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    Side Effects (Lymphedema): This was not on my radar..... anywhere.... silent and apparently quite a nasty thing to deal with.... So this is What's Next for me!

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    BeckyTice asked a questionColorectal (Colon) Cancer

    Cancer and Lymphedema

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      LymphActivist

      BoiseB--The general consensus is that Lasix is NOT good for lymphedema. Lasix is used to reduce liquids from the entire body, and is useful if your whole body is bloated. But lymphedema secondary to cancer treatment is usually localized, and removal of the water from the lymphedematous limb leaves a high protein fluid which, for reasons which are well understood and I will not get into here, brings MORE fluid and more swelling to the area to dilute the protein. And if left untreated, the lymphedema causes a build-up of collagen and fat which become permanent. Please have your PCP consider taking you off the Lasix unless it is necessary to treat some other condition, and send you to a specially-trained and certified lymphedema therapist who can start you on lymphedema treatment.

      13 days ago
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      BoiseB

      Thank you Lymph Activists. I need to see my PCP soon however there are so many thing I would rather do. I am a World Champion Procrastinator. I am in need of some pain management referrals and both my oncologists suggested that my medications need to be readjusted because I have had sudden weight gain without changing my eating habits. Do you have any links I could follow. I want to go to my Dr. well-informed

      13 days ago
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      BoiseB-- You might want to read my review at http://www.lymphactivist.org/review-mortimer_and_rockson-2014.php and follow some of the links. Print out the review and give it to your PCP. They might want an update on lymphedema too.

      13 days ago