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    Sunnydays asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Lymph distruptions

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      jad

      You should check with your doctor right away to rule out anything major.
      I had a lumpectomy a little over a year ago. A few months ago I started having some swelling in my foot and ankle. The ultrasound ruled out a clot, Have no idea what's causing it, so I'm living with it (it's not really bad), But you should go ahead and be tested to rule out any clot.

      about 3 years ago
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      dmholt1957

      they sent me for therapy and the therapist taught my husband how to give me a lymphatic massage to move my fluids and help it flow thru my body like it's suppose to. He does it every other day, maybe you need to check into it and see if they can do that for you. It really does make me feel a lot better after he moves my fluid around.

      about 3 years ago
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      gwendolyn

      I doubt this is related to your breast/axillary surgery. Please do call you doctor and get it checked out. It might be something serious causing fluid (not necessarily lymph fluid) to pool in your leg.

      about 3 years ago
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    Shingles after chemo?

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      sbreheny

      You should probably be treated by a neurologist. I was treated by valcyclovir right away for the shingles virus, plus gabapentin for the pain, which I took ongoing until the symptoms were completely gone. Chemo DEFINITELY reduces your immune system. You need the max treatment for the shingles. Go for it!!

      over 3 years ago
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      SDomiano

      shingles come from chickenpox, it doesn't have anything to do with our cancer

      over 3 years ago
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      Sunnydays

      Correct, cancer and shingles are not related but apparently going through chemo/radiation reduced our immune strength and puts us at risk for the shingles to develop. I had chickenpox as a child so apparently the chickenpox virus stays in our body and can at some point develop into shingles.

      Good news is I'm feeling much better each day and the rash is already lightening up. My spine hurts but my skin is not as sensitive. Still taking the anti-viral and I think it helped to reduce the symptoms and the rash. Thank you all for your support.

      over 3 years ago
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