I have been reading the blogs and responses today and feel relieved to know that I am not alone. I had a serious riding accident 4 years ago which left me with a broken pelvis and hematoma in my left thigh. I needed an operation to clear the blood clot and was left with secondary Lymphoedema. I was told at the time that this might happen but it still took over 2 years for anything to be done. After several visits to my GP and being told that I would have to put up with it as there was nothing that could be done I decided to go back to my surgeon who gave me a referral to see a Lymphoedema nurse. I was allocated 12 weeks for my treatment but nothing went to plan. I was told that my left leg was 30% bigger than my right. I was bandaged there and then, without notice and was unable to drive home. The bandage slipped within the first hour and I had no choice but to remove it after 4 as it was painful. I was given compression garments which did not fit and dug into the back of my knee. In all I was left feeling like an inconvenience and my leg improved very little in those 12 weeks. I'm a single parent with a full time job and was not given options for treatment. To this day I still don't fully understand the extent of the damage and what can be done to help.
I was and still am very despondent and resigned to the fact that my leg will always be heavy and painful. Following on from my sessions I gained a lot of weight as exercising was painful. Being so down made me just sit around and eat. I'm now 4 years on from the accident with a leg that is almost 40% larger than the other and on a good day aches. I cannot kneel down or sit comfortably. I even walk lopsided and with a limp to compensate for my huge thigh, this is leaving me with hot and painful hips.
I am going to make the effort this year to change doctor and see if that helps. I'm also trying to lose weight as I know that is a huge problem.
Thank you to all who have blogged before me as you have given me the hope that I can be helped