Watching My 600 pound life- lymphedema

Laura in Texas
on 7/8/19 10:26 am
RNY on 09/17/08 with

I will admit I am obsessed with My 600 pound life. The one thing that sticks out to me is that most people have lymphedema. I guess I did not realize how often it is associated with obesity. THIS article states:

Patients at risk for obesity-induced lymphedema should be counseled that they need to seek weight-loss interventions before their BMI reaches 50, a threshold where irreversible lower extremity lymphedema may occur.

Wow. My highest BMI was 53. I am so thankful I did not develop lymphedema. I think more people need to know about this risk.

Laura in Texas

53 years old; 5'7" tall; HW: 339 (BMI=53); GW: 140 CW: 167 (BMI=26)

RNY: 09-17-08 Dr. Garth Davis

brachioplasty: 12-18-09 Dr. Wainwright; lbl/bl: 06-28-11 Dr. LoMonaco

"If what you're doing doesn't work, change what you're doing - don't complain that it doesn't work."

Gina 17 Yrs and Still

on 7/8/19 12:55 pm - Burleson , TX

Very interesting article. The lady's legs LOOK smaller, but I guess, health wise, they are NOT in any better shape. They look terribly painful - especially the ankle regions

RNY 4-22-02... HAG=Honest And Genuine

LW: 6lb,10 oz SW:340lb GW:170lb CW:160

I learn something new, EVERY day, from SOME body

on 7/13/19 7:26 pm, edited 7/13/19 2:16 pm - Garland, TX

Mercifully, for some reason, Gina, LE swelling does NOT usually cause pain. Else we LEers would probably be constantly wailing, moaning and/or screaming. If anything, the swollen tissues are somewhat numbed by the excess of lymphatic fluid present in them. When the swelling has reduced down, e.g. through pumps, compression wraps or drainage massage treatment, the numbness disappears and we have normal feeling again in those tissues. Go figure. As to the system not being improved, that's correct. The damage to the lymphatic system remains and is permanent, even following major weight loss.

Frank talk about the DS / "All I ever wanted to be was thin, like that Rolling Stones dude ... " 

 HW/461  LW/251 GW187 CW/315 (yep, a DS semi-failure - it happens  :-(    )

Liz J.
on 7/8/19 1:16 pm - Saint Louis, MO
DS on 11/29/16

I feel like I dodged a big bullet! My BMI was over 65 for a long time...

HW: 398.8 SW:356 GW: 175 CW:147

on 7/8/19 1:50 pm
RNY on 05/03/18

Thank you for sharing that article, my highest BMI was 43, but I had no idea how close I was to the threshold. I always thought of lymphedema as something that only affected 500 or 600 pound individuals, but people should know that you can easily develop it at 300 or 400 pounds! Additionally, people who are * just * in the 200's also develop serious health issues (let's talk about back and joint pain, shall we?). Our perception of what is an acceptable weight is way off.

25 years old - 5'5" tall - HW: 260 - SW: 255 - CW: 132.0

Pre Op - 5.0, M1 - 25.6, M2 - 15.6, M3 - 14.0, M4 - 13.4, M5 - 10.8, M6 - 13.8, M7 - 9.8, M8 - 7.8, M9 - 2.8, M10-2.4, M11-0, M12-7

Lower Body Lift with Dr. Carmina Cardenas - 5/3/19

H.A.L.A B.
on 7/9/19 9:00 am

I wonder if the lack of mobility plus genetics is a factor that is bigger than just plain obesity?

Watching some people who were rather bi, but who were still moving around, doing something, walking, bending, etc, decreased their chances of getting lymphedema. Sure it looked that way.

Some people reported gaining a lot of weight after having am accident and became immobile. Lymphedema - stagnation of lymph liquids. That seams to contribute to the condition. No?

Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG

"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"

"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."

on 7/9/19 12:14 pm
RNY on 05/03/18

Oh I 100% think so. If you compare the mobile vs immobile patients on My 600 Pound Life, it is crazy. Even when someone may weigh less than others, if that person is immobile, they always seem to have a lower quality of life and more severe health issues. I think that also leads credence to Dr. Now and how he always talks about "If XXXXXX gains more weight, they will soon become immobile and their health will deteriorate rapidly." Immobility in a lot of cases makes the situations dire I think.

25 years old - 5'5" tall - HW: 260 - SW: 255 - CW: 132.0

Pre Op - 5.0, M1 - 25.6, M2 - 15.6, M3 - 14.0, M4 - 13.4, M5 - 10.8, M6 - 13.8, M7 - 9.8, M8 - 7.8, M9 - 2.8, M10-2.4, M11-0, M12-7

Lower Body Lift with Dr. Carmina Cardenas - 5/3/19

on 7/15/19 5:04 am

i totally agree with you. my lymphedema didn't start until i had a car wreck 12 yrs ago and had to have 7 hip surgeries. i was obese then but being immobile just made it harder to get the weight off. 10 months ago i had a real understanding surgeon that was willing to do the RNY even though i was in a wheel chair. so far i have lost 150 lbs. i mean for me i have tons more freedom, can get out alot more, use a walker etc now.

Sharon SW-267
GW-165 CW-167 S.

on 7/18/19 4:58 am - PA
RNY on 12/22/14

Congratulations on your progress. It gets better.


Sharon SW-267
GW-165 CW-167 S.

on 7/15/19 4:09 am - PA
RNY on 12/22/14

Loved your: "Our perception of what is an acceptable weight is way off."

That is a kind way to say "We were f&*#ing blind to the damage excess weight was inflicting on our bodies."


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