Lipedema, also known as "painful fat syndrome" and "breeches syndrome" isa chronic disease that affects mainly women.
It is characterized by an excessive accumulation of adipose tissue in the lower limbs.
Unlike ordinary cellulite or the so-called "ears" in the thigh area, fat canreach the area of calves and ankles, and it can also be accompanied by painful sensations.
Lipedema- this is not only an aesthetic problem or problems of a psychological nature (since a person begins to feel embarrassed in society and shy of his body), but over time and the limitation of mobility, as the legs significantly increase in volume.
Among men, this disease is not so common, although there are cases of significant edema in the face.
It should also be noted that this is not just obesity: in fact, in this case, the diet and lifestyle do not affect the situation. Fat accumulated in the body, for some reason, for some reason does not go anywhere, no matter what you do.
Ahead of usA genetic disease that causes severe physical discomfort and pain.
And today we would like to talk more about it, because this information will never be superfluous.
1. Life with a lipedeme: a challenge that needs to be taken daily
Sarah is 29 years old, and until she was born she lived an absolutely normal life. After the birth of the child, she adhered to a strict diet to get rid of excess weight, which appeared during pregnancy.
But the months went by, and something unexpected and unusual began to happen to her body.
- She lost weight in the abdomen, in the upper part of her torso, her hands also regained their former appearance. But here in the legs and hips fat did not go anywhere, but on the contrary, it began to accumulate very quickly.
- After a year, she could barely move by herself and had to sit in a wheelchair.
The doctors diagnosed her: a lipeda. A disease that Sarah had not even heard of before.
Then her life changed dramatically.
Dreams about the future of motherhood and uncomplicated work at the reception suddenly gave way to an uneventful routine, a daily struggle.
The treatment options that were offered to her were too limited: compression clothing and light exercise.
Another method of treatment is liposuction. But this is quite an expensive procedure, and the girl did not have a financial opportunity.
In addition, doctors warned that this would be only a temporary solution to the problem, sinceAfter a while, the lipedema will return, and her legs will again become huge..
Sarah understands that she will need help caring for the child and that, most likely, she will have to look for another job.
After all, the mirror reflects some other woman, which she now needs to try to accept and... help her.
What causes the development of a lipedema?
Ironically, even today, when medicine and science have made a huge step forward, there is still not enough research on this subject. The cause of excessive accumulation of fat in the legs, hands or face (in the case of men) has not been identified.
There is an opinion that all the blamegenetics, metabolic factors, inflammation or hormones.
What are the symptoms?
Abnormal accumulation of adipose tissue in the body can begin during puberty, after pregnancy or during menopause.
The first thing that patients notice, as a rule:
- Pain in soft tissues when walking, touching or resting.
- Sudden increase in the volume of the lower body from the waist to the knees or to the ankles.
- The feet remain the same as before.
- Fat accumulates everywhere, filling themselves with nodules and "cushioning" tissues, whichbegin to put a heavy pressure on the joints, greatly hinder mobility of the lower extremities.
- The skin loses its elasticity.
- Appear edema and bruises.
A few months after the appearance of the first symptoms, the person notices the following:
- Feeling of constant cold.
- "Rezinopodobnaya" skin texture.
- Chronic pain and marked limitation of mobility. Two factors that, in combination with the unattractive appearance of the legs, cause a person to feel deeply depressed, angry, and a strong sadness bordering on depression.
Is there a cure for a lipedema?
As we already noted above, a lipedemahas nothing to do with the wrong diet or unhealthy lifestyle of a person.
This is a chronic disease, very severe and debilitating for those who have encountered it. Therapeutic measures should be comprehensive and for each patient their own (all strictly individually). Do not forget about psychological support (it is mandatory).
Unfortunately, diets, and even starvation in no way will help to solve this problem.There is no special pharmacological drug,capable of stopping the accumulation of fat in the tissues of the body.
The most common methods of treatment are:
- Tightening clothing, causing increased sweating (to remove excess fat)
- Massages (lymphatic drainage by hand)
- Radiofrequency impact
Liposuction, about which we also spoke above, unfortunately, also can not always help. Many people later become even heavier, as the volumes return, and the body is difficult to adjust to such fluctuations in weight.
Many patients who practiced swimming noted good results.But the truth is that you need to find the right solution for yourself, without stopping to experiment ...
Each new way should be tried with optimism and in no case should not give up and do not pass before this serious disease, universal treatment which has not yet been invented.