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Old 02-26-2013, 06:19 AM   #1
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Lymphedema or other form of edema? Help?

Hi all, don't really know where to start so I'll go with the basics...
I haven't been diagnosed yet, trying to arrange a specialist appt, but I'm fairly sure I have lymphedema or something similar
I have always had 'big legs' and so do most of the women on my mother's side
I've always been self conscious about my weight, especially my legs, so have always tried to maintain a healthy diet and regular exercise
I weigh 55kg at 162cm so am by no means overweight, and the top half of my body is quite lean and feels toned
However my legs are still as big as they used to be no matter how much i try to budge the excess 'weight' from them
To the touch they feel like there is a large layer of fluid or really soft fat on them and they have hardly any 'shape', honestly they kind of look like tree trunks
Will also note that the 'swelling' does not appear on my feet, but my ankles and knees look 'buldgey'

Looking for any opinions at the moment that could help out

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Ally

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Old 02-26-2013, 06:25 AM   #2
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Re: Lymphedema or other form of edema? Help?

Also thought I would add as may be useful but I really have no idea... The glands in my neck/ throat are are calcified and have been for quite a few years, but doctor never gave me any suggestion as to why. Not sure if it may be linked

 
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Re: Lymphedema or other form of edema? Help?

My guess is the neck gland situation is from chronic inefction in the throat or tonsils and probably unrelated to legs. To figure out if your legs have swelling. in the evening, take an ankle and calf circumference measurement on both, then lie down for 2 hrs with legs/feet elevated above chest level. Then take another measurement to compare to the one before. If the meausrement is about the same, there is little/no fluid. If there is a big difference, like more than 2 cm, you have fluid. It would be unusual for fluid to affect legs and not feet, so you may just have thick legs based on genetics. If it is swelling, a Dr consult is needed to find out why.

 
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