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Topic: Sonic massage for cording / lymphedema with Clarisonic Mia ?

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

Posted on: Jul 3, 2018 03:34PM

Jeremiah29-11 wrote:

Anyone have any experience/knowledge with sonic massage of lymph vessels / cording? Like with a Clariconic Mia facial sonic cleanser or similar device? I have cording that won't go away, even with PT, and am starting to use the massager each morning. I think it's helping. Thanks for your input or thoughts!

Dx 10/17/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/28/2017 TAC Radiation Therapy 4/8/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 6/19/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)
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Jul 16, 2018 12:37AM smiley2 wrote:

My lymphadema therapist actually suggested maybe I try the facial sonic cleanser. I haven't bought one yet but I would like to. I had cording after initial lumpectomy in 2005 and also had cording. I would consider trying another therapist just to see if that makes a difference for you. 

Stage 4; 2/16 nodes; ER+/PR+; Her2-
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Jul 23, 2018 01:22PM McButterfly wrote:

hi! I'm just wondering what "cording" is. I have some sensations in my arm I would describe that way. thanks!

Angela

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Jul 23, 2018 10:48PM ReadyAbout wrote:

Someone on another board here used a sonic massage to break up her cords. I did PT for it and thought it had gone away, but no, there's still some cording in there and it's annoying. I notice it when I reach for things or stretch my arms out at the gym, like doing lat pulldowns. I massage the cords while I watch TV and I'm tough on them, but they won't go away. I'm going to try the sonic massage.

Dx 2/1/2018, IDC: Papillary, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/23/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 5/16/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jul 24, 2018 06:12PM Jennie93 wrote:

What an intriguing idea. Do let us know if it helps.

McButterfly, here is an article about cording.

http://stepup-speakout.org/Cording_and_Axillary_Web_Syndrome.htm




49 at dx. Found on routine mammogram. Complications: cording, truncal LE. Dx 8/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 4/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/4/2012 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 10/15/2012 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 3/23/2013 Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 5/22/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 1/31/2015 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Sep 17, 2018 07:33PM Jeremiah29-11 wrote:

Thanks, everyone. My PT said to avoid it as the radiated area shouldn't really be jostled around by vibrations, which makes sense. My cording just won't go away, though, and I'm frustrated. Maybe the radiation has just toasted my muscles in that area and I'm confusing the tightness with cording, but there's definite cords running through the area...

I'm getting a lat flap reconstruction this fall, so maybe something will be snipped and my pits will be free! :)


Dx 10/17/2017, IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/6/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 11/28/2017 TAC Radiation Therapy 4/8/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 6/19/2018 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole)

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