• if my mom has lymphoma in her stomach then why is it affecting her right arm.Her arm is swelling and she can't even hold a pencil.

    Asked by juanita on Thursday, February 21, 2013

    if my mom has lymphoma in her stomach then why is it affecting her right arm.Her arm is swelling and she can't even hold a pencil.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar
      nancyjac

      That sounds like lymphedema, a side effect of many cancer treatments. She needs to report this to her oncologist because if it is lymphedema, she will need to start wearing a compression sleeve.

      over 4 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar
      geekling

      There are lymph nodes all over the body. It is actually called the lymphatic system. Think of it like your kitchen drain. There are lots of places in the piping for a clog to occur but it appears to you right at the juncture by the sink. The lymph both clears away garbage for the body and traps unwanted garbage. Sometimes discarding through tear ducts and sometimes via sweat and other routes also. At the same time the lymphatic system is a kitchen drain, it is also the dudes who appear in trucks to take away the refuse. Pile the trash up too high and the lymph (the refuse collector) either gets stuck in one place for a long while or passes your pile by completely, perhaps with intent to get back to the pile but the system (the trash collector) is busy. Your Mom does need to speak with her doc. There are other simple remedies which may help. There is a type of (light touch) lymph massage which helps to clear the system and there are poltices made of natural foods which can help declog/unswell the lymph. Let me know if you have interest and I will provide more information about the non pharmaceutical assists for your Mom to try.

      over 4 years ago

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