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Questions concerning Lymphatic obstruction or blockage of the lymph nodes.
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|4/25/2011||Hi, I have a tendon or nerve under my arm that sticks way out now. It pulls all the way down to my elbow (and is painful two months out from surgery.) My Surgeon wants to release the tendon. Has anyone else had this rare complication and have recommendations? I just can not see being fearful of lymphedema for the next forty years every time I shave. Currently half way through stage 1 BC radiation treatment. I really think I should be able to sleep on the left side now without waking in pain. I hate pain pills!|
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|4/26/2011||Oh daer, sorry to hear of your discomfort. It sound that what you may be experiencing is something called axillary web syndrome, or cording. It is a common complication that occurs when there is disruption to the lymph nodes in the axilla--usually after breast surgery to remove lymph nodes. It has been studied and the cords/webs have been found to be inflammed, irritated lymphatic vessels (NOT a tendon). |
Best thing at this point is to contact a physical therapist who is certified in lymph node management. Perhaps your breast surgeon can suggest someone they have worked with in the past, or the Comprehensive Breast Cener near your home can suggest someone. The therapist will also be able to teach you some gentle stretching exercises to be doner at home that can help. Best wishes.
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