I Have Lipedema
I have lipedema. I was always a chubby child and a carb addict but my lipedema blew up with the onset of puberty. At the onset of puberty, I became obese.
Year after year doctor after doctor told me I was just fat and needed to lose weight. I was even put in the hospital for a special weight loss program for two months; I lost 15 pounds. I could always lose 15 pounds on any diet. And over the years I went on many, many diets to lose weight and many, many times I would lose weight only to gain it back and more every time.
Even being young I knew something was wrong with me. My mother, my father, and all my siblings were slim, not only slim but thin. My sisters had no butts and no hips and small breasts. Well, I had one sister who had hips and a butt but she was a size 8-10 where the rest of my sisters were size 6 and below; at 12 I was a size 14. I was not only fat but I had no ankles and what I call jodhpur thighs. My bottom was always 2-3 sizes larger than my top; wearing dresses, unless full skirted was impossible; pants with regular waistbands was impossible. No cute shoes with straps for me.
Being obese at such a young age caused me to be withdrawn and antisocial; my refuge became books. I had an eclectic taste in books; being so isolated and with plenty of alone time to read I would read anything printed, including medical texts. Always looking for the next diet I read plenty of diet books and books on nutrition, herbals, and on medical conditions as well.
To make a long story short I diagnosed myself with lipedema at 15; I was diagnosed by the medical profession at 52. Every time I presented my medically researched evidence of lipedema to doctors, I was poo-pooed and told I just needed to lose weight. At 52 I had to go to urgent care because my legs so swollen, taut, and were leaking fluid after a prolonged plane ride. The doctor walked in took a look at my legs and said, “Oh, you have lymphedema.” That was it.
I discovered low-carb at 17 and went on a carbohydrate restricted diet. I lost the weight and maintained the loss for 5 years. My bottom became only 1 size larger than my top but I still could not wear ankle strap shoes. And then I got married and became pregnant. I argued and argued with my obstetrician and dietician that I had to restrict my carbs and maintain my weight during pregnancy. They argued that I was damaging my baby and that I needed more carbs to have a healthy baby. I conceded; agreed to add additional carbs. I immediately started blowing up my weight and once again my carb addiction was off and running; I gained 45 pounds during the last 5 months of pregnancy; my lipedema worsened; my hips and thighs expanded. My obstetrician was horrified but, at that point, the damage was done.
Years later I discovered the Carbohydrate Addict Diet; lost the weight again and maintained again for years. Then as the years passed my SAD increase. I have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder); it too came with the onslaught of puberty and becomes worse every year. Through my research over the years, I’ve learned that puberty, pregnancy, SAD/depression and indeed many traumas all cause hormonal shifts; all affect the brain and body composition; all can impact whether and when your lipedema switch is flipped.
What causes lipedema? JMO. After years of research, I’ve concluded that lymphedema is caused by a confluence of many factors: heredity, hormones, excess carbohydrates, and trauma. The trauma may be mental or physical, an accident/operation, or just the natural progressions in life such as puberty, pregnancy, or menopause. My older sister with the fuller figure got the lipedema shape during menopause; her daughter got full lipedema after her second pregnancy. My daughter got obese after her second pregnancy but she doesn’t have lipedema; my youngest granddaughter got heavier in her hips and thighs and maybe has lipedema after getting Depo Provera.
What is lipedema? People with lipedema usually have damaged lymph and circulatory systems . The lymph system helps the body eliminate wastes such as dead cells and toxins from the body. Lipedema is comprised of protein strands binding water and trapping these eliminated elements. Lipedema is not fat and therefore cannot really be dieted away.
Can lipedema be cured? Generally, the medical profession says no. I say lipedema can be greatly ameliorated by the use of low carb, herbal supplements, exercise, and the use of compression garments. Protein strands forming the lymphedema shape can be dissolved by use of The Fat Flush Plan or by taking serrapeptase supplements. Fat Flush was how I first lost my jodhpur thighs and second butt; I peed 15 pounds and 2 hips sizes off overnight. Serrapeptase was how I lost them again and keep them from reforming. Serrapeptase dissolves excess protein in the body, thus it dissolves those lipedemic protein strands and keeps them from reforming. Herbal supplements support the lymph, elimination systems, and circulation. Compression garments and regular exercise such as walking and swimming help the circulation and lymph systems eliminate excess fluid/toxins so they don’t further exacerbate your condition.
Last edited by Zuleikaa : Sun, Jan-09-22 at 09:52.