I have secondary lymphoedema in my left leg .... resulting from damage caused by a cycling accident some years ago.
It does not result in an enormous build-up, but the problem progresses slowly. I find a wrap very useful along with lots of leg elevation and some MLD .... self-administered.
I was first prescribed one (wrap) following a (very) infrequent visit to my local lymphoedema clinic.
A follow-up was prescribed by my local GP's surgery over a year later. Now I need another. The surgery nurse insisted upon a doppla before prescribing. The appointment for this was late afternoon. My leg had naturally built up and, subsequently, with no reading available in it she refused to prescribe.
Earlier in my appointment I had asked her advice about an expensive Lymphatic Drainage machine I was considering purchasing. She told me that I would need get that advice from the Specialist Lymphatic Clinic.
I told her that that clinic (and appointments are virtually impossible nowadays in any case) had previously prescribed a wrap without need for a Doppler. She stumbled a bit about the contradiction, but still refused me a wrap.
I am now considering buying a wrap off my own back. Can anybody advise me why this might be inadvisable? I had, by then, lost faith in the surgery nurse who just seemed to prove the point that the medical profession as a whole are somewhat dismissive and ignorant when it comes to our condition.