What Does It Feel Like for Lymphedema Sufferers?

July 31, 2023
By United Vein & Vascular Centers®

What does lymphedema pain feel like? 

Lymphedema is the swelling of tissue in the body, most often the legs, due to limited drainage of the lymph nodes. It can affect the legs, arms, chest, neck and even the genitals. Lymphedema pain can feel like a variety of things, but to learn more about what specifically this chronic disease may entail, keep reading below. 

What can lymphedema pain feel like? 

It can be difficult to describe exactly what lymphedema pain feels like, but many lymphedema sufferers experience one or more of the following sensations: 

  • Swelling — Lymphedema can cause serious swelling in the body because the fluids that would typically be drained through the lymph nodes become trapped in the limbs. This retention of fluid can cause swelling that can be visibly noticeable and even painful or uncomfortable. 
  • Heaviness — Another sensation related to lymphedema pain is heaviness. Some people may not report pain from their lymphedema, but rather a heaviness in the affected limbs. 
  • Restlessness — Restlessness is another feeling many lymphedema patients report having. Restless leg syndrome is frequently associated with lymphedema patients. 
  • Aching, tingling, numbness — Aching, tingling and numbness are also associated with lymphedema as well. Any throbbing, pins and needles, and lack of feeling can be symptoms of this condition. 
  • Tightness — Tightness is another sensation associated with lymphedema pain. For some, tightness can feel painful and for others, it may just be uncomfortable. 

Contact United Vein & Vascular Centers for your lymphedema treatment 

You don’t have to keep worrying about the symptoms of vein conditions that are making your daily activities more difficult to carry out. Our vein specialists at United Vein & Vascular Centers are here to help you. Each person on our team is familiar with the uncertainty and discomfort that vein problems can lead to. That’s why they’re committed to helping you better understand your condition, your symptoms and the options you can use to address them.  

Our specialists can also help you find the most effective treatment option for your vein condition. They’ll work it into a comprehensive treatment plan that’s designed to:  

  • Reduce your symptoms. 
  • Improve your ability to walk and perform other normal daily tasks.  
  • Increase your overall quality of life. 

Contact us today to learn more about your vein condition and the ways it can be treated or to set up an initial appointment. 

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