Jun 20, 2012 10:04PM Musical wrote:
Hi kt, WHOA 100$ yikes. If sleeves were that then what are they now and truncal garments would be much more possibly?
I do not think it should be necessary to have 'full blown swelling' and anyway, that would be subjective. In my way of thinking, all that should be needed is that you are suffering discomfort and/or any swelling at all. Remember LE can strike at ANY time and that risk stays with us till the day we die. It is also FAR better to deal with it quickly and to wait until its a fullblown problem is courting trouble.
Two suggestions. 1/ Id try ringing the Cancer support people up there and they may be able to tell you what to do, and 2/ what about your GP? Is he/she someone you feel you could speak to about this? For my left arm, (prophy) Im pretty sure it was my Doc who 'referred me on' to LE lady even though Ive never stopped going to her. So when it comes down to it, Im not sure who's say so it was that I got free support and sleeves for that arm as well.
The question we need to ask is, is it only people who have had BC after a certain date that gets this support? Lets hope not. Please keep us posted.
If youre gardening (yes I know its a pain) but I hope youve got protection on your hands and taking care not to get scratched with branches and stuff. I have a perscription cream in case I get any nicks and cuts coz they can turn really nasty. For me, I also pace myself so I dont overdo it. That also brasses me off because Im the type that like to bore in and get something done. Nothing fun about LE thats for sure.
Oh, just another suggestion kt that Ive found has REALLY helped me. I should be doing these all the time but I get slack on it. When I get more aching and swelling than normal, I do daily:
- 30 x 3 ... (hand pumps) open and shutting my hands, arms stretched out straight above head. I find my rubber 'cancer' ball is very helpful for this.
- 10 x 3 ... with elbows bent and arms to the side raise whole arm out sideways (LOL like a chicken wing) as high as you can.
- 10 x 3 ... same again but this time the motion is.... elbows bent arms to the front and lift as high as possible with your fists going straight backwards as far as possible behind your head. (hard to describe but easy to do)
- 10 x 3 ... arms straight down at sides and raise directly sideways (not too quickly) to above your head.
Hope these make sense. They only take a minute or 2.
Hope this all helps