After a suggestion from a reader I created this page to put some light on what triggers Primary Lymphedema to break out. Sometimes it is present from Birth and other times something causes it to start, although it was probably always lurking in the back due to a genetic defect. An accident waiting to happen.
Knowing what causes it doesn't really make any difference but I feel it could be interesting to know what triggered others Primary Lymphedema.
My own came at the age of 36 after loading a heavy shoppingbag onto the basket on my bicycle. Something happened in my back – there was a sound and great pain. I think this is what caused the Lymphedema to break out but I can't know for sure. I noticed the swelling a few days later. After the back injury I went to my chiropractor to be sorted out and she did some acupuncture on my back for the pain, perhaps that's what triggered it, who knows.
Anyway, I have also heard of insectbites triggering Lymphedema. Most seem to come out of nowhere though.
If you have Primary Lymphedema, what triggered it? Or was yours present from Birth?