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What exercises are recommended after an ancillary lymphnode dissection? I had my lymphnodes taken out on Wednesday but no one advised me as to what exercises I should do. I'm 45 and lymphedema scares the bejeevers out of me.

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stage_2a Patient 10 days
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  • Betti A Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2013
    I had a consult with an occupational therapist who gave me some exercises to do and also watched a video in my hospital room. I recall there is no heavy lifting for a period of time. Talk with your team and find out what you should and shouldn't be doing. I was leery last fall when I had carpal tunnel surgery as they have to use a tourniquet. I did ask the Surgeon and he was OK with it and put it at my elbow rather than my shoulder. One may never get lymphedema and then it can occur years later so one must be diligent always (at least I am).
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      anonymous
      stage_2a Patient

      Thank you so much for all of your help!

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  • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2014
    After my surgery it was found that half the nodes taken were cancerous ! I was told to keep my skin moisturised with cream, always were a glove while gardening . Don't carry heavy items on that arm . I always massage my arm and also raise it in the air to help with draining . Go to a physio or occupational therapist. And check What's the best exercise for you is .. or check into you nearest Lymphodeama centre check on line !! Also you can be measured by a professional for a Compression sleeve , a compression sleeve is like what burns victim wear ......... My arm was doing well till I started my radiation !! When it started filling with fluid . I'm careful not to "hurt" it and I massage it myself and wear my sleeve some of the time .... but it's quite hot and I live in a hot country! Don't worry too much , to just have to learn to live with and around it !! I work full time in a very physical and sometime dangerous area with no real issues !! So talk to your GP Good luck.
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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I was told not to raise my arm above my head for a period of time also to give the area time to heal properly. I was to slowly walk my arm up a wall and start at a lower level and work up to above my head.

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    • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2014

      I wasn't told that Betti ......

      And to do both areas of my radiation , under the armpit and on the ex breast area .

      I had to raise my arm and place my hand above my head.......and that was how I was placed every day for 24 sessions..... I don't...

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      I wasn't told that Betti ......

      And to do both areas of my radiation , under the armpit and on the ex breast area .

      I had to raise my arm and place my hand above my head.......and that was how I was placed every day for 24 sessions..... I don't believe that this was a factor in my Lymphodeama....
      There were other factors , and maybe even. ...... Pure dumb luck !!! ::))

      So everyone's treatment plans are different .... and that's the best part of this site
      Is to share different ideas , treatment plans and results.
      . Hopefully to ease other people concerns and hopefully help them through and reassure them that there is a wonderful life after Cancer !!

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    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      My arms were above my head with my hands holding onto a bar for my rads. too. It was just for a short time after surgery I was told not to raise them totally overhead to allow healing of the incision in the axilla.

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  • Trisha Muller Quinn Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2014
    Also Huma. There is a thing called Cording ... from having breast surgery and nodes taken .. When you raise your arms You may be able to see or feel them excises and massage will help .. Check online also for breast care sites will help!! See your G P and or OT for excises to stop or relieve them . My Cording is bad on my right arm That arm had no nodes removed. I had a double mastectomy.
    8 days Flag
    • Huma Ahmed Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks!

      8 days Flag

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