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Living well

Living well

Living with lymphedema

It's quite realistic to think of living well with lymphedema.

Generally speaking, during the first 2 years of the disease, the body works hard to adapt. After that, with a healthy lifestyle and ongoing self-management, it can become easier to live with lymphedema.

Here are some of the questions that people waiting for a lymphedema diagnosis or who have been living with the disease for some time ask themselves.

You must consult a physician to obtain a confirmed diagnosis of lymphedema. This diagnosis is essential to ensure the appropriateness of treatments, of course, but also to enable you to benefit from the RAMQ assistance program for compression garments. The physician consulted may be your family doctor, a specialist in dermatology, venous health, obesity, endocrinology, oncology, physiatry, geriatrics, or other.

Chronicles and advice

Let’s look at some examples of adapting to life with lymphedema....
For all lymphoedemas: avoid prolonged exposure to high heat, such as in saunas, whirlpool baths and overheated training rooms. As far as possible, avoid staying...
A good way to monitor your at-risk limb(s) is to take measurements once a month, or before starting any new exercise program....