It is an abnormal enlargement of a part of the body, typically as a result of an accumulation of fluid.
Swelling can occur whenever the organs, skin, or other parts of your body enlarge. It is typically the result of inflammation or a buildup of fluid.
Treatment of swelling depends upon the cause and there are three types of swelling that can occur with FM:
- Diffuse swelling, interstitial edema, which is idiopathic edema.
- Localized swelling takes place around a lymph node from chronic infection, as seen in many chronic fatigue/ME patients.
- Swelling from myofascial entrapment of lymph and blood vessels.
Lymph node swelling should be discussed with your doctor so he/she can help you identify an underlying chronic infection and treat it appropriately when possible.
Swelling from myofascial entrapment by trigger points (TrPs) located in close proximity to lymph and blood vessels is best treated by myofascial trigger point therapies, including myofascial bodywork and trigger point injections.
You may find the following tips and therapies helpful:
- Movement - movement improves circulation of both blood and lymph fluid. Try to avoid static positioning for any prolonged period
- Vodder Manual Lymphatic Massage/Drainage
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Trager Work
- Spray and Stretch
- Myofascial Release
- Active Release Therapy
- Alexander Technique
- Massage Therapy
*Caution: Any therapy that manipulates body tissue, including exercise and movement, releases the byproducts, toxins, into your blood stream. Drink plenty of water to help move the toxins out.
Be sure to clear any of these therapies with your physician.