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Topic: Filling of fluid in removed breast

Forum: Lymphedema — Risks, tips for prevention, and info about products that can address the symptoms of lymphedema.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2006 06:49PM

Dayrt_NY wrote:

My Mast was done in September 05, but the area the breast was in keeps filling up with fluid. It has been drained several times and also been operated on this past April due to a abcess. Has anyone out there had similar problems and what can you do about this? Help!!!

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Jun 10, 2006 04:20PM NPat wrote:

Several on this board have had seromas and infections. I am sure one of the gals will post soon and can share her experience. I have truncal lymphedema... and have had mastitis. You can get through this. When surgery is done, they lymph channels are interrupted causing these complications sometimes. Since lymph helps us fight infection, if it is not circulating appropriately, we are more prone to swelling and infection. Avoid any garments that are tight and can reduce lymphatic flow. Avoid hot baths and heavy lifting. Do you have any swelling in your arm also? Keep posting and let us know how you are.
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Jun 12, 2006 03:23PM kimmytoo wrote:

I had to deal with it through months and months of open would healing. They scraped out the infected tissue and packed the wound and debrided it via bandages daily. Long, long, long healing time -- but it did the trick (after months and months of draining and having new drains put in, etc...)

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Jun 26, 2006 04:27PM Milica wrote:

What do you mean avoid hot baths -- I take a dip 5 days each week in a heated indoor pool - heated to 94 degrees. Spend one hour each day in it. That's supposed to be bad?

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Jun 26, 2006 05:41PM ITRUSTGOD wrote:

Melica, I've also read that we should omit very hot water. I have always loved very hot baths but have cooled them down since my surgery and sentinal node biopsy even though my surgeon said my chances of lymphedema is slight. I had 7 nodes removed.
Dayrt, I had my bilateral mastectomy this past April 10th. My surgeon replaced my tubes one time and ended up having to take them all out because they kept trying to get infected. She told me that I would swell up and then my body would absorb the fluid and then it would begin the process again. She felt as long as it didn't get too uncomfortable for me, it would be safer than the tubes. Since I'm a large lady, she felt the swelling might last 6 months or more. She told me she had one large lady that it took 3 years for her to heal completely. I've gotten used to the tight felling I have when it's swollen. My surgeon did say that wearing ace bandages tightly around my chest would help keep the swelling down. I have to admit that I am slack in wearing them because since I'm fat (ha) they pinch. I wish you good luck and God's Blessings. Jo
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Jun 27, 2006 08:38AM NPat wrote:

Melica,
Lymph channels are just under the surface of the skin. Hot water (hot weather also) causes congestion of the lymph in these channels and since there is problem with the outlet of the lymph through the lymph nodes (or lack of) the limb (or chest) swells. When I take a tub bath, I don't soak my arm in the water but leave it on the side of the tub. I also don't stand under the shower with my left arm and left chest area directly under the spray for a significant length of time. Many people with LE wear their garments while swimming... others find that the water pressure is enough to control the swelling without their garment. An hour in warm water could cause LE to flair.
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Jun 27, 2006 09:40AM slgm wrote:

Pat,

With your truncal lymphedema, have you had swelling and discomfort in your back area, starting up from your underarm area going upward in the back? I have read that can be a problem, and I have experienced some of that especially with certain bras (with prosthesis) that are a little tight.
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Jun 27, 2006 10:45AM sccruiser wrote:

Gosh, I was told not to use ACE bandages cuz they are too elastic. what the skin needs is soft stretchy bandages--they are something special. luckily i'm not that swollen so I don't need them. I too have truncal LE plus arm LE. it is spreading to my back and underarm too. I often have pain and the heat makes the swelling worse. I swim 3x a week in a 92 degree pool, as advised by the LE therapist. I started out with an infection in the breast and a seroma + hematoma that hardened w/radiation (was told it would just evaporate) ha ha
also flew 2x without a compression sleeve--again told i didn't need it.
now i wear a Jovi vest & stretch vest + same for arm & hand, to bed every night. well, fan is on high and window wide open--hot, hot, hot.
From my experience, I would ask for a referral to an LE specialist at the first sign of swelling. they know more than any DR, I think!
Good luck & hugs to you!
grace
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