Today I’m without bandaging after four weeks of it on my right leg which has been steadily swelling for the last 18 months. I have had lymphoedema in both legs for ten years following cancer treatment but 18 months ago the right leg started getting worse. In that time I have gone up to class 2 circular-knit tights plus a class 1 stocking, had a lot of LymphAssist, and did SLD morning and night. Before the right leg got worse I had been running 30-40 minutes for three times a week but stopped because I felt it was making it worse and was painful. I still walked a bit but not so much, again because it seemed to be worse. If the swelling had gone down after activity I wouldn’t have been bothered but this was against a background of it slowly but surely increasing in size, regardless of what was being done.
I was so pleased when the NHS clinic offered me a month of bandaging twice a week with Lymph Assist plus flat knit tights as this seemed the only treatment I hadn’t tried. Today the bandages are off and although my ankle and thigh are a little better my calf and knee are no better, in fact my knee if anything seems bigger.
I’m obviously very disappointed as I really believed this would help. All I can hope for is that the flat knit tights might at least stop the leg from getting any bigger. I have to wear them 23 hours a day for the next two months! Does anyone know why the bandaging wasn’t more successful? Might the flat knit tights stop my leg from growing any more?