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No Bra = No Lymphedema
June 2006 I awoke from my breast cancer surgery with lymphedema .... wore a compression sleeve for almost 2 years.
Then the BIG discovery!...which was totally by fluke. I switched from wearing a bra, to wearing a cami that had really good underwire breast cups. In less then a week I no longer needed to wear a compression sleeve, and my arm no longer hurt. I suspect that with a regular bra that the banding must have prevented the flow of lymph fluid somehow. To test that theory, I have tried several times to wear a "regular" bra again... and each time I have had the same result... arms swells and hurts in just a few hours... and I can't wait to take it off.
Just for the record, I do still get lymphedema "pain alerts and mild swelling" when I lift things that are too heavy, or garden for too long... so I know it is still lurking there... as long as I do things in moderation and drink lots of water (along with no bras), I have been able to maintain my successful handling of this medical condition.
I hope my unscientific findings help you too, this small change in my wardrobe has made a big, big difference in my life.
Best Wishes tj
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