Abdominal Lymphedema Only
Hi! I am 5 years out from initial BC diagnosis (IDC + IMPC, 24 nodes +, Stage 3C, ER/PR+). I had a right breast mastectomy which soon developed into a massive infection requiring me to wear a Wound Vac Machine for months.
Not only did my right arm develop LE, but so did my abdomen ON THE RIGHT SIDE ONLY. I knew right away that the swelling in my abdomen was from the LE, same as my arm. That, and maybe the infection. Yet, it took several years before my docs FINALLY acknowledged that FACT. But, prior to that, my concerns and questions were repeatedly dismissed. All they could see was that I was overweight. They weren't used to seeing this specific SE, I guess. Their lack of familiarity sure didnt help me!
I want to hear only from women with abdominal lymphedema. Like I wrote, it is now 5 years later and at age 64, I look pregnant, especially when viewed from my right side. Anyone had their abdomen drained? Did it help? Pros & Cons? Suggestions?