Lymphedema

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Lymphedema

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What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition in which the lymphatic system doesn’t work properly, causing fluid to build up in the body’s tissues. The fluid buildup can occur in almost any part of the body, including the arms, legs, buttocks, abdomen, chest and neck.

The lymphatic system is made up of more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) of thin tubes called lymphatic vessels that run throughout your body.

Lymph is a clear-colored fluid that contains white blood cells. The lymphatic vessels transport this fluid back to your heart from other parts of your body, where it helps fight infection and heal wounds.

When you have lymphedema, something interferes with the normal flow of lymph fluid through these vessels and causes it to accumulate in the wrong places in your body — most often under your skin.

What are the types of Lymphedema?

There are three types of lymphedema:

  1. Primary lymphoedema – this type of lymphoedema is not caused by a disease, but rather by other factors that affect the lymphatic system. It is also known as congenital or hereditary lymphoedema.
  2. Secondary lymphoedema – this type of lymphoedema is caused by an underlying medical condition or injury that damages the lymphatic system and causes fluid to collect in the limbs.
  3. Lymphomatous (lymphomatosis) lymphedema – this type of lymphedema develops in people who have cancer or another condition that affects their immune system, such as HIV/AIDS or multiple myeloma

What are the causes of Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is caused by the blockage of the lymphatic system. This system is responsible for removing excess fluid from tissues and returning it to the bloodstream.

When there is a blockage, fluid builds up in the affected area and causes swelling. There are many different causes of lymphedema including:

1) Surgery/injury

2) Infection

3) Cancer treatment (chemotherapy or radiation therapy)

4) Genetic condition known as familial lymphedema syndrome (FLS).

What are the symptoms of Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition that affects lymphatic vessels, which are responsible for removing waste and other fluids from the body. Lymphedema symptoms may include:

  • Swelling in one or both of your arms or legs
  • Tightness or heaviness of the affected limb, usually worse after a long period of rest
  • A hard or painful feeling in the limb
  • Skin changes, such as discoloration or sores on your skin

What are the risk factors for Lymphedema?

Risk factors for Lymphedema include genetics, aging, and certain medical conditions.

Genetics

The most common risk factor for Lymphedema is a genetic predisposition to the condition. If your family has a history of Lymphedema, there’s a good chance that you might have it too.

Ageing

As you get older, your immune system becomes less effective at fighting off infections and disease. This makes it more likely that you’ll develop Lymphedema if you’re genetically predisposed to it.

Medical Conditions

Certain medical conditions can increase your risk of developing Lymphedema. These include HIV/AIDS, heart failure, kidney failure, diabetes mellitus (sugar in the blood), and liver disease.

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What are the exercises for Lymphedema?

Exercises can help you manage your lymphedema by increasing your muscle strength, improving your balance and flexibility, and helping you feel more confident about your body. Here are some exercises that can help:

Walking

Walking is a great exercise to try when you have lymphedema. You can walk in the park or around the block for 30 minutes each day to stay fit and increase muscle strength. If walking isn’t possible for you, take a short walk every day and try to increase the length of your walk over time.

Swimming

Swimming is another great exercise for lymphedema patients because it works all of your major muscle groups at once. You can also do pool exercises like lifting weights or doing sit-ups in the water, which will help strengthen your core muscles—another area where lymph fluid tends to collect.

Yoga

Yoga is another good activity for people with lymphedema because it helps improve balance, flexibility and posture while reducing stress levels—all things that can make symptoms worse if they aren’t addressed early enough!

What are the treatments for Lymphedema?

There are many treatments for Lymphedema, but it is important to note that no treatment is a cure. Lymphedema can be treated with exercise, massage, and compression garments.

The most common treatment for Lymphedema is to use compression garments like sleeves, gloves, socks, or stockings. These garments help reduce swelling and improve circulation in the affected area.

There are other treatments such as massage therapy and physical therapy that can help reduce swelling and improve circulation in the affected area. In addition to these treatments, certain medications can be used to treat Lymphedema symptoms.

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What brace is used for Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition that causes the body to retain fluids. It can be caused by a cancer treatment like radiation therapy or surgery, which can damage the lymphatic system.

There are many different types of compression sleeves that can help with lymphedema, depending on the severity of your condition.

Some compression sleeves are open in the back and others have elastic panels that allow for easy wear. The sleeves may also have straps for additional support, depending on how far along you are in your recovery process.

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