I have recently been diagnosed with lymphoedema after months and months of swelling and numerous medical investigations re the cause. I know that I am very lucky to get such a quick diagnosis and am gradually finding my way through the maze. I have been referred to a specialist clinic for bandaging and then being measured for stockings. I am struggling with footwear but have been told to wait till I get the stockings fitted before buying any more shoes. I am currently wearing crocs in 2 different sizes but am getting fed up with wet, cold feet.
I can (just about) deal with all of this but I am in so much pain, and it is seriously getting me down. Is the pain normal and does it improve? I am on strong painkillers and sometimes they don't have any effect but I can't take anything stronger and still function. Will the bandaging and stockings reduce the pain, is there anything else I can do to help? I forgot to say my lymphoedema is in my lower left leg and foot and the pain is mostly in the ankle and along the top of my foot.