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Topic: Could this be Lymphedema?

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

Posted on: Mar 25, 2020 07:26PM

Mymom5101 wrote:

My mom had TN centinal node removed. breast cancer about 3 1/2 years ago. Lumpectomy. Tried one round of chemo and it almost killed her. She was 83 at the time. She refused radiation. She started developing swelling and pain about 6 months ago. The area on her breast that is swollen is where her surgery was performed. It has a hard swelling that is discolored and it’s quite painful. She doesn’t want to see about it because she doesn’t want surgery or chemo again. I am praying it’s not cancer. Could these be signs of lymphedema

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Mar 25, 2020 09:29PM BlueGirlRedState wrote:

MyMom1501 - please talk to your mother about seeing a doctor. I can understand why she does not want to. The swelling, redness, hardness might be do to the surgery and should be looked at. She can refuse treatment options. But needs to make that decision with an understanding of what is going on and treatment options. My lymphedema expressed itself as a swollen arm, somewhat hard, no redness, no discoloring,no pain. With therapy, it is still swollen, not as much, and is no longer hard.

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Mar 26, 2020 11:03AM Binney4 wrote:

Hi, MyMom,

The short answer is yes, it could. Breast lymphedema does sometimes cause discoloration and even skin texture changes, and certainly it can be painful, hard, and localized. Happily, it's treatable by a well-trained and experienced lymphedema therapist.

The issue is to get it diagnosed and treated, and the sooner the better as early treatment means it's easier to get under control and keep it that way. I sure do understand your mom's reluctance to pursue this, but maybe it will help and reassure her if she knows she has the hope of potential relief. Give her a gentle hug for us, please, and a big one for you as well,

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Mar 26, 2020 04:43PM Mymom5101 wrote:

Thank you so much. This is encouraging

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