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Questions concerning Lymphatic obstruction or blockage of the lymph nodes.
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|2/23/2011||I was diagnosed with 3A ILC and had 9 lymph nodes removed with 5 being positive for cancer. They were not matted. I am having trouble with my shoulder on the side where my lymph nodes were removed and after having an MRI it was determined that I have tendenitis and bursitis in that shoulder. My ortho is recommending I have a cortisone injection to help with the inflammation and pain. I don't have Lymphedema right now but am concerned that an injection in this shoulder/arm might increase my chances of developing it. Should I avoid having the injection or do you think it would be safe to have it? Thank you, in advance for your answer.|
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|2/24/2011||One of the challenges is what to do and not to do in these kinds of situations. Usually patients get treated for whatever their ailment is because it is disrupting their quality of life which shoulder pain certainly would do. And of course not all people develop lymphedema from having injections in their affected arm where axillary node dissection was performed and radiation then followed. What would be beneficial is to have a rehab medicine consultation with a rehab therapist who ALSO is certified as a lymphedema therapist. This is someone skilled in addressing should pain and also in prevention and treatment of lymphedema. Let that person weigh in on a recommendation for you.|
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