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    Arm pain

    Asked by Lgb on Sunday, February 17, 2013

    Arm pain

    I had lumpectomy with 12 nodes removed Nov 2012. I have not had problems till last week. When I try to straighten my arm on affected side it feels tight like a rubber band about ready to break from my armpit to wrist with worst around elbow. No swelling, redness, or fever. Has anyone else experienced this?

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      Lgb

      Thanks everyone. I see my surgeon tomorrow

      about 8 years ago
    • LeslieR's Avatar
      LeslieR

      Look into a condition called "cording" of the tendins. Like rubber bands, I had it after my mastectomy until my reconstruction surgery.

      about 8 years ago
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      Benge

      I saw my physical therapist and she explained it all to me. It's Axillary Web Syndrome and the doctors don't know for sure why some women gets it! I could not stretch my arm all the way anymore. She pulled on several cords and they popped. She will be doing that a couple of more times and gave me a lot of stretches to do. I can stretch my arm all the way now after just one treatment. It was painful, but so worth it! I wish they could have tested the lymph nodes a different way than taking them out. It messes up your lymph system and you have to watch the affected arm for the rest of your life that you don't get any infections.

      about 8 years ago

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