We’re not really sure about that, actually. I’m not stage 3, thankfully, because we can still make dents and stuff in my fibrosis/swelling. They didn’t start categorizing into stages until recently, so no one ever staged me. We think stage 2 though.
First off, sorry for the delay. I removed myself from electronics to do homework.
Lymphedema on its own doesn’t. The swelling can put strain on your body that definitely doesn’t interact well with existing or other health conditions, but it’s not enough to kill you on its own.
That’s not to say that lymphedema can’t have a hand in death. Take me, for example. My lymphedema caused two heart conditions when I was 11 that were life threatening. The swelling collapsed some important stuff and I had to have surgery to keep me from having a heart attack and dying. Decent treatment could have prevented my lymphedema from progressing out of my leg to cause the heart conditions. Decent treatment goes a long way with lymphedema.
There’s also a heightened risk for infection and illness. Lymphedema can have negative effects on your immune system. Again, I work as an example. Apparently, my life was at risk due to a severe infection in my leg when I was younger. 7 or so years old, actually. I only recently discovered this. (I was talking about the scar tissue left from the infection and my mother very calmly talked about how scary and life threatening that infection was.) My immune system couldn’t fight it and I was placed in a hospital bed in a sterile tent for several days. I recovered, of course. Some people with additional health problems or age as a factor, don’t. Phenomena can be risky too.
Amputation is really risky for lymphedema patients, no matter what anyone tells you. You’re at a higher risk for bleeding out when you have lymphedema. Plus, it doesn’t always get rid of the lymphedema, since that has to do with your lymph-nodes in addition to the limb.
Stage 3 can introduce tumors to the equation, which…are tumors and you need proper care there. Good care, definitely. Therapy can help prevent stage three though.
And actually, I’m not stage 3, but I have some tumors myself. I have them internally and externally. They’re called hemangiomas and are benign but they can rupture…and then they’re obviously not so benign. I have them all over my leg and ass and they’re very common with lymphedema patients. There’s one on my leg that changes colors often, especially when I’m sick or I’ve been walking a lot.
You probably didn’t want this long of an answer. Or to know anything to do with my ass. Sorry.
Thanks for the question!