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May 30, 2020 07:38AM
carrieabel, I’m 10 weeks from my BMX and like you, my chest and underarms are still a little tight and sensitive to pressure. My surgeon’s PA said to expect swelling to continue for two more months.
I have not been fitted for my silicone prosthetics yet. When I’m home I go flat, but when I go out I have found that a stuffed maternity camisole is pretty comfortable compared to a bra. I ordered mine from Target.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, I’ve switched to using a bra stuffed with a light polyfil. As soon as I get home from chemo, the bra comes off. 😃
I have been going to physical therapy twice a week for the last month. The therapist specializes in lymphedema massage and she has been fantastic. I still have swelling, but it is reduced and my nerve damage is much better. Due to PT, I have full range of motion now and I’m working on strengthening. If you are able to go to PT now, you might benefit from this.
I wish you the best on your healing journey.
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