New Mexico Lipedema & Lymphedema Support is a gathering of like bodied ladies in NM that have lipedema, lymphedema, Dercum's, and other adipose tissue disorders.  Our goal is to create a face to face community in New Mexico where we can support each other, share experiences and resources, and co-create solutions.  

Lipedema Information


What is Lipedema?

Informational brochure from The Lipedema Foundation

Ladies that are diagnosed with Lipedema may also have lymphema, Dercum's Disease, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Mast Cell Disorders, Fibromyalgia and other co-morbidities


If Your Body Looks Like This, You May Have Lipedema

Symptoms of Lipedema

  • Weight is gained disproportionately on hips and thighs and below knee. This is usually bilateral (affects both sides) and symmetrical (occurs evenly)
  • The feeling of fatty ‘nodules’ underneath the skin
  • Bruising occurs easily and is often unexplained
  • Legs are sensitive to touch
  • Deep throbbing pain in legs, pain in knee joints
  • Legs feel heavy and swell throughout the day 
  • Fat on legs looks dimpled like “orange peel “ and legs may feel cold to the touch
  • Lipedema fat does not respond to dieting


How Is Lipedema Diagnosed?

Nearby Physicians that evaluate and diagnose Lipedema - Dr. Kristina Sanchez at Innova Vein & Vascular in ABQ and Dr. Karen Herbst at the University of Arizona in Tucson

Video from the Fat Disorders Resource Society


Living with Lipedema?

Ladies with lipedema are encouraged to: 

  • Improve Lymphatic Flow through Manual Lymph Drainage and other therapies
  • Reduce Inflammation through diet and lifestyle changes
  • MOVE! Movement/Exercise get the lymphatics flowing
  • Manage Pain
  • Get Emotional Support


Lipedema Care Goals & Treatments

Links Coming Soon

If you are diagnosed with Lipedema or suspect you may have it, we are here to support you!


Social & Emotional Support

We are here for you!  We have monthly Support Group Meetings (see below). Members can also access meetings remotely.  We will be planning fun events and outings - come join us!  Subscribe below for more information. We are also available anytime through email for questions , assistance and support.


2020 Support Group Meeting Schedule

Share the burden with people who understand. 

The Support Group meets in-person in Santa Fe or ABQ usually on the third Saturday of the month. Our next  meeting for 2020 will be held on March 21, 2020 at The Pantry DOS in Santa Fe.  RSVP at  or Email us for more info!


Sign up for information about our support group and Lipedema resources in New Mexico

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