A consideration for the design of future RLD research.......... but until then I'm delighted to share this
It was five weeks since she finished her RLD treatments in the research and eight weeks since the other photograph was taken. She also rolled up her sleeve to show that the top of her arm was still looking good. This was where fluid had collected before taking part in the research, and (without a tape measure to prove it) there was no sign of visible swelling.
At the beginning of the study (9th January) she wore compression garments every day, a full sleeve and a glove. Since taking part, she has not worn either, and the swelling does not appear to have returned yet.
Although RLD is not a cure for secondary lymphoedema, early indications appear to suggest that it may well help to manage the condition.
We do not recommend that anyone stops wearing their sleeve.
Anecdotal evidence seems to suggest that the benefits of RLD may last for months in some cases, but this does vary from person to person. Many things affect the accumulation of lymph, usually it gradually builds up slowly before becoming noticeable.