Lipedema is often diagnosed quite late as many doctors are not familiar with the disease. By then patients will have already had a long journey of suffering behind them, marked by self-doubt and uncertainty. Lipedema often occurs during puberty and so the typical symptoms such as riding pants manifest themselves at a time when the body is constantly changing anyway. It is very difficult for patients to recognize that these changes are part of a clinical picture. They often come into contact with lipedema for the first time via the Internet and television and eventually recognize their own complaints.
An experienced doctor can diagnose a patient with the naked eye (visual diagnosis), since lipedema is characterized by a characteristic stature. The extremities (arms and legs) are usually more voluminous and do not harmonise with a slender upper body, a narrow waist and delicate wrists and ankles.