What Does Lymphedema Feel Like?

What are the first signs of lymphedema?

Lymphedema signs and symptoms, which occur in your affected arm or leg, include:

  • Swelling of part or all of your arm or leg, including fingers or toes.
  • A feeling of heaviness or tightness.
  • Restricted range of motion.
  • Aching or discomfort.
  • Recurring infections.
  • Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis)

What does lymphedema of the breast feel like?

The following are signs of lymphedema: A feeling of heaviness, aching, or pain on the side of your surgery. A tight feeling in the skin of your arm, hand, or breast. Swelling or changes in your skin, such as tightness or pitting (skin that stays indented after being pressed)

Can lymphedema be painful?

Lymphedema occurs when lymph fluid collects in the arm (or other area such as the hand, fingers, chest/breast or back), causing it to swell (edema). The swelling may be so slight it’s barely seen or felt. In severe cases, lymphedema can cause pain and limit movement.

Can lymphedema go away on its own?

Still, there are many people who have mild lymphedema that goes away with treatment and never becomes a major problem. For others, the condition does worsen. The later stages of lymphedema often can’t be completely reversed because the tissue under the skin has been damaged.