Since I was a teen I have suffered from a condition called lymphedema, Some of you may have or heard of this previously its quite a common condition in elderly people or during pregnancy.
The condition itself is a condition of fluid retention and tissue swelling. The condition can be hereditary, however can be caused by cancer treatments, and by parasitic infections. Though incurable and progressive, a number of treatments can ameliorate symptoms. Tissues with lymphedema are at risk of infection. although it can appear in any part of your body ie: arms, neck, or legs. I have it from above my ankles to my hips, even though i am slim , no matter how much weight I lose I could never lose it from this area, although I am grateful for my bum I wouldn’t mind it being slimmer, But I find my legs the hardest part to deal with. Most people don’t realise how painful it can be it feels like a heavy , tight pain, and because I work in an office it is difficult to control, it is necessary to exercise consistently when you have lymphedema.
What to do to relieve the condition:
- Elevate your legs in the evening or in bed as much as possible , to retrain the fluid to move up towards the heart & prevent pooling.
- exercise a lot ie: walking running everyday trampolining is the best for this condition.
- Drink 2 litres of water per day, I know I even find this hard..ps this does not include your tea intake!!
Although it is annoying and quite painful I do realise I could have a lot worse conditions & I am grateful for this fact.
If you feel like you have similiar issues please feel free to PM me to ask any questions.