i had breast cancer and went under surgery for breast (left)removal in 2003. after the surgery my left hand got swollen. doctor advised me some hand exercises, but in vain as till date the swelling in my hand has not faded away. Apparently the swelling increases and pain persist , if i perform work from my left hand. The size difference of both my hand is very much visible. what is the reason? can it be brought back to normal size after 7 years of my surgery. which field/dept. of doctor should i consult ? thank you for your time..
This sounds like lymphedema, which is a buildup of fluid because lymph nodes were removed during your breast surgery. There are various treatments for lymphedema, that help control and cope with the condition, but there is no cure at this time. You should see your family doctor, oncologist or surgeon to be evaluated and set up a treatment plan.
Treatments often include exercises, wrapping your arm or part of your arm, massage to help drainage, wearing a compression sleeve, or pneumatic compression. As with most conditions, different measures work better for different people. I hope that you find something that works for you very soon.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.