Guidelines of the
Often recognized during childhood, do the thighs and legs become visibly thicker during
puberty. Even though it does not hurt yet – it bothers immensely! You don't know
where the fat so suddenly comes, but the hormones clearly play a big part of it.
A lack of exercise and wrong eating habits are truly not the cause for lipedema.
The frustration grows when regardless of exercise and a strict diet the fat keeps growing.
Where is science at today? The professional society of phlebology has this all
summed up into guidelines.
Smooth skin surface, subcutaneous
tissue thickened, fat structure fine-grained. Stage 1 can already cause pain.
Skin surface uneven,
Tissue rougher and harder,
hard to eliminate, broad and
"Just thick legs" is not quite right...
After several years, the legs cause pain. They are heavy, feel dense and
pressured after standing for an extended period of time.
At the age of 20 still in disbelieve, might be having difficulty at 40
standing for a whole day as a hair dresser. Pressure and sensitivity
in the legs and arms, might also cause disharmony with the Partner.
Lipedema can also change your gait-pattern from an orthopedic
perspective. The gait-pattern becomes more knock-kneed and causes
stress on the spine, the hip and knee joints.
However, lipedema has a much deeper impact on your personality.
Wounded femininity, discomfort in your own body, missing acceptance
and recognition of lipedema as a disease. Your friends, family and maybe
your doctor give you the blame for not being able to stick to your diet
until even you believe it.
Self-doubts are not a good foundation, for a young woman to develop
self-confidence, which negatively impacts every area of life:
Friendship’s, the relationship to your partner and your career.
The diagnosis "lipedema" arises from
the patient's history, the symptoms and
the visual observation.
The thick legs and arms since childhood,
that significantly increase during puberty
and pregnancy. Mother, grandmother or
aunts are possibly affected as well.
Heaviness, congestion, tension, pressure related pain and touch sensitivity are
certain evidence of lipedema.
The fat distribution is crucial:
From the hips downwards, the buttocks
and the outer, inner and front part of
The knees are hardly recognizable and
are immerged in a thick fat cushion.
The calves muscle tone is hardly visible,
they become column shaped.