For the past 5 years I have suffered extreme swelling of the foot/ankle and leg left side (also on right but not as bad). It is always worse in the heat of summer but now even in Winter the swelling is still present. My toes go white and look like chipolatas, the swelling domes over top of foot and ankles swell to 3 times normal size with fluid trapped right up to my knee to more than double normal size. The skin is bumpy now, red and purple, and the tissue above ankle is extremely painful, sore and throbs all the time. I have gained weight because I cannot get around and also get recurrent sciatica (this bout 6 months now) which tears through the sore tissue. I have generalised arthritis which makes sitting and standing etc difficult. The first GP I saw said I should have compression stockings but the Practice Nurse would not even measure me for them as she said she could not possibly recommend them in my case. I live alone with no family around me so would have had awful difficulty putting them on anyway. After seeing another male GP for a second opinion the surgery washed their hands of me and said I just had to lie with my feet above my heart every evening from 6pm to drain my own legs. Surely there is something out there to help me? After doing my own research and finding this website I feel that I have Lymphoedema but how do I get my Surgery on board with this? Any helpful comments would be most appreciated.