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Nov 27, 2010 02:18PM
, edited Aug 20, 2013 06:16AM
I have lymphedema, and I fractured my hand--a scaphoid fracture-- on my lymphedema hand--I'm still in the cast, and anticipate needing to really work on the lymphedema when I'm in the brace and hand therapy.
(Did you have a colle's fracture?)
It's hard to sort out reactive edema from lymphedema, but you are at risk for lymphedema and the heat and swelling sound a lot like lymphedema. There's also a risk that the therapy, when it doesn't take into accout lymphedema, can make things worse.
The fact that your arm is bothering you is another clue that this may be lymphedema--as the whole "quadrant"--arm/chest are at risk, and if your hand is traumatized, it can upset things further up the arm.
I strongly suggest you see a qualfied LE therapist--I'll put in a link for how to find one--and if possible, try and get an OT who can do hand therapy along with lymphedema evaluation. You'll need a referral from a physician.
Lymphedema can be triggered by trauma--I initially got mine after bug bites, but various lymphedema therapists and women with lymphedema have also told me that when they use the techniques of lymphedema therapy with post-fracture swelling, it resolves so quickly, the doctors are shocked.
Let me know how you're doing, and if you need additional information.
(My cast comes off 12/7 and then I start with the brace/ therapy--I'm contacting an OT who does LE therapy to see if she'll do the hand therapy vs. my surgeon's office.)
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