Lymphedema will generally occur in the part of the body that is “drained” by lymph nodes for that specific area. If you had lymph nodes removed under your arm (axillary lymph nodes), it's possible you may develop lymphedema in your chest, back, or arm on that same side. The condition usually starts to present at the farthest part of the limb such as the hand or ankle, however, you should monitor all risk areas. Early treatment is important to minimise the symptoms and improve the outcome.
Many conditions share the same symptoms and some symptoms are very subtle so it is easily misdiagnosed or "fobbed" off by doctors or therapists without exposure or experience when treating lymphedema sufferers.
Symptoms of lymphedema can be intermittent and can include :
If you may have experienced any of these symptoms or think you may have lymphedema and are yet to be diagnosed, please contact a therapist near you or alternatively contact RianCorp with any additional questions you may have.
Lyphedema patient below. Presented with slight swelling on the right side:
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