Lipedema Symptoms: What To Look Out For
Lipedema Symptoms: What To Look Out For
Many patients with lipedema are not diagnosed until they find themselves in one of the advanced stages of lipedema. Therefore, it is important for sufferers to be familiar with lipedema symptoms and chase a diagnosis, so that the condition can be treated earlier on. But what are the most prominent signs and symptoms of lipedema?
What Are The Symptoms Of Lipedema?
Lipedema symptoms are often confused with overweight, which is why many patients are referred to a dietician for weight loss. Other patients are misdiagnosed with lymphedema, which has a strong connection to the symptoms of lipedema, as the condition occurs in the later stages of lipedema.
Most patients who get an earlier diagnosis are fully informed about lipedema symptoms before their visit to the physician, and they are able to avoid their condition being mistaken for obesity or lymphedema. Of course, this is not the case for every patient. Some have to go through several appointments to finally receive the correct diagnosis.
Despite the problems with the initial diagnosis, lipedema symptoms are quite characteristic. Patients usually suffer from an abnormal accumulation of fat tissue in certain parts of the body.
The accumulation of fat cells happens most often in the lower part of the body, but the upper body should not be ruled out completely, especially in the later stages of the condition. The condition is often characterised by leg swelling, which is symmetrical and disproportionate with the rest of the body.
In addition to an abnormal accumulation of fat, women with lipedema also bruise easily. Bruising will especially show in the areas containing lipedema fat, including the legs, thighs, or upper arms. However, bruising may occur all over the body.
What To Do If Lipedema Symptoms Start To Show?
When the first symptoms of lipedema are showing, it is essential to consult with your health practitioner and chase a diagnosis. Since there is no cure for lipedema, it is essential to seek treatment early on to keep the condition under control and slow down its progress.
There are various treatments that can be implemented for lipedema, which will be explained in a little more detail below.
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How To Treat Lipedema Naturally?
Lipedema has a couple of natural treatments, which can be implemented depending on the stage of lipedema you have.
One of the treatments available for lipedema patients is manual lymphatic drainage. During this treatment, the affected area is massage with the aim of moving fluid to an area that is draining properly. Subsequently, this treatment is used by patients whose lymphatic system is affected by lipedema.
Compression garments can also be used as a natural treatment for lipedema. They can be used to reduce some of the swelling associated with the condition, as well as some of the pain symptoms.
Diet and exercise will also be important parts of your treatment. Some foods need to be avoided when you suffer from lipedema, as certain foods can speed up the progression of the condition. Regular exercise has also shown to have a positive effect on the condition.
Sometimes, treatments can be combined with one another and offered under the name “full decongestive treatment”. It can involve a special diet, specific exercises, the use of compression garments and even manual lymphatic drainage.
If natural treatments are no longer appropriate for the condition, patients can choose tumescent liposuction. During this procedure, the cosmetic surgery can remove fat cells and restore an aesthetic for the extremities that matches the rest of the body. Removing the fat can also have a positive effect on the patient’s overall mobility.
How Fast Does Lipedema Progress?
The progression speed of lipedema can be different for each patient. While researchers do not know the exact cause of the condition, there is some evidence that genetics, lifestyle, and hormonal imbalances can all contribute to the condition.
Lipedema progresses according to different stages. Overall, there are four stages of lipedema, with the fourth stage being the most serious. Each of the stages also has characteristic symptoms, although most patients are not diagnosed until they reach stage three or four.
Patients can slow down the progression of the condition by following the appropriate diet and getting plenty of exercise. Lipedema patients can get additional support for the condition by visiting their regular health practitioner first, who can provide the appropriate referral.
Where To Get Treatments For Lipedema?
There are a number of facilities that provide lipedema treatments, this includes The Dr Lanzer Clinic. Lipedema sufferers can find numerous clinics across Australia, which makes treatment near you quite accessible.
If you want more information about lipedema treatments or have some questions about current treatments available at our clinic, feel free to contact our clinic by telephone. Alternatively, you can also enter your question on the website enquiry form.
Do you wish to make an appointment for lipedema treatment? Feel free to call our team via telephone or the website enquiry form to gain access to the free no-obligation appointment offered by our clinic.
Please note Dr Lanzer always recommends getting a second opinion before having a surgical treatment for lipedema. It is also important to seek an experienced surgeon, who has experience with this kind of treatments. If you have any questions about your treatment before it takes place, always make sure to ask your questions beforehand. By doing so, you are fully informed before having your treatment.