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Can I take lymphedema glove?

lanna1 Member Posts: 16
edited February 2023 in Lymphedema


Yesterday I got lymphedema. I'm starting chemo tommorrow. I want to buy a glove and wear it today. But doctor says I must do lymph drainage first, but he doesn't want to do it during chemo. He says that glove is pointless without lymph drainage. I'll be on chemo for 6 months and I think that is too long time to wait for lymph drainage and a glove! Can I buy a glove and do I need compresion level 1 or 2? Thank you very much for the answers. 


  • maggie15
    maggie15 Member Posts: 769

    I would ask for a one appointment referral to a lymphedema specialist to see what you can do instead of lymphatic massage. I had lymphedema in my breast which couldn't be touched but the therapist taught me some exercises to get things flowing better. You could ask about the glove at the appointment, too. I agree that six months with nothing could cause permanent damage. I hope you can do something before the chemo ends. Good luck!

  • lanna1
    lanna1 Member Posts: 16

    Thank you so much Maggie. That unfortunatelly was the specialist from lymphedema clinic who told me that. And there is no other clinic I can go. So I don't know what to do now. I can buy a sleeve, but I don't know if it has sense. I do exercises already.

  • lw422
    lw422 Member Posts: 1,375

    lanna1--try to keep your arm/hand elevated as much as you can. You can buy a minimally-compressive glove from Walmart or Amazon, a good one is made by Isotoner. Do the deep breathing exercises and stretch, also raising the affected arm high and "pumping" your fist will help move some fluid. Here's a link to the Isotoner glove on Amazon... ISOTONER GLOVE

  • lanna1
    lanna1 Member Posts: 16

    Appreciate your answer very much, lw422. Thank you.