If you had even one lymph node removed you definitely should wear a compression sleeve during and for a short time after your flight. There are also some simple exercises to do during the flight. You might ck. out the Lymphedema website as I'm sure they are described there. Please don't take a chance ... once you do acquire Lymphedema it's a life long problem.
Yep, lymphedema is a pain in the.....arm, armpit, chest area, forearm, hand, shoulder....
.....just a pain you don't want to have come visit and then stay awhile. Although reading the literature, to avoid lymphedema is to avoid most anything. So, I guess that'd be why I continually fight lymphedema, I don't avoid anything. It'd be hard to avoid lymphedema with a farm, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 2 kids, etc. :) Might as well put me in a bubble.
Talk to your surgeon about getting to a physical therapist for a sleeve and gauntlet. He has to send in a prescription for one for the insurance. You'll want one for flying, exercising, etc. You can also order them online without a prescription, once you know your size (I'd have someone do it professionally the first time, and if you want to just pay out of pocket for a second, you can use that info to get another one...I use BandagesPlus.com).
Your insurance should pay for at least 2 a year (mine will pay for up to 6). They'll last anywhere from 4-6 months depending on use. Wash on gentle cycle with your delicates or in the sink with some .... oh brain cramp.... the gentle cycle wash stuff..... sheesh, I can see the bottle, but don't know it's name.
Yes, you are correct -- Woolite. My brain quit working sometime between Kathryn, Lauren and breast cancer. It is slowly returning, but I do forget words quite often still. Oh, and being out from work for nearly 3 years did not help either.
I don't think you've developed Lymphedema yet, I think that was a copy answer from another poster who sounds like she DOES have lymphedema. I would however, get you a sleeve to go to Hawaii.
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