What It Takes to Diagnose Lipoedema
For most lipoedema patients, it's their general practitioner or a specialist nurse who first suspects lipoedema. A specialist healthcare professional usually confirms the diagnosis. Your medical history and a thorough physical examination are among the basic diagnostic tools. Blood samples 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 lipoedema, click here.
What It Means to Treat Lipoedema
Lipoedema 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 lipoedema is not a life-threatening condition. Many lipoedema 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 lipoedema 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 lipoedema — 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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June is Lipoedema Awareness Month
June has been designated as Lipoedema Awareness Month, which gives us the chance to raise awareness and make lipoedema a global priority. Medical societies, companies, and patient organizations in several countries will be launching campaigns to educate patients, their families and friends, and healthcare professionals about this condition.
Diagnosis Lipoedema - How to Find an Expert
Specialised healthcare professionals are usually required to confirm the diagnosis of lipoedema. Coordinating appointments with different healthcare professionals, finding compression garments that are comfortable and fit well can become overwhelming. Managing your condition can be 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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Get Support From Others With Your Condition
It’s important to know you’re not alone. Join our private community and feel empowered by connecting with other lymphoedema or lipoedema patients.
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