I have had lymphedema from birth but it has got worse as I get older. I had a hip replacement 2 years ago and the swelling on Right leg is much worse now. The left hip is now really painful and I have been accepted for another replacement. Not being so active due to the pain, I have put on some weight which I know doesn't help and am really trying to lose a stone. Does anyone know if I can get strong pain relief that works in patch form? GP only ever offers NSAIDs. I have never been one for tablets as I fear they will cause digestive problems taken on a regular basis. Also I now experience pain in thighs and lower legs. At 70 I still teach part time and do my own gardening but I am miserable with the constant pain. I have compression tights, as other posts have said-they are difficult to get on and off- legs are actually worse. I feel quite useless.