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linda



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:50 am    Post subject: Lymphedema!!!!!!!!!! Reply with quote

Hi Terri and Marylyn.

Shocked OMG - a compression sleeve - NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've never heard of such a thing!!!!!!!!!!!! A compression sleeve is if you HAVE lymphedema. Here's some info on lymphedema. At the bottom are some web sites - ASK!!!!!!!

See your physician, oncologist or lymphedema clinic if you experience any of the following in your hand or arm.

- redness and very warm arm (This could indicate an infection called cellulitis, which can be a life-threatening condition. Cellulitis requires immediate medical attention)
- feeling of tightness
- feeling of heaviness
- feeling of pins and needles
- shooting pain
-swelling or increase in size
-pain in the elbow
-aching back of shoulder
-lymph leakage through skin


PREVENTION


For the hand or arm "at risk" or already affected.

- keep the arm spotlessly clean and supple
- [color=red]avoid using arm for injection, blood drawing or pressure readings

- be careful cutting nails and do not cut cuticles
- use an electric razor for shaving armpits (If you have hair - I don't anymore)
- avoid injury
- use a thimble
- wear gloves when gardening, cleaning or washing dishes
- do not carry, push or pull anything heavy

- exercise is important - swimming, walking or biking
- eat a normal balanced diet
- elevate the arm whenever possible
- wear loose clothing
- avoid jewellery on hand or arm
- learn and practice daily self-massage

Worth Repeating
NEVER allow anyone to take your blood pressure on that side
NEVER lift anything over 10 - max 15 pounds with that arm
NEVER have blood work from that arm
ALWAYS try to elavate your arm above your head a few times a day

Measure your arm between your wrist and elbow and wright it down. IF you think your arm is swelling, measure it again. If it has swelled more than 1/2 inch - contact your doctor.[/color]


Here's some web sites:
National Lymphedema Network USA
Lymphedema Association of Australia
Lymphovenous Canada
The Lymphovenous Association of Ontario
Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer & Lymphedema Support Group
Lymphedema People
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Left Breast - 375 Cohesive Round Mentor
Right Breast - 225 Cohesive Round Mentor
BA date: Monday, October 20, 2003



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linda



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

color=red]Teri - Go to www.lymphovenous-canada.ca[/color]
They have a COMPLETE study on wearing compression sleeves and flying![/color]
Here is one excert from their site:

Happily (for all you frequent flyers!), there was no significant difference in the rate of lymphedema between the women who had flown and those who had not flown. None of the women who had flown reported new or increased permanent arm swelling after flying, although nine (6.3%) reported temporary swelling

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Right Breast - 225 Cohesive Round Mentor
BA date: Monday, October 20, 2003



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 21, 2005 12:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info Linda--that's really helpful Smile Smile Smile
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