Before and After pics of legs
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
Taken Feb 2003 before WLS-after Manual lymph drainage and compression wraps
Taken Nov. 2007 (pretty much what they look like now)
I must say that I really admire your courage to post those pics. It gives someone like me hope. My legs are really quite bad and I am having a horrible time trying to find treatment. I have made some strides recently but in Canada we are so limited on treatment for the severe lymphedema.
I just wanted to say thanks for putting yourself out there for others to see.
My own LE is extremely mild in comparison to yours... but it took 3 PCPs before a nurse practitioner at the last doc's practice did more than prescribe diuretics for me... even the Venous specialist I saw knew nothing about LE... just said there was no vascular reason for my leg swelling.
Scary sometimes how much the medical profession doesn't know.
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...
BUT, I am concerned as I feel I have an addiction to food and do not want to become disabled. I am still quite active and only 37 so am thinking more and more about weight loss surgery.
Thank you so much for responding to my post....it is difficult to locate info on lipedema much less lipedema and weight loss surgery (was your surgeon familiar with lipedema?). neither my PC physician or my gynecologist had a clue.....
p.s. i hate looking at my legs too.....and i used to have such nice legs even when I was chubby!