- HEALTH TRACKER
I recently got a scanner and am FINALLY able to put a real before picture of my legs online. I only had a photocopy from the doctors office.
Taken December 2001
I met a guy at my OT''s office who went undiagnosed for 5 years because he's actually thin and when he complained about the swelling/added weight he was told it's nothing to worry about he was just thin to begin with a little extra weight does him good. Can't win either way I guess...
The first time I heard lymphedema was from my GYN, years ago. My WLS was mildly knowledgeable about it, he was at the same hospital (Ohio State Medical) as the doctor who I finally sought out for help with the lymphedema...a vascular surgeon who got me a pump, and suggested MLD from a physical therapist...he NEVER mentioned lipedema...a friend who I met on here and/or a yahoo group had lipedema and of course it sounded like what I had also. When I moved to Miami 5 years ago I saw a lymph specialist Dr. McDonald and he told me first thing...you have lipedema and lymphedema then asked if my WLS had told me surgery would only help me lose weight above the waist...well of course he didn't tell me that...but honestly the weight loss above the waist has at least reduced the pressure on the lymph system...and the LE is better managed....the lipedema...ah well...who knows.