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It is for my left leg. Since April it has been itchy, lots of lumps, by July there was fluid running down the leg and I was going frantic with itching. September I got IV antibiotics for cellulitis.
To give some context, my GP marked it down as my right leg.
I am now on paraffin ointment plus steroids that the pharmacist said were very, very strong and to treat with extreme caution. There's eczema on all my limbs atm though it started on my left leg. I didn't have eczema before this year.
The swelling has been there for years, the GP gave up. It's only on the left side.
I'm finding it a bit tough. I have no idea what is going on.
Sounds miserable, you will need to have a doppler assessment before compression stocking can be worn to rule out any problems with arterial circulation. Strange you only have swelling in one leg? Anyway the stocking can be taken off at night .
ggirl When I was in A&E (leg swelled so much I couldn't bend it to go upstairs - cellulitis, apparently) they mentioned lymphodema when they talked amongst themselves, but I don't really know what it is.
I have a lot more faith asking on mumsnet than I do googling. I think Dr Google can lead you a little off the beaten track.
I've had a referral for dermatology. DS heard me beg for it, I can't keep doing this to him. The consultant there said that I need to wear a compression bandage and to make an appointment with the GP to get one fitted. I have no idea why, it was all a bit rushed and confusing.
I had a bandage put on in the summer. I don't feel pain properly - it sounds daft, but I can never really process it or describe it. I was out in the street afterwards when I started crying with the pain, in front of ds. I can't keep doing that. If I can take it off when he is there, though, then that's not so bad.
Thank you all for your help, I do appreciate it. You can probably tell that I am bewildered. I've been told it is to do with gluten, that it's chicken pox, that it's psoriasis, that it is definitely not gluten, chickenpox or psoriasis, and I have been repeatedly told to come back in a fortnight. I'm feeling a bit lost and I am very grateful for what you are saying.