Lymphatic Drainage; Moving the moon face?

Prednisone, itp, beauty, treatment, symptoms

One of the worst side effects from taking Prednisone every day is the fact that slowly over time, your face will become round and puffy and slightly dumb looking. I, unfortunately, have this exact face. Starting with the round face I got from my mother, it has gotten considerably worse in the last year two years.

I had heard the words lymphatic drainage being used in different circles but always thought of it more as an indulgence than a beauty remedy.  After a little investigation, I started to think that perhaps there is something here for itp sufferers, not just as a means to move the moon face, but also as a flushing out of the lymph System that functions with the spleen

 I felt like I had been tricked . . .

1. So how many of you really knew your Spleen is part of your lymph system? Not me.

2. How many people have been told that their spleen is playing a huge part in their ITP? Me, I was.

3. Could Lymphatic Drainage be more than just a short-term beauty therapy?Prednisone, itp, beauty, treatment, symptoms

Because of the changes in my salt retention due to taking Prednisone, I knew that more fluid was being stored on my body.  So perhaps Lymphatic drainage is the answer?  I decided to head down to Ella Bache and check out what this whole thing was all about.  $80 later I am little confused.

Firstly, I did not notice any aesthetic, physical or emotions changes after my first treatment.  In fact I would go so far as to say I felt worse ( And not in a toxins flushing, about to feel healthy kind of way)  I felt like I had been tricked into getting a really long massage by a woman who had lazy hands and did not want to touch my face, who then charged me twice as much as a massage could cost – But the whole thing wasn’t covered by my health insurance because it is not even classed as medicine.

Overall I still think that eating well, drinking plenty of water and doing regular exercise is the key to looking good. I am, however keen to hear of anyone that has been using it in relation to their ITP. I am willing to experiment with more visits if there is a for a good reason. Any suggestions? Should I go back?

by Meg

Meghan Brewster is a writer and blogger. She is an ITP patient and launched ITP&Me in 2011. She is a coffee lover and a try hard dancer. @meghan_brewster

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