• lymphedema in hand

    Asked by jgoat01 on Sunday, June 28, 2015

    lymphedema in hand

    I had a right masectomy with 9 nodes removed feb 2013. I am blessed to say I'm pregnant with my first baby and now that I'm due in 6 days my right hand is swelling pretty bad. Does anyone know any hand exercises I can do to reduce the swelling?

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      I do not know about exercises, but congrats on the upcoming birth of your baby!!! How very exciting!

      almost 6 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      R I C E Rest Ice Compression Elevation.

      Call your oncologist for suggestions and make sure your pediatrician knows... you could get a lymph massage. It is a very light touch.

      You might be a tablespoon low on vitamin K3 in which case a small bit of natto (a Japanese fermented edible) will calm things down.

      You need to be sure it isn't a blood clot of some sort.

      Best wishes. I hope your baby is hale and healthy.

      almost 6 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar

      Congratulations! This is such good news! I was shown lymphedema exercises during PT but there are some very good videos on lymphatic massages on youtube. Take care and let us know how it goes.

      almost 6 years ago
    • msesq's Avatar

      Wonderful news about the baby! Use your compression garment and if that doesn't work try lymphatic massage.

      almost 6 years ago
    • mofields' Avatar

      Raise your affected arm up until your elbow is shoulder high and take a squeezable ball and squeeze it for 15 minutes then rest. Repeat 3x, You can rest your elbow on a pillow if you can't hold your arm up like that for the entire length of time. Do this at least 2-3 times a day until the swelling goes away. If it doesn't, then you will probably need to see a professional. This was one of the exercises I was given after my mastectomy.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Lanage's Avatar

      My main lymphedema problem area is the back of my right hand. I have a compression sleeve and glove with a pocket in the back of the hand to hold a foam pad to apply extra pressure to that area. It really helps. That probably won't help you in the next six days, but it's something to keep in mind. I'd take ld_105's advice and look for stretch videos on Youtube. Congratulations on the approaching arrival of your baby! That's very exciting. I hope the hand issues won't detract too much from your joy of this miracle. God bless you.

      almost 6 years ago
    • raven's Avatar

      I am reluctant to even suggest this to someone that is 9 months pregnant, feel free to disregard if it sounds as uncomfortable to you as it does to me. Rebounding (jumping on a mini tramp). The theory is that the split second of weightlessness at the top of the jump helps with lymphedema. Google it for more info.

      almost 6 years ago
    • euphgirl's Avatar

      Two simple exercises that help me:
      1. Stretch fingers open then close tight into a fist then release. Repeat 25 times.
      2. Do this right after #1 above. Straighten your arm out in front of you. Bend at the elbow and touch your shoulder. Return to the open position. Repeat 25 times.
      Sometimes I repeat the cycle for a total of 50 reps. It seems to bring down the swelling in my hands and fingers.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      Need medical appraisal, lymphedema can cause infection so see doc, then if recommended get appropriate therapy. Blessings to you & the wee one.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Roadrunner's Avatar

      Congratulations........what wonderful news to bring to this board. I am so excited for you.....please post pictures of this precious angel when you can. Oh, had to go back and look at your question as got excited that you are having a baby........check with your doctor or a physical therapist. One thing anyone can do at any time is take the hand from the non cancer side and put it on the armpit of your affected side. This helps the lymph system drain. Don't apply pressure....just put your hand there for a few minutes. This was in my "Time To Heal" class/book. This is one thing if I am on the phone I can take a few minutes to do and know it is helping me.

      almost 6 years ago

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