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Sleeves and rowing machine!!



Can anyone please help .. I have been using a rowing machine for past few months and my arm is now swelling up , sorry it's got no lymph nodes. Should I be wearing a compression sleeve ?



  • moderators
    moderators Posts: 8,219

    @anthea First, welcome to our community. Second, if your arm is swelling, it would probably be a good idea to talk with a lymphedema specialist or your doctor to see what is going on before you start with a sleeve. A sleeve can be helpful, but we always suggest that you get someone to first review it. You may want to pause using the rowing machine till you get that figured out, unfortunately. We hope you can get this resolved very quickly!!

  • exbrnxgrl
    exbrnxgrl Member Posts: 4,961


    I agree with the mods. Please find a lymphedema therapist and they will exam you and determine what is going on. They can also teach you manual lymphatic drainage and prescribe compression if needed. We are all different in terms of the severity and management of LE and improper actions, such as deciding to use compression on ones own, may actually worsen LE. In the meantime, stay very well hydrated and try elevating that arm , and maybe stay away from the rowing machine until it’s sorted out. Take care

  • ruthbru
    ruthbru Member Posts: 47,161

    I exercise a lot, but don't do repetitive movement types of arm exercises. Definitely quit rowing until you get this figured out with a specialist. If you do get the green light to resume rowing; start very, very slowly & cut back & go even more slowly at the first sign of trouble.

  • anthea
    anthea Member Posts: 2

    Thank you a for your comments.. I will get it sorted before I continue rowing