my legs in a bunch of Ace bandages really firm and tight. They made me keep that on day and night for a couple days. Then they'd unwrap me at next appointment to redo measurements to see if the swelling went down. And it worked wonders!

Medically reviewed by John A. Daller, MD; American Board of Surgery with subspecialty certification in surgical critical care

REFERENCES:

eMedicine.com. "Filariasis."
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1109642-overview>

eMedicine.com. "Lymphedema."
<http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/191350-overview>

The National Lymphedema Network
<http://www.lymphnet.org/>

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