Hello everyone, where to start? This is all quite new to me, during 5 years of badgering almost every GP in my local doctors surgery over my swollen foot and leg, I've been passed from pillar to post, undergone ultrasounds and a lot of 'its water retention' or 'it must be related to your hypothyroidism-come back in 6 months' I gave up. Until about 3 months ago where I found a doctor that was genuinely interested in why my left leg is the way it is, anyway, she had referred me to a vascular nurse in hospital, who within a matter of 5 minutes knew it was Lymphoedema. So I've been bandaged for 3 months until my compression garments for my leg and foot arrived. I'm still coming to terms with it, I've known for years something was wrong with my left limb but a part of me always thought there'd be some sort of cure. Evidentially there is not. And the realisation has hit quite hard and has had a knock on effect with my confidence. I have followed strict instructions to not google image Lymphoedema from my nurse but I am struggling to differentiate the helpful information from the mythical... Help?! I'm 20 years old, at university and in all honesty despite a brave face I am worried about my future.
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