Primary Lymphoedema is generally inherited and is a result of a change in genetic makeup. This can be unilateral or bilateral, however it has a positive response rate to MLD by removing the fluid from the limb due to specific movements. Massages applied to the area of swelling push the fluid towards an area where the vessels are patent with functioning lymph nodes.
Secondary Lymphoedema is far more common and is a result of damage to the Lymph nodes and/or lymph vessels. A common cause of this is a response to cancer treatment. In cancer treatment the lymph nodes may have been removed in a particular area, damaging vessels and nodes due to radiation treatment. Other causes of secondary lymphoedema are infection, injury, inflammation of the limb or from a lack of limb movement.
If you find yourself experiencing the symptoms associated with either form of lymphoedema, you may be referred to a specialist centre such as my Northamptonshire decongestive lymphatic therapy clinic.