I am scared to go to the doctor- but the symptoms fit.

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I am scared to go to the doctor- but the symptoms fit.

Postby aep » Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:53 pm

I am scared to go to the doctor for a diagnosis, but the symptoms fit. I am 44 and have slight swelling, redness, heaviness, and slight pitting below the knees. My mother has hereditary lympedema (guessing- because her doctors are uninformed) compiled with secondary lymphedema caused by a complete hysterectomy and removal of many lymph nodes. She has the severe swelling, leather-like discolored skin, weeping sores, and has been dropped by home health care because she is seeking treatment outside the home. We are both obese. I am hoping to reduce some symptoms by losing weight- If anyone has any input, please e-mail.
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Postby Daisy » Wed Feb 14, 2007 9:11 am

Go to the doctor! If you don't go, your condition will not go away (oh wouldn't that be nice :wink: ) and it could get worse. Honestly, your condition is probably far worse nagging at you than in real life (I'm not saying it's in your head because it's not...but the fear is worse than the real diagnosis).

Be prepared when you go in - have a list of your symptoms, w/ dates if possible. Explain about your mom. Ask outright if it could be lymphedema.

There are things you can do to avoid getting as bad as your mom's condition. And it's much easier to take the time daily, than to be incapacitated and have lots of time to think about how you wish you had taken the time. (As Warren Buffet said " It's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble').

So go! Post back here and let us know. - Daisy
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Postby silkie » Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:54 pm

Hi AEP welcome

Don't be scared hun If you have lymph the sooner you learn how to help your condition the better. We have another support grp just recently had a lady really concerned that she to had lymph
read a lot came and asked advice finally went to the doctors
She doesn't it is another complaint that can be helped with medication but all those months of worry and fear could have been avoided

Go hun theo worse is then can tell you your suspisions are right then you can get on with learning how best to help your self
or if its something else then you will know what your dealing with

but imagining is doing nothing but worrying you so go and see someone hun it will be a lot easier to deal with and a lot less worrying when you know how to help yourself


let us know how you get on please and good luck
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