Following the post on my progress of one month after I have introduced a few simple steps that are bringing me great results, another 2 weeks passed and I want to give you a (hopefully inspiring) update. Read this first, if you want to know the 4 things I am doing and the dozen or so results: Progress after one month
- I ran out of Himalayan salt, and definitely can feel and see the difference since then: the speed of my progress slowed down a bit. I will have it again latest on Monday, can’t wait!
- This is TERRIFIC!!!! I am amazed each day now that even by the end of the day, after walking/standing for hours and hours, my feet don’t hurt!!!!!!! In all my life, that was a big issue for me, I could only wear a few types of shoes so that my feet and lower legs wouldn’t hurt – now I have no pain in the same shoes that I could hardly walk in, 2 months ago!!!! And this is the kind of ground we have here most everywhere:
- Generally, my legs didn’t reduce much (see 1.) but my feet did: before, by the morning my legs would reduce but the feet would swell up and I could hardly put on shoes – now they are smaller, and much more normal to the touch.
- I found out that I don’t only have secondary lymphedema as a result of removed lymph nodes from my pelvic area in a cancer surgery in 2008, but after somebody (another lady with lymphedema) has suggested that according my story, I most probably had primary lymphedema already. Yet another lady shared an article from where I could give myself the self-diagnosis: yes, primary lymphedema, namely Hereditary lymphedema Type I (Milroy’s disease), according to this page about rare diseases, a description of Hereditary Lymphedema, with several references.
Which is quite interesting, because a bit more one year ago the doctor (an internationally known lymphedema expert) said I had secondary, after I had told him all the bad things about my legs in my life and how was it for my mother and grandmother, too. Certainly I could get a thorough and precise diagnosis with an extensive (and very expensive) testing, but the first step would be lymphoscintigraphy – and no way that I would let a radioactive substance into my body! So I just stick to what I know so far. Other points that I found interesting from this article:
a) The medical profession is awesome in putting labels on symptoms, naming different variations of a problem – but seems to be pretty much behind as to finding the root causes of a condition and hence, being able to deal with it… If primary or hereditary lymphedema is caused by gene mutations, as it is believed by many researchers, and a gene therapy was not found yet, then they cold consider looking in the direction of epigenetics, as well – there might be studies on the subject but with only a quick Google search, I didn’t find anything on that they would be looking at something like this:
Contrary to most lymphedema patients and experts, I do believe in that lymphedema can be cured. But alternative, natural, holistic ways of healing lymphedema are apparently not an option for standard medicine (although there are investigations targeting a very few botanicals): The Cure for lymphedema what the researchers are looking for, is some “FDA approved medication”. Of course.
b) The site cited above is about rare diseases – however, according to Lymphedema Education & Research Network: “Up to 10 million Americans, and hundreds of millions worldwide, suffer from lymphedema and lymphatic diseases. More people suffer from these diseases in the United States than suffer from Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, Parkinson’s disease, and AIDS — combined.” Is it what is called a rare disease?
5. As I am writing this post and reading further references, it is getting more and more clear that my lymphedema had all started with lipedema. In fact: no doubt about it. Wonderful.
That’s enough about me for the moment; now I want to hear from You: what are you doing to heal your lymphie parts and overall, your body and how is it going?