Lymphedema is a chronic condition that occurs when there is a buildup of lymphatic fluid in the tissues, typically in the arms or legs. Along with swelling and discomfort, many people with lymphedema also experience muscle pain and muscle fatigue. These symptoms can be challenging to manage, but Compression Care has ideas for strategies that can help.
While it may seem counterintuitive to exercise when you are experiencing pain and fatigue, staying active can actually help improve lymphatic flow and reduce swelling. Look for activities that feel comfortable for you, such as walking, swimming, or yoga, and be sure to talk to your doctor or physical therapist before starting any new exercise program.
Practice Good Posture
Poor posture can exacerbate muscle pain and fatigue, especially in the neck, shoulders, and back. Be mindful of your posture throughout the day, and make sure to take frequent breaks if you spend a lot of time sitting or standing in one position.
Use Compression Garments
Compression garments, such as sleeves or stockings, can help improve lymphatic flow and reduce swelling. They can also provide support to the muscles and help alleviate pain and fatigue. Talk to your doctor, a certified lymphedema therapist, or a certified fitter at Compression Care to fund the best compression garment for your needs.
Get Enough Rest
Fatigue is a common symptom of lymphedema, and getting enough rest is important for managing this symptom. Try to establish a regular sleep routine, and prioritize rest and relaxation throughout the day. If you are having trouble sleeping or are experiencing sever fatigue, talk to your doctor about possible interventions or treatments.
Stress can exacerbate muscle pain and fatigue, so it’s important to find ways to manage stress levels. This could include practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, or mindfulness practices. Talk to your doctor or a mental health professional for additional resources and support.
Drinking enough water is important for maintaining a healthy lymphatic flow and reducing swelling. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, and limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate the body.
Managing muscle pain and muscle fatigue with lymphedema can be challenging, but with the right strategies and support, it is possible to find relief. Be sure to work closely with your healthcare team to find the best approach for your individual needs, and don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it.
If you’re looking for medical-grade compression garments to help with your lymphedema, Compression Care is here to help! Reach out to Compression Care today to schedule a fitting and find the right compression garment for you.