Lymphedema is still a problem

One side effect of radiation or lymph node surgery is a condition called lymphedema. This involves swelling of the arm and the hand. Your arm is not draining and there's fluid. It was recommended that I be fitted for an elastic sleeve that hopefully would keep enough pressure on my arm to see that the lymph fluid was draining. That was not successful. Right now I'm using what they call a lymphapress. It almost looks like an air cast for your arm. It's hooked to a motor and it pushes the lymph fluid up your arm and into your back. I'm probably not as diligent as I ought to be in using it, but some women are sleeping with these on their arm every night. Some women are using them two hours a day; some women need to use them once every three or four days

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