Moderate Lymphedema

Moderate Lymphedema

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Moderate Lymphedema

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What is Moderate Lymphedema?

Moderate lymphedema is a condition that causes your lymphatic system to become blocked and prevent it from carrying away excess fluid, which can cause swelling in the affected body part. It can be caused by an injury, surgery, or other medical conditions.

The best way to manage moderate lymphedema is through compression therapy. Compression therapy involves wearing garments or wraps to help reduce swelling and improve the circulation of blood and lymph fluid through your body.

What are the types of Moderate Lymphedema?

There are two types of Moderate Lymphedema:

Primary Lymphedema

This type of moderate lymphedema occurs in people who have never had a cancer diagnosis or treatment. The swelling is caused by an accumulation of fluid that is trapped in the lymphatic system, which can be caused by a blockage or injury to the lymph nodes and vessels.

Secondary Lymphedema

This type of moderate lymphedema occurs in people who have had a cancer diagnosis or treatment. The swelling is caused by damaged lymph nodes and vessels, which can lead to damage in other parts of your body including the lymph vessels.

What are the causes of Moderate Lymphedema?

Moderate lymphedema is caused by the accumulation of lymph fluid in the legs, arms, or other areas of your body. This is usually due to damage or injury to the lymphatic system.

The lymphatic system is a group of vessels that transports fluid throughout your body. This fluid contains white blood cells and waste products from your tissues. The vessel walls are similar to blood vessels; they contain muscle that helps move the fluid through the system.

Lymph nodes are located along the way and filter out foreign particles such as bacteria and viruses. They also produce antibodies that fight infections. When lymph nodes become damaged or enlarged, they can block the flow of lymph fluid from reaching its final destination in your body’s tissues where it is needed most (like when you exercise).

Your risk for developing lymphedema increases if you have experienced one or more types of traumas to your body such as:

  • Car accident (especially if a seatbelt wasn’t worn)
  • Tumor removal surgery on chest wall/abdomen/pelvis/legs/arms/feet/hands with the removal of nodes within these areas
  • Burns over large areas (chest wall, abdomen, thighs) leading to skin grafting and subsequent scarring

What are the symptoms of Moderate Lymphedema?

Moderate Lymphedema is a condition that causes swelling in the arms and legs, which can make it hard to move. It’s caused by a build-up of lymph fluid in the body.

Symptoms include:

  • Swelling, usually around the ankles and wrists, but sometimes also around the neck, elbows, fingers and toes
  • Tight clothing that’s hard to get on or off
  • Aches, pain or fatigue in the affected area

What are the risk factors for Moderate Lymphedema?

The most significant risk factor for moderate lymphedema is having had cancer at some point. This includes people who have had breast cancer, melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, or prostate cancer.

The reason why this type of cancer increases your chances of developing moderate lymphedema is that treatments such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy can damage the lymphatic system and cause it to malfunction.

Other risk factors include:

  • Injury or infection in the area of the involved lymph nodes
  • Lymph node removal in the affected area

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What are the treatments for Moderate Lymphedema?

There are many different treatments for moderate lymphedema, including:

Exercise

Increasing circulation and lymph flow through exercise can help relieve symptoms of moderate lymphedema.

The goal of the exercise is not to get rid of all the excess fluid but rather to increase circulation and lymph flow so that waste products can be removed from your body more efficiently.

Compression Stockings

Compression stockings are another treatment for moderate lymphedema.

They help reduce swelling by applying pressure on the affected area, which improves blood circulation and helps remove excess fluid from your body.

Antibiotics

Some cases of moderate lymphedema are caused by bacteria or other infections in your lymph nodes that cause them to swell up and block normal drainage channels through which bodily fluids travel back up into your bloodstream after being filtered out by your kidneys and liver.

Antibiotics can help treat these infections so they don’t continue to grow larger and cause problems down the road.”

What are the exercises for Moderate Lymphedema?

If you have Moderate Lymphedema, there are some exercises that can help reduce swelling and improve blood flow in the affected area. These exercises should be done three times a week for 30 minutes each time.

Warm-Up – Start with five minutes of walking or jogging.

Workout – Work out for 15 minutes on an elliptical machine or by walking around the block at a brisk pace (about 3 miles per hour).

Cool Down – Finish off with five minutes of walking or jogging followed by stretching motions for each muscle group worked during the workout session such as biceps curls, triceps extensions, quadriceps/hamstring stretches (for lower body), chest presses/lateral raises/front raises (for upper body), etc.).

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What brace is used for Moderate Lymphedema?

The best treatment for moderate lymphedema is wearing compression stockings. Compression stockings are close-fitting garments made from elastic and nylon materials that help prevent fluid from accumulating in the tissues of your limbs.

They’re available in different strengths, ranging from mild (20-30 mmHg) to extra firm (40-60 mmHg).

You should wear compression stockings as much as possible during the day and when you’re sleeping at night. You may need to wear them constantly for several months before you notice any improvement in your symptoms.

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