Swelling is a frustrating, sometimes painful, aspect of many short-term and chronic health issues. Ultimately swelling is rooted in temporary disruption or permanent damage to your lymphatic system.
Sometimes it’s a tell-tale symptom of an underlying problem. Other times swelling itself is the primary issue.
Swelling in your leg or arm -- or anywhere in the body for that matter -- is triggered in these ways:
Lymphedema is chronic, progressive swelling in your body's tissues. Most people develop lymphedema following trauma, surgery or disease; some are born with it.
Lipedema is a chronic condition of lymphatic dysfunction with abnormal accumulation of fat affecting women. It's activated with hormonal events -- puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) is a common swelling condition that develops with age, weight gain, and as a result of other health issues. It's treatable and manageable at all stages.
Swelling is a hitchhiker along for the ride when you have certain health conditions, especially diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, ulcers, cancers, poor leg circulation and obesity.
Whether it's scheduled or emergent following a mishap, your body experiences trauma, inflammation and acute swelling after surgery.