What a relief to have your daughter's condition finally diagnosed. Though I am not a teenager by far
, i do know what it is to have LE. I've had it for 5 years, and all I can say is time...time will help your daughter...and you, mom, in accepting this diagnosis and learning how to live well with it. As this can all be overwhelming, keep in mind that your daughter has lymphedema....it does not have her; it does not have to become her life.
As far as the nausea and diarrhea go...I work for my therapist and have heard her mention many times about taking therapy slow with new lymphedema patients for that very reason. Massage therapy is wonderful and necessary, but what is happening is all of the toxins that have been accumulating over the years are being stirred up and the body is getting rid of it. As therapy continues and the toxins break up and leave the body, there will be less toxins, therefore less nausea and diarrhea. Have you mentioned this to your daughter's therapist? He/she could maybe ease up a little in the intensity of the sessions or space them out a little more. Some people have trouble reacting to the toxins and others not so much. Everyone is unique, even when it comes to lymphedema. Also, several small meals a day is easier on the system rather than 3 heavier meals...depending on what your lifestyle is. Drinking lots of water is important as well as it helps flush the toxins out of the body more readily.
On the upside, how wonderful that your daughter is responding so well to therapy! YEAH!!
That is fabulous! And how blessed your daughter is to have her mom beside her, cheering her on and being her support. Keep up the good work, mom, and be sure and take care of yourself too.