Understanding Lymphatic Vessel Remodeling to Alleviate Secondary Lymphedema

lymphatic systemFascinating New Studies

I am constantly researching the lymph system, lymphedema, and how to serve the community better. I came across this fascinating information about remodeling lymph vessels as a way to combat secondary lymphedema and thought it might be of interest to you as well. Secondary lymphedema, a chronic condition often resulting from cancer treatments, can be challenging. However, the recent advancements in understanding lymphatic vessel remodeling have brought new hope and optimism for alleviating this debilitating condition. Here is a summary of the exciting mechanisms and potential therapeutic approaches that will inspire and uplift those affected by secondary lymphedema. Continue reading

What’s a Fuzzy Wale and How Can It Help With My Swelling?

WhaleFUZZY WALES

In the context of Edema Wear, a Fuzzy Wale refers to the fuzzy part of knitted corduroy cloth. Edema Wear utilizes these Fuzzy Wales, connected by Lycra spandex elastic yarn. This unique construction creates a compression stockinette that compresses just 20% of the skin surface. The non-compressed skin between the wales allows fluid to evaporate and heat to radiate from 80% of the skin surface. Additionally, the non-compressed subcutaneous fat between the wales aids in opening veins and lymphatics to return edema fluid to the heart.

EdemaWear is engineered to move fluid through the perforating vessels to the deep limb muscle veins and lymphatics. Fluid moves into the veins and lymphatics accompanying the arteries supplying the skin. These vessels pass through the fascia of the muscles. Skin gets its blood from and returns venous blood and lymphatic fluid from the adjacent muscle. Thus reducing swelling in that area. Continue reading

Revolutionary Compression Garments to Reduce Swelling

Guest PostRevolutionary Compression Garments to Reduce Swelling

This week, we’re excited to partner with Sue Callison to learn about some revolutionary compression garments that reduce swelling. These Active Wear Garments incorporate a textured fabric, which is truly revolutionary.  Sue will explain the difference between Active Massage and Classic Medical Compression. She is the founder of Solidea U.S. and a breast cancer survivor who developed lymphedema from her treatments. Additionally, Sue has a wealth of knowledge about compression garments and the lymphedema condition. I hope you enjoy this guest blog post about these revolutionary compression garments to reduce swelling. Continue reading

Managing Lymphedema with Ease: A Guide to Sigvaris Chipsleeves

Sigvaris Chipsleeve Full LegSIGVARIS CHIPSLEEVES

Today, I’d like to highlight the Sigvaris Chipsleeves, a comforting and easy-to-use tool for those dealing with chronic lymphedema. Use these sleeves as a bandage liner, making bandaging quick, easy, and effective, or as a nighttime garment. These beautiful garments are a reassuring addition to your toolbox, especially during a flare-up with your lymphedema. They provide:

  • Continual compression therapy for your arm or leg.
  • Gently move lymph while you sleep or rest.
  • Ensuring you feel at ease and comfortable.

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Lymphedema & Your Work Environment

Challenges of LymphedemaWork and Lymphedema

Working with lymphedema can have its own challenges. Some work environments are not lymphedema-friendly and can hinder one’s ability to work. Limited mobility, time-consuming therapy regimens, pain, and psychological stress can all affect job performance. Work can also negatively affect one’s lymphedema, especially if it involves heavy lifting, repetitive movement, or sitting or standing for long periods. Continue reading

Navigating the Complexities of Secondary Lymphedema

Strategies for Management and Care of Secondary LymphedemaUnderstanding lymphedema

Unlike its primary counterpart, secondary lymphedema arises as a complication from another condition or event that damages the lymphatic system. This damage can result from surgical procedures, radiation therapy, infection, or injury, leading to the disruptive flow of the lymphatic system and subsequent swelling, most commonly in the arms and legs. This condition is notably associated with cancer treatments, where lymph nodes are often removed or damaged, particularly in cases involving breast, gynecological, prostate, lymphatic, and skin cancers. Navigating the complexities of secondary lymphedema can be challenging. Continue reading

Understanding and Managing Primary Lymphedema

Primary LymphedemaUnderstanding Lymphedema

Primary lymphedema is a chronic and often misunderstood condition affecting the lymphatic system, an essential part of the body’s immune and circulatory systems. This condition leads to swelling (lymphedema) primarily in the arms and legs due to the improper functioning of the lymph vessels. Unlike secondary lymphedema, which results from damage to the lymphatic system (often due to surgery, radiation, or infection), primary lymphedema is typically a congenital condition, meaning individuals are born with it. However, symptoms may only present later in life, varying significantly from person to person. Understanding and managing primary lymphedema is essential for patients with this chronic condition.
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A Comfortable & Inexpensive Compression Solution

edema wear comfortable inexpensive compressionI CAN’T TOLERATE MY COMPRESSION STOCKINGS

Do you have patients who cannot tolerate compression stockings? Or perhaps you, yourself, cannot handle standard gradient compression stockings. Do the stockings make you feel claustrophobic or trapped? Or do you have skin that may be too sensitive to tolerate a standard compression stocking? Those compression stockings may be too hot and uncomfortable during summer. Perhaps your compression garment is driving you a bit crazy! Have you ever had this experience? Has your patient ever complained to you about their compression in this way? If so, I might have a comfortable and inexpensive compression solution for you and your patients. EdemaWear: a mild compression stockinette with a unique weave called “fuzzy wales” and compression levels ranging from 15-20 mmHg. Continue reading

Embracing Self-Care: Navigating Lymphedema with Grace

Embracing self-careNavigating Lymphedema with Grace

Embarking on the path of acceptance and love for oneself, particularly when navigating the complexities of chronic conditions such as lymphedema and lipedema, is a profound journey. It necessitates a paradigm shift towards self-compassion and meticulous care, which can profoundly enhance emotional and physical health. Herein, we delve into nuanced strategies for developing a more nurturing relationship with your body amidst the challenges these conditions present.
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Innovative Approach to Combat Lymphedema

lymphedema awarenessA Closer Look at ROCK2 Protein Inhibition

Last fall, I came across an article in The Cornell Chronicle about how targeting a protein in the body could reverse the effects of lymphedema. I found this very intriguing and did more research on the subject. I thought you might be interested in learning about it as well. Here is what I discovered about this innovative approach to combat lymphedema. Learning about this research is truly inspiring to me; I hope it is for you as well.  Continue reading