- CASE FILE
Since I hit puberty, my legs have begun swelling. I was always active and had a tiny upper body. I am abnormally disproportionate.
ABOUT THIS CASE FILE
I've been told I have Lipedema (also known as Lipoedema). It's explained as diseased fat cells that grow around the lymphatic system, mostly on the bottom half of my body which strangles out the lymp system. It grows on it's own and is unaffected by diet and exercise. It is primarilly on the butt, thighs, and calves. The only solution is a specialized liposuction known as Lymph sparing lipo (also WAL - water assited lipo) which gently removes the diseased fat without damaging the lymphatic system. There is no cure and re-growth is possible. It's unknown it's cause, but hormones are believed to have something to do with it. It's largely unrecognized by the medical community and primary doc's are quick to write it off as "just lose weight". I've been struggling with this since puberty, around 13 or so. Then it exploded when I was pregnant the first time. Got worse with the second pregnancy. I have been doing crossfit and the keto diet for over a year now and while I'm in great shape and thin on top, my legs are mostly unaffected.