It's not my fault!!!!!!!

Miss_Kitty
on 8/9/11 8:28 am - New Bedford, MA
I started my lymph-edema treatment today, and my therapist is a real witch!!!! (exchange the W with a B) All she kept talking about was for me to exorcise and lose weight and my lymph-edema is due to my weight!!!!
I have gained about 110 lbs since last November, and it certainly is NOT what I am eating. I have digestive problems so I eat mostly soft foods like low fat yogurt, peanut butter and banana sandwiches and Slim Fast. Lately, I have even gained 14 lbs in one week! My primary care doc said it is most definitely due to my lymph-edema swelling out of control. My lymph specialist said it is from what I am eating and not exercising.

She said my weight is crushing my lymphatic system and that is why I have lymph-edema! I lost 120 lbs and had a panniculectomy. Last year, I looked so darn good! Then I started getting migraine headaches and was tried on a couple of meds. The one that worked was Amitriptaline. Problem is, weight gain is a side effect. I cannot take anymore meds for it because I am allergic to most pain meds and others interfere with my blood thinning med. When I lost all that weight, I was thinner all over, except for my legs. I saw my doctor and that was when I was diagnosed with Lymph-edema.

I now have lymph in both of my legs which makes it very uncomfortable to walk, and then started getting it in my arms. My lymph specialist insists that it is not only lymph edema, but fat too, and the fat is making my lymph worse. She keeps brow-beating me that it I need to lose weight, I should have kept losing weight and not stop at 283. (that was my lowest weight in a while. I was over 400 and got sick which is why I lost 120 lbs) She even told me that what happened to me,(getting sick and losing weight) was a good thing! Uh excuse me????!!!!!  No one should stay sick just because they are losing weight as a result! I missed out on Christmas dinner, Thanksgiving, social gatherings. etc. And she has the gall to say that was a GOOD thing!!!!

Plus, she is only going to wrap one leg at a time! So, now I am going to walk around with a thinner leg and a huge one!!! Unfortunately, I have to stick with this @#!$itch  because I am on a really long waiting list anywhere else, and I almost can't fit into clothes anymore due to my lymph.

Sorry for the long post. I am so angry to tears!!!

It is not my fault! Lymph-edema is not my fault!!!!!! 

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? I say, what difference does it make--I paid for a full glass,so either way I am getting jipped!!!

J J the Jet Plane
on 8/11/11 1:35 pm
DS on 08/26/11 with
Find a new therapist.  My first one was a waste of time and money.  When I finally sought out someone else, lymphedema as I know it is much better.  See if you can find another one.
JJ
Miss_Kitty
on 8/13/11 5:48 am, edited 8/13/11 5:48 am - New Bedford, MA
I am definately going to report her verbal abuse to my doctor. I am on a waiting list with another one, and I just wi**** would hurry up. Thanks for your support.

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? I say, what difference does it make--I paid for a full glass,so either way I am getting jipped!!!

goldstar8
on 8/16/11 11:03 pm - WV
This really makes me mad. This is not your fault. NO ONE would ever do this to there self. Please get away from her!!!! She will just keep you upset for no reason. Even if you have to wait for someone else it will be worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shirley
Some succeed because they are destined to,but most succeed because they are DETERMINED to.

Morgie
on 10/21/11 12:47 pm - Battle Creek, MI
Sorry to hear you're not being treated with respect....My husband had Lymphadema and we traveled all over to get help for him....I had to wrap his legs at least twice a day ...he refused to elevate his legs and always sat up in a chair overnight...His doctor called him "non compliant" and gave up on him....He died at 59 and I miss him sooo much....Please shop aroung and get someone to help you....There is a Lymphadema clinic in Traverse City Michigan.   Best wishes with your [email protected]
Stacie M.
on 2/24/12 9:21 am - New Oxford, PA
Please, Please, PLEASE report her! Not only to YOUR Doctor, but to her superiors! Lymphedema is most certainly NOT a result of being "fat" as there are people out there who aren't "fat" and have Lymphedema and there are many out there who are "fat" and DON'T have Lymphedema. My therapist once worked on a baby who had Lymphedema in her ARM!!!!! A BABY!!!!! This is not a well-educated person and this person is likely abusing other people in this manner...... If you lived closer to York, PA, I could give you the name of a WONDERFUL therapist......
    
campingmama
on 2/8/13 1:14 am - IN

I am SO sorry you have to deal with such a jerk! Have you recently started taking new medication? I took Lyrica and gained 40 pounds in a month! I have yet to lose it, but I'm waiting for my WLS date. (Passed pre-op tests, etc) I can't wrap my legs either cuz of my size, so my therapist got me weird wraps I closed up with velcro and wore socks under them so the first layer of velcro would stick to the socks.

After that I graduated to compression stockings. Custom ones, of course. My lymphedema therapist also used some pulse massage therapy. I don't know the name of it, but it gave HUGE relief.

Hope you get a new therapist soon!

 I will care for my body so that I can feel the pleasure of being fit & fully alive as I grow older.                  

            
Miss_Kitty
on 2/8/13 5:44 am - New Bedford, MA

I did see a different therapist after all this. I got my legs wrapped, but the wrapps never stayed on. I was given custom made compression hose as well, which also don't stay up. I have compression boots now that act almost like massaging blood pressure cuffs for my legs. I haven't tried them yet. I hope your doctor puts you on a different med soon. I hate when meds make one gain weight! I have had that happen too. Thanks for responding.

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? I say, what difference does it make--I paid for a full glass,so either way I am getting jipped!!!

campingmama
on 2/8/13 6:50 am - IN

Thanks! I quit the Lyrica long time ago. I just won't do it so I suffer through the aches and stuff. Better than gaining!

have you tried the adhesive stuff for clothing to get them to stick

 I will care for my body so that I can feel the pleasure of being fit & fully alive as I grow older.                  

            
Miss_Kitty
on 2/8/13 7:39 am - New Bedford, MA

My stockings have these rubber-like nubbs that are supposed to keep the stockings from slipping, but they don't work at all. I have never tried the adhesive strips you are talking about. What are these and where can I buy some? Thank you.enlightened 

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full? I say, what difference does it make--I paid for a full glass,so either way I am getting jipped!!!

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