• Arm Pain

    Asked by Beannie on Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Arm Pain

    I am having a lot of throbbing in my arm especially in the back of upper arm down to my fingers - feels achy and my hand feels stiff - little worried due to number of nodes removed and radiatione effects - any one having same issue or experience with potential lymphedema issues?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • leepenn's Avatar

      Ugh - that sounds like no fun! I had only one node removed for the sentinel node biopsy, and the change in how things felt under my arm and around my shoulder blade was SHOCKING. It was such a bizarre thing - sometimes it felt almost like pain... sometimes not... tons of phantom sensations - at times, I would SWEAR to you that I still had nipples. Quick visual check would confirm that they had not suddenly reappeared.

      If you are concerned about lymphedema - get evaluated right away! More can be done early on to prevent worsening on lymphedema... You can go get some measurements made... and perhaps some physical therapy as well as lymphedema massage. DON'T WAIT!

      I hope that helps. I wish you the best of luck...

      over 3 years ago
    • tweety's Avatar

      hi beannie i have the same problems mine is lympedema you may need to go to a lympedema teripist to have it wraped for a week or two and massages then after a week or two you may need to get a sleeve and a gauntlet. thats what i did i still have problems with sweeling i have to do exerices and massage everynight dont lay on that side at night because of the swelling causes your fingers to go numb make sure that arm dosent get to hot take warm showers not hot the heat makes the lymphedema worse make sure when you are sitting in a chair keep your arm elevated it helps the pain you may also wont to ask your dr about some pain meds good luck sending hugs and prayes your way

      over 3 years ago
    • Beannie's Avatar

      Thanks - yeah I am going to go ahead and get checked now while it is still early. I want to avoid any major issues in future if this is what is going on. I know that something is not rigtht with it. I appreciate your feedback. Helps to hear from people who are experiencing same thing. I unfortunately had 14 nodes removed so my risk is high especially with the radiation. One thing down and here comes another. I will survive all of this though!!

      over 3 years ago

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