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Postby ma1290 » Tue Jul 10, 2007 5:58 pm

How does running affect leg lymphedema? I have heard that walking is good for leg LE, because the calf muscles work as a pump to move fluid. Does running do the same, or is the high impact of running bad for the lymphatics?
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Postby patoco » Tue Jul 10, 2007 8:00 pm

Walking is good for LE - used to love to take long long walks.

My concern about running is the impact factor and what effect it would have on the lymphatics.

Just my personal opinion, but I would say it probably should be avoided.

BTW, many lymphers do Nordic Walking and it doesn't seem to cause problems.

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Postby ma1290 » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:05 am

This is bad news to me. I really enjoy running and don't really want to stop.

I've done a lot of high impact sports. I was a gymnast for 11 years and then stopped that to take up diving. I'm also a pole vaulter for my high school. I plan on diving in college.

I don't want to damage my leg any more than it already is, but I want to enjoy the things I like to do. Running has been part of my daily life for so long that I don't see myself stopping anytime soon, unless the swelling really progresses.

How does high impact stuff damage lymphatics?
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Postby lazyleftleg » Wed Jul 11, 2007 3:46 pm

i don't know medically why it's bad for the lymphatic system, but i was specifically told to avoid running. i have LE in my left leg. i was advised to do low impact...walking, elliptical, and swimming (the best). i bet pat can enlighten us more as to why or at least shoot us another link.
thanks for all the great info you provide us with pat!!
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