Lymphedema is a notoriously debilitating progressive condition with no known cure. The unfortunate patient faces a lifelong struggle of medical, and sometimes surgical, treatment fraught with potentially lethal complications.
The underlying problem is lymphatic dysfunction, resulting in an abnormal accumulation of interstitial fluid containing high molecular weight proteins. This condition underscores the tremendous importance of a normally functioning lymphatic system, which returns proteins, lipids, and accompanying water from the interstitium to the venous circulation near the subclavian vein–internal jugular vein junction
This is what I have, lymphedma... so far have lived with this for about 4 years now.. didnt know what it really was till abut 2 years ago.. four years ago i was told to take water pills.. the doc back then just thinking it was water, and now knowing this is bad for me now.. makes me wonder if doc's really ever listen to a patient about what you have really even care for that matter.. when i had one tell me i should wear socks and my feet would not look this way ... when i finally found out what this was, was from the lady who was going to measure my legs for stockings, and even she told me that first i would need to go to a person and get lumph manual massage.. to help the drainage and to wrap my legs everyday.. I thank these people alot... for helping me and getting me in the right direction for helping me to take care of my legs and my health..