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Jan 23, 2010 04:37AM
Sher, there's "ideal" and there's doing the best we can do--it's best if you clear the trunk, because the lymph fluid will flow into that area. Some therapists would rather have you clear the trunk/neck than work on your arm.
I say, you do what you can do, and ideally clear the neck, pump the axillary area, and clear across the top of the chest, and the inguinals--it really doesn't take long. But as Konakat says, even a short version can help.
You can wear a glove without a sleeve--you don't want to do the reverse, because you can trap fluid in the hand.
I wrap every night, and it no longer bothers me--but if my jovi or solaris did the job for my hand, I'd toss the wraps in a drawer. It is physically and psychologically hard.
My LE therapist taught me how to wrap, by kneeling next to the bed and using the bed in a way so the wraps don't go flying. She also has women sit next to a table and use the table.
After a year, I don't mind the wrap--I don't LIKE it, but it is comfortable and it works.
But, the good news is that there are night garments, and they are easy, and comfortable.
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