• 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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    • 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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