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Are there doctors that specialize in the lymphatic system? If so, what are they called?

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Are there doctors that specialize in the lymphatic system? If so, what are they called? For nearly 3 years, my wife (37 years) has had a hard time walking. We've been to many neurologists, including a few that specialize in movement disorders . . . no concrete answers. Recently, someone suggested her symptoms sounded like a problem with the circulation of her lymph fluids. He told her to jump on a mini trampoline for 2 minutes to get the fluids "pumping". She did so, got off the trampoline, and then walked perfectly . . . but it lasted only for about a week. After that, jumping did not help. Any thoughts?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.
Hello
Does she have swelling in the legs?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes, and painful on occasion, but not all the time. She's complained about having "big" legs, they appear as if retaining water, but it's been like that a long time.
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.
Ok
She wants to see a vascular specialist...this is often a surgeon..but they have an entire program to treat this..involving specialized massage, pressure garments, pressure devices, etc....or see first a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor for these treatments..if they all fail and this is lymph, surgery can be considered.

The PM&R doctor is an MD...physical medicine.

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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Does it appear to be lymphatic system, as opposed to neuorological? Any thoughts on why the mini trampoline worked for a week, but then didn't help any more.
Expert:  Dr. Thomas, MD replied 2 years ago.
Neurologists have not found anything
Lymph edema is not curable
And any single therapy will tend to stop working, that is why a program is needed.

This is all supportive of lymph edema.

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