Welcome to our group! I too suffered 15 years, from DVT's (deep vein thrombosis) & numerous blood clots. The damage from the DVT's created my LE...
My leg exercises are done from seated position or laying on the bed ~ will try to explain.
In bed: lay on back, pull stomach muscles down towards your back & move both legs towards opposite sides of bed (like a scissor). When you get stronger, try raising your legs off the bed & do the same thing.
For now...I can only move one leg at a time, but it has improved my walking a bit.
Many of my 'seated exercises' come from a CD from the Arthritis Foundation - called: Taking Control of Exercise. If you can still find a copy, it's well worth having one! As it works the upper body & legs from a seated position, then a standing position & last from a laying down position. I have only mastered the first option.
From chair: roll legs forward, up onto balls of feet and then back onto heels of feet (repeat 10X).
Facing forward - legs bent & knees together, move one leg to side of chair (keeping same form)...this helps in getting into & out of vehicles.
Stretch legs out in front of you - gently raising one leg & hold, then lower & repeat with other leg. After they become stronger, lift both at same time.
Upper body ~ I do many stretching exercises from a seated position with both my hands & arms. They help with flexibility in my upper torso. Some of the finger exercises help with opening doors easier or opening food jars.
I have one exercise where I twist my body - sit tall & with right arm held up & out in front of you (shoulder height), pull it across your body & reach out as far as you can to left side (repeat other side). This really helps when changing lanes, when driving & improves the ability to look from side to side.
If you are receiving physical therapy for your LE, ask them for exercises. I will have to see if I can find a copy of mine.
Also, do you perform your own MLD massage? I do this every morning to help control the amount of engorged fluid in my legs. Every bit helps relieve some of the pain, that is a constant in my life.
Another idea & wonderful source: lymphedemapeople.com
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