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chiropractic care and lymphedema

Posted by @georgiajb in Physical Therapy & Rehab, Jul 13, 2012

I have had lymphedema in one leg since I had uterine cancer surgery 10 years ago. However, I have been very fortunate in having only mild swelling, until now. Now I resemble Big Foot. I'm thinking it's because I started massage therapy and acupuncture in an attempt to get some relief from neuropathy. I also started chriropractic care a couple of weeks ago. I have learned that I should never have done the massage or acupuncture, but I can't find information on the effects of chiropractic care. Does any one have any experience in this? thanks


Posted by @anon77906882, Sep 14, 2012

Dear GeorgiaJB,
I have Lymphedema also and I followed all the manual lymph massage, binding, compression hose, pool therapy, elevating affected limbs, using special Lymphedema lotions, etc..... And thankfully this relieved 90% of the troubles. After receiving all the medical bills for treatment...I thought maybe I will try Alternative Treatments if it "ever comes back.". Two years later the lymphedema came back and I received very very light Chiropractic treatments and acupuncture....and the Lymphedema became worse. Now when I go on Google (and do better research)....I've seen it recommended to never have acupuncture or chiropractic when diagnosed with Lymphedema. I wish I had done better research before trying it. Now I am going for Lymphedema appointments and treatment at Mayo Clinic next week after meeting with their excellent Doctors. I have talked to other Lymphedema sufferers and they have told me that going in the pool every day if possible just to stand and walk around helps their lymphatic system enormously. Also always wearing the compression hose once the affected limb (s) has been treated by manual lymph drainage, etc. I wish I could have been more help to you. I am so sorry you are suffering as you described. Do research on Google and see what is available in your area and what your Medical Insurance will provide for repeat care/treatments. Wishing you all the very best!
Nancy in Nebraska

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