• Had anyone experience under arm swelling that does not go away after having had an axillary dissection?

    Asked by lamyrasp on Tuesday, September 18, 2012

    Had anyone experience under arm swelling that does not go away after having had an axillary dissection?

    I had this surgery 8-9-11. I continued to have swelling...about the size of a tangerine...for more than a year. On 8-30-12 I had another surgery to try to get rid of this swelling. Had a drain again for about two weeks. The site became somewhat inflamed...drain was removed....I took Cipro for 5 days and the inflamation is ok now, but the swelling remains about the same.
    Has anyone else had this experience? and is this just something I will need to accept? My breast on this surgical side is also larger now than the other side....which seems a little contradictory considering they removed a small portion. Am sure it is just fluid there as well.

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Didn't your docs tell you about lymphadema? It's when your arms, armpits, etc. hurt because of a build up of lymph fluid. Anyone who has had a mastectomy can be a candidate for lymphadema--one day or 30 years after surgery. the best thing to do is to avoid getting it in the first place. You might visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZW58NoVrio&feature=related to see how massage might help. Good luck.

      about 4 years ago
    • PaulineJ's Avatar

      I had surgery on July 30th ...Lump in breast.Was swollen and red since.Then I had lymp noyds underarm pit taken out and I was swollen i both places since.Surgeon drained the fluid in the armpit,Not as swollen ,but hasn't fully gone away..So I do have the same problem and don't know the next step.Hope someone does come up with some answers ,also on being larger on one side then the other.

      about 4 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      Could be lymphedema. Go to .stepup-speakout.org for an excellent self education. I have lymphedema in my chest, arm, side, back after a modified radical, failed due to infection reconstruction, full axillary dissection. Kineseo taping works best for me, good luck, lymphedema often under recognized/treated. Lin

      about 4 years ago
    • lamyrasp's Avatar

      Thank you luv2knit944 and Lindy. It is good to know that someone else has had this same experience. Certainly I knew about lymphedema, but thought it only applied to swelling of the arm and hand.
      I am going to make an appointment with my surgeon and talk about what options, if any, there are. Am thinking if it is lymphedema there is not much to be done. I initially tried binding with an ace bandage, but to no avail. That was after my initial surgery. Have not tried it after this one.
      Will let you know what I learn after my next appointment.
      Thank you both very much.

      about 4 years ago

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