What types of pain and hypersensitivity does this disease cause?
Lipedema is a chronic condition that mainly affects women. It is an accumulation of pathological fat cells. The accumulation of fat and water is progressive and symmetrical. It mainly affects the lower limbs, but also the hips, ankles and more rarely the arms.
Pain and hypersensitivity of the limbs to touch
When the skin of the lower limbs is touched or pressed, patients experience pain of varying intensity. The pain becomes more intense in advanced cases of the disease. The texture of the skin is also affected. The skin takes on an “orange peel” appearance and loses its suppleness. It thickens until it becomes irregular and bumpy. Beyond the purely aesthetic aspect, the legs become very painful at the slightest touch, the slightest pressure, the slightest pinch. Patients with lipedema suffer intensely when they try to massage themselves or have a massage. The skin may also become bruised and swollen. Some clothes may become difficult to wear.
Limb pain and hypersensitivity due to lipedema – Lipedema can impact on the ability to walk, which can lead to loss of mobility and muscle ability.
Physical pain related to lipedema
This disease causes pain in the lower limbs. Patients complain of a feeling of heaviness in the legs, sometimes accompanied by oedema. The pain often occurs at night or after walking a few kilometres. The nodules (dense, compact balls of fat) press on the joints to the point where, in stages 3 or 4 of the disease, it is no longer possible to walk normally.
Loss of mobility and muscle weakness
In the final stage of lipedema disease, mobility is severely reduced and with it the quality of daily life. People with stage 3 lipedema lose their independence of movement. Muscular capacity is reduced. If not treated, there is a risk of developing lipolymphoedema, the fourth stage of lipedema.
Psychological pain related to lipoedema
In addition to all this physical pain, there is also real psychological suffering. As lipedema is still a little-known disease, women suffering from it often find themselves alone in their pain, not knowing that they are suffering from a real disease. When the disease occurs (either in adolescence or later, sometimes after a pregnancy), they feel different, abnormal. They don’t dare to show their legs, they hide themselves and avoid the swimming pool or the beach.
Cellulite can be very unsightly in some cases, but most of all their legs hurt.
Despite diet and sport, they cannot get rid of the fat that accumulates in their legs, hips or buttocks.
If you recognize yourself in these examples of pain and hypersensitivity, you may have stage 1 or 2 lipedema.
The final word on this article entitled “Lipedema: pain and hypersensitivity”.
When you finally discover that your suffering has a name, you can consider remedying your illness.
Making an appointment with Dr Nicolas Zwillinger to review your pain and symptoms will certainly help you live better with this disease.