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Lymphedema after mastectomy. Swollen hands despite doing exercise. How to control the swelling?

I had a mastectomy in 1992. Lymphadema started 3 years later. I wore an elastic sleeve for a numer of years and then it remained a little bit larger than my other arm...but not worrysome. Recently it has flared up again...and even my hand is swollen. I exercise 3 times a week....with free weights and other machines. How do I control the swelling?
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Hi, Thanks for using HCM.

Swollen upper limb on the side of surgery is mainly due to obstruction in the drainage. Mainly lymphatic drainage will be affected. Consult your physiotherapist for the duration and timing of exercises, use elastic sleeve, pressure garments always. Reduce your weight. If no improvement even after optimising exercise then consult your doctor for selecting the management based on your health status(Laser / surgery).

Hope I answered your question. Feel free to ask me if you have any further queries. Wish you good health. Take care.

Dr. Lohit
Answered: Wed, 3 Jul 2013
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