Before taking into account the symptoms of lymphedema, it is essential to understand this health ailment that people experience. Lymphedema can be defined as the swelling of the limbs as a result of the non-functioning of the lymphatic system. A condition which is known as primary lymphedema may be inherited due to genetic factors and lineage of the individual. The other type of lymphedema is secondary lymphedema, where the patient may acquire the ailment as a result of an injury or obstruction to the smooth functioning of the lymphatic system.

Although lymphedema symptoms are seen mainly in the arms and legs, the ailment can influence any body part. The obvious sign of the disease is a swelling present in the area. The limb may feel heavy due to fluid accumulation. Lymph fluid may build up in the region of the head and neck; there may be skin discoloration or patches appearing on the affected limb. General first impression that the patient gets is a feeling of fullness in the limb. A cut or an injury to the limb treated for cancer could be a trigger for the swelling. An airplane trip may also be the first instance to prompt a lymphedema attack. Symptoms of lymphedema that you would notice are a sudden tightness in the wrist or ankles, restricting movement. Sometimes, it could be difficult to fit into your clothes or a ring or bracelet you could wear easily is suddenly becoming tight.

Many a times, lymphedema is a side-effect of breast cancer therapy. Women who undergo lumpectomy, mastectomy or the removal of lymph nodes in the armpit are prime candidates for the condition. In such cases, there is a change in the pathway of the lymph fluid, which is the reason for the condition. The symptoms may show up at any time after the operation and the condition may aggravate if not treated in time.

Recent studies state that controlled weight lifting may reduce the incidence of lymphedema for women who have had a mastectomy. Weight lifting may provide protective benefits to the affected arm by boosting the strength in that arm and improving circulation. Generally, an exercise schedule is a part of the lymphedema treatment therapy that is recommended by doctors.

Since treatment for cancer may lead to lymphedema, persons who have been treated for cancer are at a high risk for contracting the condition. Hence, such patients must be vigilant to note any symptoms of lymphedema. Treating the problem at the initial stage arrests the progress of the condition. If the symptoms are ignored, the ramifications can be severe and the damage may be irreversible. A nutritious diet with proper exercise plays an important role in maintaining the health of the lymphedema patient. A skin care routine is also essential. Lymphedema patients should protect themselves from any injury as much as possible to avoid the complications that may arise later. Even though there may not be a cure for lymphedema, it can be controlled with proper care and treatment.


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8 Comments on Early Signs Of Lupus Symptoms

  1. f says:

    questions about lupus / ANA please anwser if you can?
    I JUST GOT MY OTHER RESULTS FROM MY ANA

    my first ANA in oct. was 1:160 also liver functions came up abnormal like sgot/ast 134 sgot/alt 219

    and they reran the test less than a month later and came back 1:80 rhemy said it was neg ( the paper said low positive/borderline ) (also ran sed rate crp and came neg)

    i been having a lot of symptoms ranging from full body joint and muscle pain (entire body )
    insomnia fatiuge sleep paralysis
    forget fullness/daze
    itchy all over no rash
    dry eyes/mouth
    urinating a lot
    restless legs
    mouth /nose bumps/sores
    anxiety depression irritability
    possible butterly rash very light (could be somthing else )
    and more symptoms

    they’ve been going on for about 4 months could this be early signs ?

    could this still be lupus or maybe another autoimmune problem even though rhemy doesn’t think i have it ? can ANA fluctuate like that ?

  2. freckles says:

    could lumps in back be a sign of lymphoma?
    My mom has these lumps in her back kind of under the skin, and she has had them for sometime now. She went to the doctor and one told her it was prob. due to her lupus and one told her it was just tissue build up. She is taking a medical assistant class and her instructor who is a RN told her that she would go have them looked at again for another opinion, because in a recent lung x ray there was some strange dark spot that appeared but no in a place where cancer is normally found, which she said lymphoma can cause strange spots like that to appear. She was being treated for a lung infection. I have read that lymphoma can cause swollen lymph nodes in the neck, groin, armpits and organs like the spleen etc. but haven’t seen anything about the actual back.
    could it be a sign of lymphoma.?

    also she has been told it could be a result of her lupus or even her rheumatoid arthritis could this be it?
    she hasn’t really had much other symptoms the only fever she has had is when she had bronchitis, and hasn’t had one since finishing her antibiotics.but i have also read that in early stages no signs may appear. she has had these lumps for years.

    my grandpa (her father) also has some disease that i don’t recall the name that causes the lumps some are also painful if that helps, my grandma has them to. they are located mostly on the back, they itch and some of them have little to no pain and some of them are quite painful.

    any incite on this would be really helpful she has a doctors appointment in the morning but I cant sleep so was hoping to get some answers.

  3. Matt says:

    Possible Pregnancy?
    I had intercourse with my girlfriend two weeks ago, either later that day or the next day she had her period. Now she is having cramping and nausea and the runs. I am not ready for her to be pregnant but it wouldn’t be the end of the world if she were I just wasn’t planning on it so don’t crucify me. She thinks she could be pregnant but I thought those symptoms wouldn’t show up until after her missed period, it would be less than two weeks into the conception and she would have had to ovulate at an extreme rate in order to get my sperm while it was still alive. I also used the good old pull out method which means pre ejaculation is the only way sperm could have gotten in. I think that the only sign she could see this early would be swelling of the breasts which she did not mention. She also has lupus and was out in the sun all day wednesday so that oculd be it, and she is about two weeks away from her next period so it could be early pms. To me it seems unlikely she is pregnant.
    It was not her first time. Also doctors have disagreed on whether or not she can even get pregnant, Some say it is impossible and some say it still is. She got raped at 16 and was pregnant, the abortion went bad so some doctors say she will not be able to get pregnant others say she can but not as easily.
    Yea I guess if you have a violent sex crime committed against you and you have an auto immune disease you can’t be a parent according to the last clown who answered.

    • mgnysgtcappo says:

      How about being a little bit more careful. First off this girl was raped, had an abortion and also has Lupus??? Try using a condom…you’re definately not ready for parenthood.

  4. PinkRaindeers says:

    Lupus, Narcolepsy, MS? What should I look for?
    30 y/o 5’2″ 115. mixed raced female.

    So 3 years ago around this time I developed bloodshot eyes (no other eye symptoms, no pain either) it lasted for weeks. shortly after that I started to lose movement to my right fingers, then my hand, then within a week my right leg and right arm. I had absolutely no feeling, and never any pain. My arm was like Jello. I was hospitalized for a week. The docs poked with needles and I didn’t feel a thing. I received an MRI the docs found nothing. I was told that they found elevated levels of something (don’t remember) that may indicate Lupus. They also said it could be very early signs of MS.

    Here I am with Bloodshot eyes again expecting the worst. Here are also some other things I can’t make sense of.

    * I’ve been having sleep paralysis (ongoing since 16 yo) I thought it was ghosts, so I didn’t get a referral to a sleep specialist till now.
    * I am always tired, since I was born. I love sleep more than I will every love anyone or money. I can sleep straight through an entire weekend or party.
    * I have a very weak stomach. Almost everything gives me loose stools.
    *I’m constantly confused, disoriented, lightheaded.
    *At times I seem to lose my balance, especially when I’m not looking at the ground, as if I have to focus on my feet and tell it where to go.

    Can you all help me piece this puzzle together? What tests should I take?
    THanks for your answers. I have to add that although I am concerned and curious I have not freaked out about the situation. When I was hospitalized and had lifeless limbs, surprisingly, I didn’t worry at all. Even now, I’m not going crazy over it (most people would) I’m just pissed because I will look like crap this 4th of July. I am more concerned about my loved ones finding out. I haven’t told anyone and when I was hospitalized I told my family I went on a vacation.

  5. Crisen H says:

    Possible Lupus?
    Is lupus a slow progression or does it rapidly develop? I think I may have lupus. After researching, I’ve come to realize that I have several of the symptoms, some I’ve had for years and others developed recently.I’m 25 Symptoms are: Knee pains; started in my early teens,had x-rays but they showed nothing.In the past few years they’ve started giving out and tingling like they’re going to sleep. Next: migraines; started in my later teens, Dr. said they were stress related. I’m tired alot, I get the recommended 7-8 hrs of sleep most nights but I’m still tired. Then there is depression/anxiety:Started having mild anxiety attacks and mild depression in my late teens, again Dr. said it was stress. I also have been getting knots on my legs when I stand for more than 10-20 mins. The knots don’t hurt. This spring I was out in the sun and developed a rash on my exposed skin.First it felt like razor burn, then it became itchy.Never happened before. None on my face however.Normal signs of lupus?
    About the skin rash, it was definitely not a sunburn, I’ve had plenty of those. It was small red bumps. My mother has the same reaction to the sun/tanning bed but her’s is everytime she’s in the sun. Her doctor told her it was just an unexplained reaction to sun rays. Any other suggestions on what the rash could be?

    • hello says:

      Well, those are all the symptoms that I had for APS a sister of Lupus that was dismissed by doctors for years! Migraines were TIAs. Geez, I knew my vision cutting out in one eye wasn’t right.

      I suggest you see a rheumatologist and get tested for both Lupus and APS.

      I am now on Coumadin, Aspirin and Plaquenil and guess what most of my problems including the so called “depression” is gone. Listen to what your body is telling you.

      ETA following your comments: Polymorpic Light Eruptions? Sounds like it is time to see a dermatologist. But tanning beds are high in UV that set off Lupus rashes. Start taking pictures of them for your doctor. And stay out of the tanning bed.

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