SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST COMPRESSION FOR LYMPHEDEMA
Have you checked out our Lymphedema Resource Page yet? We want our website to be more than just a place to purchase great compression garments for lymphedema. Specifically, we are creating a go-to place for all things lymphedema, from garments to informational articles to resources for those dealing with lymph disorders
Are you looking for more information, resources, and connections? Under the Lymphedema Blog tab, you will find informative articles to help you better navigate the world of lymphedema. Under the Lymphedema Resource button, you will find connections to fabulous products and people serving the lymphedema community. New to our Resource Page is Lipedema Simplified. This resource gives you community, fellowship, and further education about lipedema.
CATHERINE SEO & LIPEDEMA SIMPLIFIED
Lipedema Simplified is a website created by Catherine Seo to help others deal with lipedema. Catherine struggled with weight issues for nearly 40 years. She could maintain a weight she was satisfied with until perimenopause hit. Although she stuck to a rigorous diet and exercised regularly, she continued to gain weight. After many visits to numerous doctors, she found no precise diagnosis. She had five surgeries over three years; the last one resulted in significant complications. One of these complications was lymphedema. Through her research on lymphedema, she discovered the lipedema condition, and the pieces started to fall into place.
Knowledge became a power for Catherine, and she found her voice. Self-advocacy and determination became her new weapon of choice to gain the help she needed. She also connected with a community of women worldwide who encouraged and supported her. Not wanting others to go through the long and painful journey she did to find help, Catherine created the website Lipedema Simplified, which brings more awareness and support to those dealing with lymphatic disorders, especially those with Lipedema.
COULD I HAVE LIPEDEMA?
Lipedema is a chronic condition that causes fat accumulation, most often in the lower part of the body. However, it can also occur in the upper arms. It is a condition that almost exclusively occurs in women. Lipedema is often confused with obesity and frequently misdiagnosed. Women with lipedema may also suffer easily bruising, touch sensitivity, and pain. In addition, there is often a disproportionate distribution of fat, with a more petite upper body and a larger lower body. Mayo Clinic first reported this disease in 1940, but the condition remains largely misunderstood and underdiagnosed.
The exact cause of this condition is unknown, and it may be that it has many reasons. However, heredity seems to be a significant factor in this disease. A family history of lipedema is often noted in cases of lipedema. Furthermore, potential genes associated with the condition have been recently identified. Female hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy and perimenopause also seem to play a role in this condition.
GETTING A DIAGNOSIS
There is no specific test or tool to diagnose lipedema. Undeniably, this can make getting a proper diagnosis challenging at times. In addition, the lack of awareness in the medical profession and society makes it even more difficult.
Depending on the severity of the disease, your healthcare professional may refer you to a specialized clinic for treatment. Clinics for lymphedema and lipedema have the advantage of being more familiar with the disease and the treatment of the disease.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN MORE?
You are not alone! There is tremendous help and support for those dealing with lipedema. Check out our lymphedema resource page to find the link to Lipedema Simplified. Here you will find a large community of compassionate and supportive people to help. Unfortunately, there is no cure at this time for lipedema. The more you understand and learn about this condition, the better you can advocate for your health and improve the quality of your life.
Disclaimer – This blog is for general information purposes only. Furthermore, the information in this blog is not a substitute for medical advice – always consult a licensed healthcare professional for advice on your specific condition.