1. What is lymphedema?
Lymphedema is a condition in which excess lymphatic fluid collects in the interstitial tissue and causes swelling in specific areas of the body, usually in the arms or legs. Swelling can also occur in other parts of the body, such as the breast or chest wall.
2. What causes Lymphedema?
Lymphedema can develop as a result of cancer, cancer treatment (e.g., surgery, radiation), infection, trauma, scar tissue, or anything that changes, blocks or interrupts the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system. While it is most often associated with breast cancer, lymphedema can result from treatment for other cancers, such as prostate cancer, gynecological cancers, lymphoma and melanoma.
The greater the number of lymph nodes removed, the higher the risk for developing lymphedema. Early diagnosis and treatment for lymphedema is important to help reduce symptoms and prevent the condition from progressing. Untreated lymphedema can lead to decreased function and mobility in the affected limb, skin breakdown, infection and other complications.
3. Lymphedema Prevention and Treatment
With proper care and treatment, lymphedema may be prevented or controlled. Lymphedema treatments vary from person to person, depending on the severity and cause. Treatment may include skin care, manual lymph drainage, gentle massage and light exercises to help stimulate the lymphatic system. You may also use compression bandages, pumps, or garments (e.g., sleeves, stockings) to help prevent additional fluid from accumulating in the tissue. In addition, medications can help reduce inflammation, prevent blood clots, and treat infections. You may also use surgical options for the treatment of lymphedema.
I am a cancer survivor. After the Surgery, Chemo and Radiation, I have developed a severe Lymphedema. After I did a lot of research, visited a few doctors and specialists, I have decided that I do not want to wear a compression bandage as all the doctors recommended. Therefore, I have done the following steps to limit the inflammation to improve the blood flood and improve Lymphatic fluid to flow.
1. Massage everyday 100 counts per each part of my leg, arm upward direction.
2. Exercise at least 1 hour per day to improve the fluid movement to the legs and arms.
3. Less Protein Intake
Since Lymphatic fluid likes Liquid Fat staying under the skin. The damaged lymphatic fluid cannot pump back to the lymphatic system; therefore, the skin becomes thicker & thicker. Reduction of red meat intake is a must. Use TLS Shakes (2 Scoops) With Complete Green (2 Scoops) or Whey Protein Shake (1 Package). You may get them from Global.Shop.Com/Everything4u
4. Eat a lot of Fruit and Vegetables.
7. Drink Isotonix Essential Vitammin, twice per day. Take three capfuls of Isotonix OPC 3, twice per day; 2 capfuls of Isotonix B Complex , twice per day; 1 capful of Isotonix Calcium Plus, twice per day and 1 capful of Isotonix multivitamin ,once per day.
Note: Lymphedema is an inflammation symptom. It can cause kidney damage, infection in lungs and many other part of the body. Therefore, to control inflammation is the key.
9. Drink a lot of Ultimate Aloe Juice. If financially possible, Drink 1-2 bottles of Aloe Juice in Original Flavor Everyday. Ultimate Aloe Juice contains over 200 different vitamins and nutritious with over 20 different Amino Acids.
10. Use 1 capful of Isotonix Vitamin D, twice per day.
11. Take Co Q10, two gel per day.
12. Take Omega 3 Fish Oil 2 gels, twice per day.
13. Take Astaxanthine 1 gel twice per day (may get it from global.shop.com)
14. Take Isotonix Digestives Enzymes at least 3 times per day after each meal. You may use it as many as possible to make sure the food will not stay stomach for so long. Make sure you go to bathroom regularly, at least twice per day.
15. Go to Chinese Store or any grocery store to buy Barley Kernels, Green Beens and Poria to boil soup. Drink hot soup after massage every day. The soup can force your system to release more water from your body.
16. Lift your legs, feet or arms high when you sleep or sit.
17. Wear Compression Bandages
This is the last option. I prefer not to do so if it is possible. The reason is very simple:
Once you put on the bandage, your muscle will not work hard as before; You will not exercise enough to make your body fluid move; your cells
will not be as active as before. The most important, the fluid will push up and accurate around your belly or hip area. If the water can not go out fast enough, eventually you will be out of shape. I would like to activate my cells & move the body fluid by exercise more & massage more. That’s my philosophy.
18. Soak Arms or legs in warm water to stimulate blood flow.