Has anyone ever encountered being pregnant and having a c-section and then later developing lymphedema?
C-section and lymphedema: Has anyone ever encountered... - LSN
I had a c-section with my first and swelled up to three times my size in legs and abdomen. I had to stay 5 days in the hospital but over the next few months I went back to normal. For the pregnancy of my second child I did have some swelling in my right leg, but only in the 7th month (and she was a natural birth).
Six years later my right leg started swelling as well as my groin & abdomen (especially under the csection incision). I saw several specialists and received a variety of diagnoses(including lipoedema which was later ruled out). The latest specialist believes I have primary lymphedema which didn’t appear until later in life.
So, did the c-section propel me along towards lymphedema? Maybe...
Ah - I thought you might live outside the UK (where this site is based).
You could use the Search option on this site (looking glass at top of page) and look for ‘help in USA’ - this will take you to a number of sites on your side of The Pond, where you might find local groups or other sites, to get guidance and advice.
I developed lymphedema and it started out as harden brown spots on my ankles and then wrapped around my ankles then I developed lymphedema. It was after a hysterectomy. I have had every vein test there is because every doctor was sure it had to do with a clogged vein or veins but they found nothing. The ankle problem was diagnosed as lipodermatosclerosis.