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    "Cording"

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      Bengal

      I don't know about "cording" but I do know I had pain, inflexibility and restricted movement. PT helped alot (start off slowly and gently). Swimming (warm water!) has been the best therapy I've found to get things stretched out and working properly again

      5 months ago
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      Mary1313

      I had it to the point that I couldn’t fully extend my arm. Physical therapy was excellent to get the cords stretched and softened.

      5 months ago
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      Dawsonsmom

      I had cording after BMX, stretching & massage helped immensely and now 8 weeks post op I am close to my pre-op range of motion and little pulling when I raise my arms.

      5 months ago
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      tlalex

      I experienced cording almost immediately after my lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. My surgeon just said he nicked a nerve and it would take about six months to resolve. It got worse and went from armpit to elbow and then extended all the way to my wrist. I had to research myself to discover what it was-there’s not a lot out there. When I went to MDAnderson for radiation I couldn’t put my arm over my head for the body mold, the radiation oncologist sent me to physical therapy with their PT specially trained for lymph/cancer patients. It only took a few sessions for her to ‘unlock’ my arm. I got to continue with her throughout my treatments and she helped to insure I’d have full range of my arm and worked up a short routine for me to to do everyday ‘forever’ to ensure I wouldn’t get shoulder freeze or lymphedema due to the radiation in the future. (I was also having some issues with Piriformis Syndrome in my hip and she helped with that too!) I consider cording a blessing because it got me help I think every breast cancer patient should be entitled to. Ask for it-fight for it!-and BE SURE they are lymphedema specialized.

      5 months ago
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      mwfd

      I had cording seven years ago after a lumpectomy. My occupational therapist who had additional training for cording and lymphedema treated me for several months. He also gave me stretching exercises to do at home. Hope you can get some help soon.

      5 months ago
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      Lisamoses

      I experienced cording about 2 months after my lumpectomy. Armpit all the way down to wrist. Had several sessions of pt and it did go away. Here I am, about 4 months later and for some reason the cording came back- again armpit all the way down to wrist . Very hard to extend the arm straight from the elbow down. Seeing my PT again. The only thing that occurred in the time that it was better until now is my port removal (same side as cording). Coincidence?

      5 months ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Sentinel lymph node biopsy): Experienced "cording" in arm on effected side

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