The signs and symptoms of early lymphoedema include:
- swelling – you may notice your clothing, shoes or jewellery (rings or watches) feeling tighter than usual, even before you see any swelling
- changes in sensation – the limb or area may feel heavy, tight, full or stiff
- skin changes – the affected area may feel tight, stretched or a thicker texture, and sometimes it can be dry, flaky, rough or scaly
- aching in the affected area.
If you have any of these symptoms, ask your doctor or specialist nurse for advice as soon as you notice them. This can help to reduce the risk of the lymphoedema getting worse.