Lymphedema & Work [12 Tips to Improve Your Work Environment!]

lymphedema and workLymphedema & Work [12 Tips to Improve Your Work Environment!]

Working with lymphedema can have challenges of its own. Some work environments are not lymphedema-friendly. Furthermore, they can have a negative effect on your ability to work. Limited mobility, time-consuming therapy regimens, pain and psychological stress can all affect job performance. Work can also play a negative effect on your lymphedema, especially if it involves heavy lifting, repetitive movement, sitting or standing for long periods of time. Continue reading

Head & Neck Lymphedema

lymph nodes head and neckHEAD & NECK LYMPHEDEMA

Swelling in the head and neck is often a side effect of cancer treatments in this area, such as thyroid cancer, soft tissue sarcoma or others. Some studies claim as high as 75.3% of head and neck cancer patients will suffer some lymphedema as a result of treatments. Lymphedema is a chronic swelling that can result from damage to the lymphatic system in this area. Furthermore, interference with the flow of lymphatic fluid can build up lymphatic fluid. This is commonly seen in the neck and under the chin, however it can also occur in the face and inside the mouth and throat.

Head and neck lymphedema can cause difficulty with breathing, speaking, neck mobility and swallowing. In particular, it can alter one’s appearance which can be quite distressing. Continue reading