Lymphedema symptoms

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Symptoms are usually lacking in patients with lymphedema. Patients with venous reflux disease typically have aching, pain, heaviness, tiredness, fatigue, cramping, throbbing and swelling. The foot and toes in lymphedema are described as "pillow feet and sausage toes," and the swelling is usually NOT relieved with overnight leg elevation.

Pitting, or dimpling of the tissues in lymphedema with finger pressure is a feature in early lymphedema - as time goes on, the tissues become fibrotic and there is absence of pitting in the feet.

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Buffalo General Surgeon