Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Wendy Williams opens up about lymphedema diagnosis, shares photo from treatment

Wendy Williams recently returned to her talk show after a five-week break, catching fans up on all the latest happenings in her life, including her lymphedema diagnosis.

She talked to her audience about paparazzi photos that showed her swollen ankles.

“Lymphedema, by the way, I’ve been diagnosed,” she explained. “It’s not going to kill me, but I do have a machine — and how dare you talk about the swelling of it all.”

Hours ago, she shared a photo of herself connected to the Lymphedema machine and says she goes through the procedure for 45 minutes everyday.

Want to know more about this illness? read...

What is lymphedema?

It’s a lymph node disorder that causes swelling in the arms or legs, according to the Mayo Clinic. It occurs when there is blockage in the lymphatic system. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining properly, which leads to fluid buildup and eventually swelling.

What are the causes?

Lymphedema is most commonly caused by the removal or damage to lymph nodes as a result of cancer treatment, according to the Lymphatic Education & Research Network. It will occur in up to 50% of breast cancer survivors, and 100% of those with head and neck cancer.

It can also be hereditary, or it can be caused by Milroy’s disease, which occurs when lymph nodes form abnormally, or Meige’s disese, which occurs when lymphatic fluids build up.

What are the symptoms?

Common signs include swelling of part or all of your arm or leg. Patients also experience restricted range of motion, feeling of heaviness or tightness, aching, discomfort, and hardening and thickening of the skin, according to the Mayo Clinic.