Lipoedema Self Test - Do I have lipoedema?

Lipoedema Pinch Test

The Lipedema pinch test is a simple self-examination that individuals can perform to gauge whether they might have lipedema. It's important to note that the pinch test is not a definitive diagnostic method.
To perform the Lipedema pinch test yourself, gently pinch the skin and underlying tissue of the affected area—often the thighs or lower legs. The aim is to assess how the tissue feels. Lipoedema often changes the texture and pliability of the affected regions.
After the pinch, pay attention to how your skin and tissue respond. Are they painful? Do they feel different in texture compared to other areas?

The symptoms are always symmetrical.

  • Pressure pain
  • Touch sensitivity
  • dented and knotty skin
  • Feeling of heaviness in arms and legs

Pressure pain

Tissue affected by lipedema is ALWAYS painful! A doctor diagnoses lipedema using, among other things, the pressure test. So he grabs the sick thing a little more forcefully Tissue - if this hurts and the symptoms mentioned above are also present, it is most likely lipedema.

Touch sensitivity

When even a light touch is perceived as very unpleasant.

Dimpled and knotty skin

Nodules have formed in the subcutaneous fatty tissue that are very painful when pressure is applied. Dimpled skin has also formed because the entire structure underneath the skin has shifted. This is popularly known as cellulite (orange peel). If no pain are present, it is probably lipohypertrophy that does not require treatment.

Heavy arms and legs

Lipedema patients have a feeling of heaviness in their arms and legs, especially on warm days or after standing for a long time.

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