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Lymphedema is the name of a type of swelling. It happens when lymph builds up in your body's soft tissues. Lymph is a fluid that contains white blood cells that defend against germs. It can build up when the lymph system is damaged or blocked. It usually happens in the arms or legs. Read more on
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Lymphedema and Cortisone

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I have lymphedema in my legs. Nothing that was done to me medically helped reduce the swelling including diuretics.
In an unrelated issue, I needed a steroid injection in my shoulder in January. I noticed that the swelling in my legs decreased overnight. Not a great deal but noticeable. The swelling stayed down for a few days but returned in a week or so. In that period I asked different doctors if the steroids could have done that. The answer was almost universally "no" except for my primary care doc who said it was possible - no more than that - just "possible."

In April I was hospitalized for a heart attack and pneumonia and I was given predizone while I was in the hospital for 4 days. During those 4 days, I lost 30 pounds and with it the swelling in my legs. I attributed the loss of fluid to the steroids since it was my second example of swelling going down after steroid therapy.

Again - nobody accepted that conclusion and simply said that steroids have the opposite effect and cause you to gain weight. The weight stayed off for about 5 months and now has come back along with the swelling in my legs. I wear compression socks - knee high - but they don't seem to help much.

I wonder if anyone else with lymphedema has been helped with steroids.
July 27, 2015
Same thing happen to me I can't believe it. Just to fill you in doctors don't know much about the lypm system the 4 years in school they only study the lymp system for 15 to 45 minutes. There is one dr. At the stanford university that does seminrs and studies the lymp system.most doctors know nothing about it so they don't care .the lymphdema network is also a great resource.

In fact I got my handicapped parking permit because of it ...
"In fact I got my handicapped parking permit because of it (way long before I got this other debilitating ...The podiatirst gave me a cortisone shot and it was gone! ...The cortisone shot is the answer!"
July 27, 2015
This also worked on me I've had lymphdema for over 20 years got the c shot in my left knee fr knee problems my lympadema is in or was in my entire left hand and arm was doing a little exercise after a week I noticed my lymp went down not

entirerly but noticeable

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