I was 19 yrs old when I start out swelling in my left leg. I went to sleep at a friends house and the next morning I woke up and my left leg had burst out of my pajamas. I went to 13 different doctors and my right leg had started swelling by then as well before I was diagnose with lymphedema. Then my breast started to swell. I went from a B cup to a D cup overnight. A year later my arms, abdomen and back started to swell. I have always had pain and a burning sensation in my feet and legs. I feel like a thousand bees are stinging me at once. I use to be a store manager for Hollywood Video. I had to stop work last March because the pain in my legs and feet were getting unbearable. I could not longer wear shoes. Is it anyone out there that is or have gone though anything like this? How do you manage the pain and the swelling? I have the flexi-touch. I use compression thigh-highs and pantyhose. However they all cause me more pain. I am on Darvocet and Mortin 800 mg. They only make me sleepy. I am currently trying to get Social Security Disability. Have anyone else gone through the disability process? If so what was your outcome. Do anyone work? If you do work, what kind of work do you do? If I sit down for about 30 minutes my feet and calves swell up to my knees and they feel like they are going to burst. So I can not sit down for a long period of time without getting up and trying to move around. I mostly just stay on my couch on my bed with my legs up. Another problem is my arms. When I wear my arm sleeves it just pushes the fluid up to my shoulders and it make the numbness in my right arm worst. Do anyone have any suggestion and handling this? Do anyone else get depressed over having lymphedema and the pain and not being able to do NORMAL things people your age do? If anyone out there and help me please let me know.I have a little boy that is going to start walking soon and I would like to able to play with him more.
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