• Lymph question: I had a complete dissection and removal of all nodes in my left auxillary area (armpit) and lately it has been feeling sore.

    Asked by StrongSteph on Monday, October 1, 2012

    Lymph question: I had a complete dissection and removal of all nodes in my left auxillary area (armpit) and lately it has been feeling sore.

    Does anyone have any ideas for relief?

    4 Answers from the Community

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      Feels strange, doesn't it? Crazy how those lymph nodes are important to sensation and so on. I didn't have pain - I had a ton of numbness. And,it slowly but surely lessened. I had only one lymph node out... Just one...

      For chronic pain - how long has it been since your surgery? Seems like it's been quite a long time, if I'm reading your profile correctly. So, it seems like it might be a good idea to talk to a pain specialist of some kind. My first thoughts are acupuncture and physical therapy as possibilities. How is your range of motion? Seems like having those nodes out is somewhat similar to what a lot of breast cancer patients face. So, I wonder if some of that knowledge could be applied to you.

      I've read that topical capsaicin might be effective...

      Definitely, if you're dealing with chronic pain as you describe, talking with your health care providers is in order.

      I'm so sorry you are dealing with this pain. Stinks.

      Best wishes - I hope you are able to find some good answers that help your pain improve.

      about 4 years ago
    • daca1964's Avatar

      I had a sac of 30 lymph taken out and have no feeling whats so ever now they had to cut throw the nerves but I did have some soreness and numbness and now nothing after a year of healing. So I have no feeling from my elbow to my armpits it's very strange and very hard to shave if you know what I mean. It's something you'll get use to. Good Luck.

      about 4 years ago
    • AndreaS13's Avatar

      I had most of my lymph nodes removed from my auxillary area also. If you're healed from surgery, you may want to consider massage therapy with someone who knows what they are doing! My massage therapist was instrumental in helping my arm pit getting "de-sensitized". Also beware you're going to want to punch them when they get in there! It's also good to run different textures across the area to desensitize it as well.

      about 4 years ago
    • Cricket's Avatar

      I only had three removed, but I was so scared to move my arm around that I actually made the pain worse. I went to see my dr and he said that I was "babying" the area too much and to keep moving my arm regularly. That worked and my arm started feeling better. I have had numbness in the area, but most of that is gone now . It has been 19 months since my surgery

      about 4 years ago

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