What It Takes to Diagnose Lipedema
For most lipedema patients, it's their general practitioner or a specialized nurse who first suspects lipedema. A specialized healthcare professional usually confirms the diagnosis. Your medical history and a thorough physical examination are among the basic diagnostic tools. Blood samples and a hemogram are used to monitor the function of your heart, kidneys, liver and thyroid gland, and to check glucose and protein levels. This is usually done to rule out other diseases. Ultrasound can further evaluate your affected limbs and the function of your veins. For more information about basic and advanced diagnostics for lipedema, click here.
What it Means to Treat Lipedema
Lipedema is a chronic (long-term) condition that cannot be cured, requiring holistic, lifelong treatment with compression therapy, along with physical and psychological therapy, amongst others. Living with a chronic condition can feel like a rollercoaster ride - there will be ups and downs, good times and bad. The diagnosis may be unsettling at first, but lipedema is not a life-threatening condition. Many lipedema patients can lead nearly normal lives with the right therapy. Compression therapy plays a central role in this. Read how JOBST Confidence compression garments provide even more comfort with a truly personalized fit for lipedema here.
How to Cope With the Diagnosis
You don't have to deal with this situation entirely on your own, nor should you. Seeking and accepting help can make a big difference. Share your feelings with your family and friends, and join a community of like-minded people. Try to find a routine that helps you manage your lipedema - understanding your condition and self-management can make a real difference. And perhaps most importantly: be patient with yourself. It always takes time to get used to changes.
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Diagnosis Lipedema - How to Find an Expert
Specialized healthcare professionals are usually required to confirm the diagnosis of lipedema. Coordinating appointments with different healthcare professionals, finding compression garments that are comfortable and fit well - all together, it can be overwhelming. But managing your condition is easier with the right professional support at your side. In this article, we want to offer some guidance on finding experts to support your treatment after your diagnosis has been made.
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