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Sep 24, 2017 06:24AM
Sep 24, 2017 08:30AM
I had double mastectomy, 17 nodes removed from my bad side and 2 from a good side, I turned 47 at Dx. My only medical condition at the time was thyroid.
As soon as I became drain free, I laid on my bed flat and did recommended exercise slow motion for hrs. It was meditation/exercise
Mastectomy bulge if you have it diminished very slowly I think it took a couple of months for me.
Compression sleeves are highly recommended even when you dont have lymphedema now. My bad arm swelled right after first chemo. That is when I started PT for LE. I started wearing sleeve as well as LE pump, chemo done so swelling almost went way. But radiation started so swelling came back as strong as chemo days. For the last six plus mos, I made habit of wearing sleeve min six hrs a day, My wearing habit is the reason which have saved me from LE. Knock on wood I never had LE issue. There are days i take it off briefly in the middle of the day and put it back on.
I achieved full range of motion at about 5 mos. (I had 17 removed so it is likely a lot shorter for you)
Also, please check w your insurance company re physical therapy. For the most part insurance companies allow 20 sessions per year. There are days I did not feel like moving but PT made me move.
Be gentle and consistent. This is a long battle.
1/11/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, 0/2 nodes
1/11/2017, IDC: Papillary/IDC: Cribriform, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/17 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
2/14/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy
7/30/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall