Secondary lymphedema of the legs has always been thought to be caused by either surgery, radiation, cancer or infection. But a new study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown obesity to be a cause:
Lymphedema in the legs manifests itself as swelling, pain, discomfort, tightness in the skin, decreased flexibility and difficulty walking, said Cathy Kleinman-Barnett, a lymphedema specialist at the Lymphedema/Edema Management Program at Northwest Medical Center in Margate, Fla.
“Obesity causes lymphedema because the sheer additional weight puts too much pressure on the lymph nodes in the groin area, compromising the system,” she said. “This causes a fluid backup like a clogged drain. Skin can thicken, harden and become red, dry and warm to touch.”
Is there a Cure for lymphedema of the legs?
And if you just lose weight, will it help?
additional research sources: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lymphedema/ds00609/dsection=causes