Lymphedema treatment decreases pain intensity in lipedema

Gyözö Szolnoky, E. Varga, M. Varga, M. Tuczai, E. Dósa-Rácz, L. Kemény

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Abstract

Lipedema is a disproportional obesity featuring light pressure-induced or spontaneous pain. On the basis of our clinical observations, lymphedema therapy, as practiced in our clinic, reduces the perception of pain beyond leg volume reduction. We therefore aimed to measure pain intensity prior and subsequent to treatment. 38 women with lipedema were enrolled in the study with 19 patients undergoing treatment and 19 serving as the control group using exclusively moisturizers. Treatment consisted of once daily manual lymph drainage (MLD), intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC), and multilayered short-stretch bandaging performed throughout a 5-day-course. Pain was evaluated with a 10-item questionnaire, a pain rating scale (PRS), and the Wong-Baker Faces scale. Treatment resulted in a significant reduction of pain with a decrease in mean scores of all three measures. In the control group, only PRS showed significant decrease. Our study results indicate that this treatment regimen not only reduces leg volume and capillary fragility, but also improves pain intensity in patients with lipedema.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-182
Number of pages5
JournalLymphology
Volume44
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011

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Lymphedema
Pain
Therapeutics
Leg
Capillary Fragility
Control Groups
Pain Perception
Lymph
Lipedema
Drainage
Obesity
Pressure

Keywords

  • Lipedema
  • Lipedema treatment
  • Pain intensity
  • Pain rating scale
  • Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Hematology

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Szolnoky, G., Varga, E., Varga, M., Tuczai, M., Dósa-Rácz, E., & Kemény, L. (2011). Lymphedema treatment decreases pain intensity in lipedema. Lymphology, 44(4), 178-182.

Lymphedema treatment decreases pain intensity in lipedema. / Szolnoky, Gyözö; Varga, E.; Varga, M.; Tuczai, M.; Dósa-Rácz, E.; Kemény, L.

In: Lymphology, Vol. 44, No. 4, 12.2011, p. 178-182.

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Szolnoky, G, Varga, E, Varga, M, Tuczai, M, Dósa-Rácz, E & Kemény, L 2011, 'Lymphedema treatment decreases pain intensity in lipedema', Lymphology, vol. 44, no. 4, pp. 178-182.
Szolnoky G, Varga E, Varga M, Tuczai M, Dósa-Rácz E, Kemény L. Lymphedema treatment decreases pain intensity in lipedema. Lymphology. 2011 Dec;44(4):178-182.
Szolnoky, Gyözö ; Varga, E. ; Varga, M. ; Tuczai, M. ; Dósa-Rácz, E. ; Kemény, L. / Lymphedema treatment decreases pain intensity in lipedema. In: Lymphology. 2011 ; Vol. 44, No. 4. pp. 178-182.
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