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Topic: Cording over a year after surgery?

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

Posted on: Aug 19, 2018 05:46PM

VL22 wrote:

I had cording after my node surgery in June 2017. It went away over a 2 month period. I’ve noticed this week that it is back - same place under my armpit but not as pronounced. Is it from doing push-ups? I am a runner and do some mild weight training, but just really started push ups and planks.Is it a sign of lymphedema? Should I put of certain exercises until us goes away? Thanks for any input.

Dx 5/5/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 6/23/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/10/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Aug 19, 2018 09:10PM ksusan wrote:

I don't think anyone knows what causes cording. Mine comes back up now and then.

Mutant uprising quashed. Dx 1/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/2015, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 19, 2018 11:07PM carmstr835 wrote:

I had my bilateral mastectomies in March 2017 and reconstruction DIEP July 10 2018 and I still have cording issues. My PT works on my cording when ever I go to see my Oncologist or Plastic surgeon. It was every 3 weeks, but now probably every 8 weeks. It helps when she breaks them up and I continue to do ROM exercises at home .

Dx 3/1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Both breasts, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/17 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 3/22/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 3/28/2017 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 5/17/2017 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Chemotherapy 6/27/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Targeted Therapy 6/27/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 6/27/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 9/11/2017 Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Surgery 7/10/2018 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Targeted Therapy Nerlynx
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Aug 20, 2018 01:44AM hugz4u wrote:

VL. Pushups planks downward dogs and similar are not recommended for those at risk for lymphedema. It would put too much sudden stress on your lymph system sending fluid to rescue the area that is trying to cope with a exercise your body is not use to. This could cause a swell.

Light weights such as starting out with one pound and gradually working your way up is recommended. This Program method is called PAL program designed for lymphedema exercisers The idea is to start slow and once you have mastered and monitored the one pound weight then move up a pound. I could deadlift 50 tomorrow but that would be unwise. Instead I’ll work my way up slowly. So far no le flares in three years from weightlifting and following PA

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Aug 20, 2018 08:41AM VL22 wrote:

Thanks so much for your responses. I thought once cording was gone it was gone for good.

Hugz- I will definitely check out PAL and take things more slowly. It’s hard not to want to just jump back in to my previous exercise routine.

Dx 5/5/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/15/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 6/23/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/10/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Aug 20, 2018 09:37AM Ingerp wrote:

VL22--I've had cording pop up a couple of times from my 2016 surgery, including a year later (and I never had it right after the surgery). In my head both times it happened after I added weightlifting to my gym routine. I asked my BS's helper lady if they might be connected and she said that's entirely possible. All that is to say I think it's can be related to a change in what you're doing at the gym. And both times it went away on its own--I've never done anything specifically to get rid of it.

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/22/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/19/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/17/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/12/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/17/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/17/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/19/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Aug 20, 2018 11:51AM ksusan wrote:

The return of my cording isn't related to an identifiable factor. I agree, though, that we should ramp up to exercise slowly, building lymphatic sufficiency.

Mutant uprising quashed. Dx 1/2015, IDC, Right, Stage IIA, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/2015, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Radiation Therapy Whole-breast Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Aug 20, 2018 09:33PM Suz-Q wrote:

I still have cording nearly three years after my lumpectomy. I tried PT but it never helped. The therapist kept trying to get the cord to snap. I'm not so sure that was the best plan. I work out and lift weights on a regular basis too. I don't know if this is part of the problem

56 at diagnosis. Oncotype DX 10 Dx 9/17/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 11/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 12/14/2015 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/21/2016 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 8/4/2016 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 10/7/2017 Aromasin (exemestane)

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