Lymphedema examples
 What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an incurable medical condition caused by injury, trauma or congenital defects in the lymphatic system. When the impairment becomes so great that the lymphatic fluid exceeds the lymphatic transport capacity, swelling results as an abnormal amount of protein-rich fluid collects in the tissues of the affected area.

Lymphedema is chronic, painful and a potentially debilitating condition with no currently known cure. Over time, untreated lymphedema results in infection, disfigurement, disability and even death.

But lymphedema can be effectively managed. The recognized standard of treatment for lymphedema is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT). CDT comprises four interacting protocols applied in two phases (acute and ongoing): manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression therapy, lymph drainage exercises, and skin care.

Due to a lack of awareness, information, and understanding, even within the medical community, lymphedema is often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Many insurance companies also do not cover CDT or lymphedema supplies so many people with the condition do not get the proper treatment they need.

Solaris Ready Wraps for Lymphedema
Me wearing my Solaris Ready Wraps
Flexitouch Pump for Lymphedema
Pumping with the Flexitouch

I have Lymphedema in both feet, both legs, pelvis and abdomen. It started in 1993 when I was 24 years old and I went over 22 years without proper treatment. It has been a very long road fighting to keep my mobility (I was in a wheelchair at one time because of it, I now just use a cane). Managing my Lymphedema is an ongoing routine of pumping, massage, exercise and elevation that can take up to six hours each day. The pain and exhaustion sometimes are overwhelming and I do not go out of the house often and still cannot drive. I am very fortunate to have caring family members who assist with my daily living, some people are not as fortunate. As I find it, I will post useful information and links below.

Manual Lymph Drainage
Lymphatic Self-Massage Video
Abdomen and Trunk Drainage Massage Video Pt 1
Abdomen and Trunk Drainage Massage Video Pt 2
Self-Massage of Legs Video
Lower Leg and Ankle Self-Massage Video
Upper Leg Self-Massage Video
Bilateral Arm Self-Massage Video 
Truncal MLD Video

Compression Therapy
How to Bandage Wrap the Lymphedema Leg
Half-leg Compression Bandaging Video
Whole-leg Compression Bandaging Video
Lymphedema Self Wrapping Of The Toes Video
Arm Compression Bandaging Video
Lymphedema Compression Hose Donning Videos

EZ Medical Wraps
Lipedema/Lymphedema Products
Brightlife Direct
Flexitouch Pump

T-Tapp MORE Rehab Program DVD
Vibration Exercise improves lymphatic health
Decongestive and Breathing Exercises for Lymphedema
Exersise and Positioning
The Cow Pillow Foot Dance
Rebounding and LE
Exercising with Active Massage garments
Lower Extremity Home Exercise Video 
Lower Extremity Home Exercise Program Video
Mobility Exercises
Breathing Exercises

Skin Care
Skin Salve Recipe
Dry Skin Brushing Tutorial

Lymphedema Soup Recipe
Herbal Tea for Lymphedema Recipe
Three Day Lymph Cleansing Diet

Research and Articles of Interest
Do's and Don't for Lympedema of the Leg
Selenium for Secondary Lymphedema 
Coping with your Diagnosis 
One molecule may hold the key

Advocacy and Support
Lymphedema Treatment Act
Lymphedema Treatment Act Marketplace 

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