This is a new presentation about lymph edema produced by a doctor, it is over an hour long, but it has loads of information
video about Lymphedema
Lymphedema can occur when a clear fluid, known as lymphatic fluid, builds up in the soft tissues of your body, usually in an arm or leg.
• Aching, weakness, redness, heaviness, or tightness in one of your limbs
• Less flexibility in your wrist or ankle
• Tight-fitting rings or shoes
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These suggested precautions can help to prevent or minimize symptoms:
Don't let anyone tell you that after a year or so, you are not in danger of lymph edema this is NOT TRUE -- if lymph nodes have been removed -- you are ALWAYS in danger of Lymph edema and it can last your whole life .
Abdominal surgery can also cause lymph edema in the legs, so be aware!
• Clean your affected limb regularly, remembering to dry it thoroughly and apply lotion
• Wear gloves while gardening, especially guard against rose thorn pricks, and cooking burns can be a real problem if you get sticks from gardening - wash immediately with soap and water and apply antibiotic ointment to prevent infections
• Any infection on the affected hand or arm can be problematic - if you wear acrylic nails and get them done at a nail salon be extra careful about infection from the tools they use and any "hang nail" infections
• If you shave the affected area, use an electric razor
• Don't go barefoot, but if you do -- guard against any cuts you may get stepping on sharp stones - Dirt contains many bacteria that can cause infections
• Do not cross your legs when you sit
• Do not carry a handbag with your affected arm
• Repetitive motion like scrubbing floors, washing windows, cleaning counter tops, etc - can cause problems also - do them in moderation if you must.
• Carrying shopping bags on the affected arm, can cause swelling - don't loop plastic grocery bags over your arm at your elbow
Avoid having injections and blood pressure readings performed on your affected limb.
Wear a special bracelet or necklace to notify medical personnel of your risk for lymph edema and the risk for complications: infection.
Don't think "Well I can always tell them not to use my arm!" -- what happens if you faint, or are unconscious, or are alone when you have an auto accident?
Better to be safe than sorry, once lymph edema begins -- you have it FOREVER!
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Emergency Care personnel need to be advised of your condition. Many people feel they do not need to wear a bracelet, but if you are unconscious - nobody will know! Be pro-active with your Lymphedema:
Don't allow anyone to tell you that after a number of years your risk is diminished. Once you have lymph nodes removed - the risk of lymphedema is ALWAYS there!
National Lymphedema Network
If you are going to have surgery and want a bright bracelet to alert surgical staff:
Peninsula Medical offers a free wristband:
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|> Routine Screening Of Breast Cancer Patients For Symptoms Of Sub- Clinical Lymphoedema Leads To Better Clinical Outcomes |
- by Cancerworld.org
> Pre-Operative Assessment Allows Early Diagnosis And Successful Treatment Of Lymphedema
- by Medical News Today
> Lymphedema Risk For Breast Cancer Survivors Increased By Obesity: Medical News Today
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