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Topic: Tennis Elbow

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

Posted on: Jan 12, 2018 03:25PM

Julia0804 wrote:

Can this be from lymphedema and radiation? I have swelling under my armpit, my shoulder hurts and I have all the symptoms of Tennis Elbow.

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Jan 15, 2018 09:12PM hugz4u wrote:

Swelling sounds like lymphedema. You don’t say if you’ve just come out of surgery, so maybe it’s post surgery swelling though.

Google stepup-speakout.org to learn all about lymphedema. Our girls created this website and it’s the best in the world. Either way you will want to be checked out by at person trained to manage lymphedema. They can teach you prevention. Measure you as a baseline etc.

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Jan 15, 2018 10:48PM Outfield wrote:

Lymphedema can definitely hurt - it's just bunkum that it's always painless even though a lot of the patient ed materials say it is. On the other hand, problems in the shoulder after breast cancer treatment are astoundingly common, too. What do you mean by the symptoms of tennis elbow? Tennis elbow is an irritation of the origins at the elbow of some of the muscles controlling the wrist and hand. It's usually a focal pain, that's bad at the elbow and worse with certain stresses, especially those that involve using your hand and wrist. A lot of times a person has either done a lot of a new activity that stresses those muscles. Did you just start having a pain similar to that with no reason? Also, it would definitely be possible to have both lymphedema and tennis elbow - no reason why not.

You should ask your doctor to take a look, and see if they think it's more likely lymphedema or more likely orthopedic problems related to the treatment, then get a referral to therapy.

And even if you don't end up having lymphedema, what hugz4u suggested about stepup-speakout is a good idea for anyone at risk of lymphedema. The site is excellent, and most of us have to deal with this issue in the context of a healthcare system that has historically been blind to it.

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