Self-diagnosis: symptoms

Are you wondering if you have lipoedema?

It’s important to self-diagnose. This disease affects people regardless of their BMI (Body Mass Index). Therefore, in case of obesity, it is difficult to determine if you have lipoedema based on the appearance of your upper and/or lower limbs alone.

Below you will find out what signs may indicate that you have lipoedema:

  • The first sign that is usually noticed is an unbalanced body. Do your upper and/or lower limbs look and feel different from the rest of your body?
  • You have tried to lose weight, through dieting and sports, and only certain parts of your body have “responded”. Your waistline has become thin and you have not noticed any positive changes in your lower/upper limbs despite diet and exercise.
  • The affected areas are very sensitive to touch and pressure, and this sensitivity may vary from one person to another.
  • The vascular fragility linked to lipoedema results in the spontaneous appearance of hematomas on the affected areas. These hematomas do not disappear easily and may leave marks.
  • You have noticed an enlargement of your lower limbs that stops at the ankles, your feet are not affected; similarly for the upper limbs the enlargement of the tissues stops at the wrists. Your hands have a normal appearance.
  • You feel a swelling, a heaviness of the affected areas.
  • In some advanced cases of lipoedema, you may notice a loss of mobility. Muscle weakness that can lead to difficulty in moving, resulting in an awkward gait.

All of these signs should alert you to the possibility of being affected by lipoedema. Do you think you may be affected by this condition? You should now talk to a health professional (general practitioner, angiologist, surgeon…). A quick management of the disease allows a better life with it.