• Lymphedema Side Affect

    Asked by BeckyTice on Tuesday, September 26, 2017

    Lymphedema Side Affect

    My foot's been swollen.... it started in the late 70's but lately it's gotten worse. I think it's lymphedema... my PCP is working on a diagnosis. Anyway... my question is this... is there a database somewhere that can help me get that diagnosis based on my medical history? Why can't the doctors do data comparisons instead of medical exams. I mean I would still need some medical exams but some might be avoided saving money, time, and in some cases torture. My foot is swollen. Is it possible that my swollen foot is associated with a surgery I had years ago? Did other people who have this surgery eventually get a swollen foot? If so, are there any more similarities? I know they are doing studies.... but why can't it be used to diagnose?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • alivenwell's Avatar

      Keep you feet elevated. If possible, try some walking. I saw somebody require Lasex after chemo.

      10 months ago
    • BeckyTice's Avatar

      I'm retired, so I keep my feet elevated. I also walk a mile or exercise vigorously at least 15 minutes a day. I don't sit in front of the TV anymore... I stand, walk in place, or do small foot kicks while watching TV. I do sit and enjoy but I don't just sit there anymore.... I do exercises while sitting from time to time too. It does help... but I need a diagnosis and a plan.

      There are so many of us... there must be a PATTERN that will lead doctors to a diagnosis and corresponding workable plan,

      I'm frustrated....

      10 months ago
    • Skyemberr's Avatar

      Yes there is a pattern of having nodes removed and getting paonful lymphedema in the foot and legs. I don't understand why your doctor doesn't have computerised records at this point!

      I had 4 removed, and am checked for swelling everytime I'm seen. I dont understand why they aren't helping you more!

      10 months ago

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