Jun 18, 2006 04:38PM Binney4 wrote:Goodness, Alexa, how frustrating! I have heard LE can be lumpy, but it has never been for me. And there is something called "transient LE" that does come and go for a period of up to 3 months. If it goes on longer than that they re-label it "chronic LE" and apparently you can assume it will always be with you and that you'll need therapy to get and keep control of the stupid thing.
Early LE does come and go, depending on things like heat, activity, and salt consumption and probably half a dozen mysterious things besides that. Elevating your arm might help -- or just stopping whatever it is you're doing that's causing lumps or swells.
So be vigilant and do keep a written record of all the goings-on with your arm and hand, because the dates and weird symptoms all tend to run together and then it's hard to explain to the doc or therapist. (Of course anything remotely resembling infection needs to be taken care of immediately.)
I hear you on the lumps. We are all definitely lumped out! Never heard it put so well before!