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I had a mastectomy 6 months ago and haven't had problems with my arm until now. It's swollen from my fingers to my arm pitt and hurts- like a pinching feeling. What is this?

Christina Archambault Profile
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anonymous

Stage 2B Patient about 8 years
 
  • Tiffani Warila Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Sounds like lymphedema, it could develop at anytime due to missing lymph nodes. Ask your doctor about a compression sleeve and/or exercises that you can do to help move the fluid along. Also, try not to lift anything too heavy with that arm. You can FB me if you have any other questions. Hope you feel better soon!
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    I agree with Shelia, it sounds like you are developing lymphedema. Take care, Sharon
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    If you lost lymph nodes your doctors really should refer you for physical therapy because lymphedema is a real risk for the rest of your life, unfortunately. The compression sleeve or PT exercises should help.
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Christina Archambault Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    Hello ladies just an update ! I went to see an emerg doc and they thought is was an infection , then I went to see my physio and she told me its Axillary Web Syndrome ! Very common with breast cancer patients. It's getting much better in physio.
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Christina Archambault Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient
    What's that!
    about 8 years Flag
  • Shelia Combs Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Call you doctor this could be lymph edema
    about 8 years Comment Flag
  • Jill Culver Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Hi, Usually lymphedema does not hurt but is uncomfortable. If the area is red and warm it could be cellulitis. It would need treatment with antibiotics. If no infection then treat with compression and manual lymphatic massage. Get trained by a CLT and learn how reduce risk. Get well ! Jill
    about 8 years Comment Flag

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