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    Steph921 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Pain at site of lymph node dissection years after surgery

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      Charnellf

      My axillary lymph node dissection was 3/3/14. Still have severe pain in the area and limited mobility. I did the lymphodema therapy plus more therapy. Had another surgery to see why pain was so bad. Nothing was found. Had 3 nerve blocks with great success. Starting therapy again.

      10 months ago
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      MelanieIIB

      I had a mastectomy and axillary lymph node dissection in Nov. 2012. I have lymphedema. It is an on-going, life-long problem. Under my arm is feeling tight again even though I have been doing some manual lymph drainage all these years as well as having some therapy from a lymphedema therapist. I strongly suggest you see a certified lymphedema therapist. You will need a "prescription" from your doctor to go. Make sure it is not just a physical therapist because if it is lymphedema, you should be measured for a compression sleeve as well. There are certain exercises and manual lymph drainage massage regular therapists don't usually know about that they need to teach you to do yourself. Sometimes even your doctor won't recognize it as lymphedema. Some in the medical community think your arm has to be significantly larger than the unaffected arm in order to be lymphedema, and that is not true. Lymphedema starts out with minimal swelling and as it progresses, there is more swelling and sometimes your arm will never go back to its original size. I'm not trying to scare you, but just wanting you to know it is nothing to ignore.

      10 months ago
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      Melanie gave you very good advice.

      10 months ago
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    Steph921 asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Does anyone understand HIPPA?

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      Kathy1

      Cobra is very expensive. I would suggest looking at the ACA or Obamacare for coverage until your new policy goes into effect. There is no more worries about preexisting conditions that was taken care of with the ACA. HIPPA is your privacy rights and does not effect your coverage. I wish someone would publish a health insurance book for dummies....sure would help. Good luck in yur new job!

      over 1 year ago
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      Nursesknow

      I bought insurance for 4 months in between the last job and this one. I went online to the marketplace, the federal website and it send me to the state website. I found out later I could have gone directly to the insurance company since I aid cash. It was 395 per month and it was good coverage through MODA, a company in Oregon. It was hundreds less than COBRA.

      over 1 year ago
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      barbdee

      Affordable Care Act is the official name, Obamacare is the nickname or slang.

      over 1 year ago