- Wendy Williams shared a photo to Instagram of her lymphedema treatment.
- The host shared news of her lymphedema diagnosis with The Wendy Williams Show viewers last week.
- Lymphedema is a chronic disorder due to an impaired lymphatic system and commonly causes swelling in the legs and arms.
Wendy Williams has brought her fans and The Wendy Williams Show viewers along with her as she deals with health struggles. She continued her real-talk as she begins treatment for lymphedema.
Wendy, 54, posted a photo to Instagram showing her lying on a couch and hooked up to the Flexitouch Plus system. In the caption she shared a bit more about her daily treatment: "Just Wendy with lymphedema machine. 45min every day. #lymphedema#flexitouch #gethelp"
The talk show host mentioned the machine when she revealed her lymphedema diagnosis on air last week. “I’ve got it under control. If [the swelling] in my feet never goes all the way down, at least I have this machine,” she shared with her audience. “I sit for 45 minutes a day. It’s the best party entertainer ever. Everybody [that] comes over wants to do it.”
So, what does this machine actually do? It is a pneumatic compression device, per the website, that stimulates the lymphatic system and offers a way for patients to manage their symptoms. The leg sleeves feature air chambers that inflate and deflate in "a wave-like motion that directs lymph fluid from areas of impaired lymphatic function toward healthy regions of the body where it can be absorbed and processed naturally" per the website.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), lymphedema is a type of swelling that typically happens in the arms and legs. This happens, per the NLM, when there is inadequate lymph drainage in the body and lymphatic fluid, which contains white blood cells, builds up under the skin.
Some causes of lymphedema include infection, scar tissue pertaining to the lymph nodes, inherited lymph node issues, or cancer. According to the NLM, treatments, including Wendy's compression machine, can help control symptoms.
Here's hoping Wendy's treatment keeps going well.
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