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    jgoat01 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    lymphedema in hand

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      euphgirl

      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.

      over 2 years ago
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      Lindy

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

      over 2 years ago
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      Roadrunner

      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.

      over 2 years ago
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    Working on getting infection gone. Getting better daily.

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      rtburg

      Healing is slow work. I had a problem with my port leaking, which caused a chemical burn, and am taking prophylactic IV antibiotics weekly while waiting for it to heal. It has been a month and I'm still in the process of healing. Hope yours heals faster!

      over 3 years ago
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    body rejects expanders

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      ld_105

      I have one implant and it healed after surgery, no problem. I recently had fat transfer to fix a concave chest and drooping implant. The look is much better. I read before the initial surgery that both implant and flap surgeries require fixes eventually, so fixes are expected. Sorry to hear you have had problems with infections, just wait until you are ready and see if a diep flap is for you. Ydnar2xer, too funny, my students do the twerking and film themselves, a long way from the Twist, the Jerk, and the Swim.

      over 3 years ago
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      rtburg

      Is the infection gone? Are you better now?

      over 3 years ago
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      calerievole

      Yes, this happened to me. I endured several infections and hospitalizations before I had them removed. After I retired to Florida I learned from my new docs at Moffitt, that expanders do not work on radiated tissue. Wish my previous surgeon and plastic surgeon were aware of this.

      over 3 years ago
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    jgoat01 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    latissimus flap complications

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      debsweb18

      Is it the skin or muscle where you're having the problems? What is your dr doing about it?
      I didn't have to have an expander. I had an immediate implant. I had one area that oozed a little. Radiated skin can cause all sorts of problems even when attached to good skin. I was put on more Antibiotics and silver sulfa cream. It's doing fine now. Recovery has taken a lot longer than I expected. It's been almost 4 weeks and I'm still not ready to go back to work yet.
      I hope they can correct your problem without too much work.

      over 3 years ago