• symptoms of lymphedema

    Asked by Abendintheroad on Wednesday, October 17, 2018

    symptoms of lymphedema

    I had nine lymph nodes removed during treatment. I finished radiation July 30 and last week my hand on the cancer side started swelling a little and there's a soft spot below my armpit. I have an appointment with my oncologist next Friday but wonder if there is anything I can do to keep it from getting worse. I going on a trip in two weeks and will be flying. Thanks for any help.

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    • sewfun928's Avatar
      sewfun928

      It could be lymphedema, I have it. If you go to,YouTube they have videos on how to do the drainage massage. I also go to a specialist, I have learned how to wrap my arm when it gets bad. Please make sure you have a sleeve and a glove for flying. Your oncologist should be able to write you a prescription for those. Good luck

      about 1 month ago
    • ChiSandy's Avatar
      ChiSandy

      Wear sunscreen & bug spray on exposed skin outdoors; try to avoid cooking burns, paper cuts, hot baths & showers, saunas, steam rooms, pet scratches or bites, hot tubs (or keep that arm outside the tub) till you get confirmation of LE. Ask for an LE specialist or at least therapy referral. And get measured or measure yourself for compression and buy it for ASAP delivery—practice donning & doffing it before the trip. How long is the flight?

      about 1 month ago
    • Abendintheroad's Avatar
      Abendintheroad

      The flight is only three hours but I don't want to take any chances. I've been looking at videos and practicing the drainage massage just in case. The strangest thing is that my arm is not swollen at all - just my hand from the wrist down.

      about 1 month ago
    • ChiSandy's Avatar
      ChiSandy

      Then wear the compression (glove rather than gauntlet if you can get one—
      Lymphedivas can do a rush order; though my fingers are too short for their gloves, which come in only one length). Do the massage as late as possible before getting dressed to leave. Put rings, watch & bracelets on the other hand.

      about 1 month ago

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