• Lymphedema

    Asked by debsweb18 on Friday, March 22, 2013


    I haven't had problems with lymphedema yet. I wore a compression sleeve on a flight last week for prevention. On the return trip (today), I had to put the sleeve on 4 hours before my flight. Just before the flight I noticed my hand was swollen so I took it off. No problems with lymphedema and my hand is almost back to normal. Does anyone else have this problem with a compression sleeve? Any suggestions?

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    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I have Lymphedema. I went through the Compression Bandage Therapy to reduce the swelling -- then I was fitted for a sleeve and glove which I am supposed to wear all the time. I did wear it at first -- but then I found that the sleeve seemed to make my hand swell even more. There is another lady in my town that has found the same thing. So, I am not wearing my sleeve. Yes, my hand is swollen. This past week, I have been faithful to the Lymphedema Exercises and my husband has been doing the Lymphatic Massage on my arm such as he saw the Therapist do -- and I am seeing an improvement. I have been told to be sure to wear the sleeve when I fly.
      Keep a watch and let your doctor know -- it is better to catch it at the early stage than to have to treat it later like I did. Good Luck,

      over 7 years ago
    • CountryGirl's Avatar

      I have a glove that ends about 1/2 way between my wrist and elbow. Most days, it meets my needs. I cannot wear a sleeve alone. Do you do exercises to increase flow of fluids out of the hand?

      over 7 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      You may never need the sleeve. Talk to your doctor about it. But, I never need to use it. I do however do the recommended stretches and try to do Zumba a few times a week. That really good sweat I get seems to be the trick, it keeps the fluids moving and actually helps overall. I also take tamoxifen so that can cause fluid in ankles and feet. I find the exercise is key. Keep the limbs moving and the fluids won't build up as much. Some folks do have more nodes taken out and it is harder to stretch at first, but this therapy is so important. I have to admit I haven't flown yet, but you were right to follow the instruction first. I think the sleeve in some cases prevents flow of fluid and cuts off circulation, let the doctor know, maybe you won't even need it. Best to you! Deb

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      My hand swelled when I first started wearing my sleeve. Go back to the person who prescribed your lymphedema sleeve. You probably need a glove to wear with your sleeve so fluids don't pool in your hand.

      over 7 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      I was referred to a physical therapist who specializes in lymphedema issues. I had the massage then was given instruction on how to do the massage myself and also some exercises and also a sleeve and a gauntlet (which looks like a glove where the fingers only go about half way down my fingers). I was wearing the sleeve and gauntlet every day but found that I really didn't need it every day. I do a lot of computer and ten-key calculator work so on days when I know there will be a greater amount of that repetitive activity I wear the garments but otherwise I just wear them (without fail) when I fly. Now I just see the physical therapist for maintenance, so to speak. I go every six months and she takes measurements, does the massage and inspects my garments. I think Gwendolyn is right - I think you should look into a glove. As a matter of fact, I recall the physical therapist telling me that I should wear the glove if I wear the sleeve.

      over 7 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      Thanks for all of the replies. I bought my sleeve from an LE PT specialist. Since I haven't had lymphedema, I bought it to wear only when I fly. What exercises do you do to keep the fluids flowing from the hand? I guess I need to call the PT.

      over 7 years ago

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