Jul 28, 2007 06:35AM NPat wrote:Kim,
Many of us have truncal LE, as well as, the limb LE. We talk about it in spurts. Treatment is the same... MLT. We don't wrap our chests but wear a variety of garments/vests/bras to keep a handle on the swelling. I have gone through the Bellisse bra which is designed for those with our problem. It just didn't fit me correctly and I am much happier with several of the Anita bras (made in Germany and available on the internet). I also wear Nancy Ganz Camisoles that I get at TJMaxx at a reasonable cost. Others love the camisole that Oprah likes.... what is the name of that, gals? Anyway, a regular bra can be used... just remember... NO wires... they block lymph... wider straps and back... especially higher under the arms where some of us get "flaps". I got my last Anita bras at Sylenes. Women's Personal Health Resource also has them and you can see the pictures. Sylenes is a discount site and some of the styles are pictureless. They are much cheaper... I think I get the Anita 5409 for $50 at Sylene's and it is ~$92 at Women's Personal Health Resouce.
Binney is our resident expert and will bop in here, I am sure with more thorough information. Avoid hot showers, sunburn, insect bites ... same precautions apply for truncal LE. You are not alone... the back also will swell and you will notice it above your bra. www.lymphnet.org will give you information on your truncal LE. I have been disappointed that the last book I got had one paragraph on it but three pages on scrotal massage... We can get LE anywere!
Thanks for posting and keep on!