A strong feeling of tension often occurs and the sensitivity to touch continues to increase – not to mention the limitation of movement that is associated with heavily swollen legs. Pressure pain is caused by the accumulation of water in the fat cells. The increase in volume exerts pressure on the surrounding tissue and creates tension. Consequently, the skin reacts painfully to contact and pressure. The further lipedema progresses, the stronger the symptoms can become. Legs, arms or hips can then also hurt without pressure and the circumference increases.
The skin of lipedema patients tends to bruise very easily. The reason for this is the impaired capillary permeability of the blood vessels. This makes it easier to push liquids through the vessel wall into the surrounding tissue, as well as red blood cells. Thus, even slight impacts lead to bruises.
The psychological aspect should not be ignored either. Because in most cases fellow men do not recognize that the concerning suffers from a Lip?edema and the fat cushions did not develop due to predominance and lacking discipline.
- cold feeling in arms and legs
- heavy feeling of legs and arms
Not all signs of lipedema occur simultaneously or to the same extent. Especially in the first stage, when lipedema usually causes only riding pants and rarely severe pain, a diagnosis is particularly difficult. Lipoedema is often only recognised when the disease spreads and the symptoms get worse. As specialists in lipedema, we have a lot of experience with the disease and can also determine at an early stage whether you suffer from it. The skin affected by lipedema feels soft. Often the finest blood vessels can be seen under the skin
The symptoms of lipedema, such as pain or heaviness, get worse in certain situations:
- Warm Weather
- Standing for a long time
- Sitting for a long time
- in the evening
Good to know: sauna and steam bath are generally not recommended for patients with lipedema and lipolymphedema, as the heat produces more lymphatic fluid and the lymph vessels work simultaneously at a slower rate.
The severity of the symptoms of lipedema varies from person to person. If the disease is not treated, lymphedema can also develop over the years. This means that lymph fluid cannot flow out of the tissue, causing swelling to increase even further.
Lipedema, no matter at what stage, is always a major burden. The changed appearance as well as the pain lead to a high suffering pressure, which strongly impairs the quality of life. But with the right therapy and useful tips and tricks we can help you and accompany you on your way.