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Questions concerning Lymphatic obstruction or blockage of the lymph nodes.
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|10/25/2010||I had bilateral mastectomy May 5th , 2008 and had 23 nodes removed from my righ arm, 2 were positive. I have been in some kind of pain and discomfort since then, I feel like my underarm and chest is expanding, with a feeling of pins and needles, heaviness and it feels like I have a piece of wood inserted in my chest..I had surgery 2 years later to clean up the area that the first surgeon left undone and loosen the scar tissue but I'm still in a lot of discomfort, can't sleep because my right arm hurts when I lean on it and my left side had lymph node testing...I go to lymphedema therapy,stretching and manual massage on my chest 2x a week since the 1st surgery. I also notice the last two weeks that if I put on my compression sleeve it releases the discomfort but I can't sleep with my sleeve also I notice that if I drink red wine or a martini is worse the day after, also I live in Florida and vacation in Utah and southern California and I feel better there....I'm at my wits end and would like to know if there is a Lymphatic specialist that could help me.Drs also tell me that I have edema and constracontritis. Please help me.Thank you|
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|10/25/2010||i'd recommend visiting the national lymphedema network website and sending them an email inquiring where there may be specialists in your geographic areas you reside in that might be able to offer a second opinion. important to know too if this is scar tissue building up again causing the problem. if so, then seeing a plastics reconstruction surgeon may be part of the solution.|
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