Because lymphoedema is a chronic condition, it’s important to stay involved in your lymphoedema care. Keeping up with all the precautions and treatments advised by your specialist can take up a lot of time and you may need extra support from friends and family. Making contact with others through a support group or an online forum can also be a good way of keeping motivated.
This section explains some other things you can do to stay as healthy and as involved in your healthcare as possible.
It’s important to go to your regular check-ups with your lymphoedema specialist or doctor. During these check-ups, the skin and tissues in your swollen area will be looked at. Your arm or leg will also be measured to monitor the effect of treatment. Some people find it helpful to keep their own progress chart where they can write down the measurements each time. Try to stick with the advice that you have been given about managing and treating the lymphoedema.
At first your progress may be slow, but you should notice an improvement in the affected area after a few weeks. If you have any concerns, talk them over with your lymphoedema specialist or doctor. You should be able to contact them between appointments if you have any problems.