If any medical experts read my blog, tell me one thing, please, I am not sure about how to think with the following. Actually, it is not only lymphedema but can be applied to a big majority of physical illnesses.
My big question to the medical profession, using a real life example of lymphedema:
If a secondary lymphedema is due to lymph nodes being removed during a surgery, then I understand that the lymph system can’t be perfect any more, and “casual” swelling or lymphedema might develop right away or over time. Alright.
How do you explain that even after years of such a surgery, with the not-so-well-working lymph system, a person’s leg can be much better than ever before in life, for months and months? And then some swelling every once in a while, and then again, legs will look fantastic, for another long period, with the defunct lymph system.
In my case, lymph nodes were removed from the right side of my pelvic area in a cancer surgery in 2008.
Since then, my legs have gone through in very various phases. There were weeks or months with one or both feet and ankles or legs swollen, and there were times when there was no any swelling at all for months. Pretty mini skirts, sandals and heels, yay!
What I could definitely observe, was and is this: in each of those “happy leg” times, there was one thing in common, regardless of any other factors (given that diet or other lifestyle changes did influence it to some slighter degree): I was very happy about one particular circumstance in my life, and which had nothing to do with whether I had some lymph nodes in place or not.
But then a bit later at some point, that circumstance has changed in a way that I did not like it, and my legs would swell up spectacularly and almost immediately.
Happy again about that same life situation: my legs were very happy, too.
Unhappy change in that situation again – legs swelling up unhappily again. And so on, and so on, in circles like these. In fact, my lymphedema started last summer a few days right after that this life situation I am talking about, has changed from a blissful one into something that has been giving me stress ever since.
You can say that “it was not a causation, only a coincidence”, but I can confirm it with certainty that it was a causation. The two reasons for that I dare to claim this boldly, although I am not a doctor or any other “expert”, are:
- Please allow me to say this affirmatively about my own body that I have been observing for more than 40 years, and therefore to know that it reacts very well to changes, most often within days, hours or even minutes. (Within minutes, true! The other day, for example, I was walking home in the evening and I clearly remember the very moment when I was thinking about this problem in my life that made me more and more sad right there, and by the time I reached the other side of the river, I could feel my legs blowing up. If now anyone would call this “just a coincidence”, then there is no causation in this world.)
- This very same cycle (happy about one certain thing in life –> happy legs –> unhappy about the same thing –> unhappy legs) had been going around and around in my entire life, already way before my lymph nodes had been removed.
To which you might say that I had already had primary lymphedema, and the aftermath of my surgery in 2008 only added to the burden. Yes, that might be true, although I was never diagnosed with that.
Even if that would be the case, in my past 40+ years that I can recall, it went always like this: upset in legs began immediately after a certain type of emotional upset. Always, always, and always.
So tell me please,
and here is the question:
Doesn’t this make lymphedema a stress related disease, first of all?
How come that the only reason given for a secondary lymphedema in such a situation, is the missing lymph nodes? And therefore it is said that there is nothing that can cure the condition, because those small pieces of tissue in the body, are not there where they should be?
I can’t blame those small pieces of tissue that were gone missing from the right pelvic area of my body in January 2008, for the upset that that particular life situation has been giving me and apparently causing some kind of blockage in my system, life force, energy or whatever you call it, for more than four decades, can I?
Hence, if we suppose that I am not the only person on Earth with leg problems who have some kind of stress as well, we can also suppose that there can be emotional factors for developing lymphedema (or probably generally: swelling in the legs).
Therefore, wouldn’t it make it sense to look for the solution of curing lymphedema, in the direction of healing the emotional/mental reasons that might have caused it?
And why this area is not addressed by standard medicine?
“The cure of many diseases is unknown to physicians because they are ignorant of the whole… For the part can never be well unless the whole is well.” – Plato
Now, I had been already ridiculed a couple of times for asking such questions, by people who are all for Big Science and Conventional Medicine – but can somebody please give us answers from there? It is indeed known by conventional medicine (see for example this from Mayo Clinic: Chronic stress puts your health at risk), so why is the subject of emotional causes of diseases is handled just on the side, if at all?
Thank you in advance.