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Edema was posted 02/14/2020 03:15 pm by Lillie
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Swelling in the legs, groin, and maybe lower abdomen is a sign that either the blood system or lymph system is clogged. Lymphedema should not be confused with ascities. Fluid build up in the abdominal cavity due to ascities can be aspirsted. The fluid build up caused by lymphedema is stored in the spaces between the cells of the body. First thing that should be done is to get an ultrasound to rule out clots. If that test comes back clear and there is no abdominal cavity fluid build up and the swelling continues, odds are it is lymphedema - swelling caused by the back up of lymph fluid. Good book on the subject is 'Coping with Lymphedema'.

I had a slow build up that just kept getting worse. My left leg and scrotum were most affected. Lori searched the web on the subject and we found out there are Lymphedema therapists who use a combination of manual lymph drainage massage and comprssion bandaging. Most often, there are MLD massage therapists associated with cancer centers. Lymphedema strikes the victims of breast cancer who have had surgery with a lot of lymph nodes removed. So, your oncologist ought to know someone to whom he refers patients.

I have been seeing a therapist since last Wednesday. My left leg is almost completely back to normal size and my right leg is almost there. My scrotum is almost back to normal size after swelling to the size of a cantaloupe - and I am not kidding. I was skeptical at first, but this has proven to be a godsend therapy.

If you or someone you care for has problems with leg swelling, I highly recommend getting in to see a therapist. The swelling does not just go away; it will only get worse if left untreated and it can lead to some fairly severe problems. I wish I had known about this sooner; I could have saved myself some pain and treatment time if I had acted sooner. *** (This above part was all from Paul Lester

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