Lymphedema Due To Cancer?
Morning, want to ask? My mother is currently experiencing lymphedema in the left hand approximately 1-2 years. Probably because of breast cancer surgery 5 years ago (left breast removed). During this time the handling has been carried, when sleeping is positioned higher and using arm sleeves (only 2 weeks). My questions: 1. Besides swelling, he often feels his hands hurt, why is that actually? 2. The condition of my mother’s hand is now swollen, weak and fingers can not be moved. Is this already a bad stage? How is the solution? 3. I bought him the arm sleeves of Varit # ks. Is it used all the time or only a certain time? 4. Can a painful hand be compressed with warm water? Thank you for the response.
Hello Kiki, Thank you for the question.
Have you brought your mother back to consult a doctor for further treatment? Lymphedema is swelling in the hands or legs caused by obstruction in the flow of lymph vessels / lymphatic system. This condition usually occurs in women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. If your mother has had surgery to remove the lymph nodes, this action has the side effect of disrupting the flow of lymph vessels, which causes lymph fluid to accumulate in the hands or legs. The accumulation of this fluid can cause pressure on the soft tissue, blood vessels, and nerves so that sufferers can feel pain in the swollen area. In addition to pain, the swelling can interfere with the swollen joints. This disturbance in joint movement is not an indicator of the severity of lymphedema in your mother.
The use of special tools such as stockings is one way to help relieve swelling in the hands or legs. These stockings help to put pressure so that it helps launch this lymph flow. These stockings will usually be used all the time unless the sufferer is taking a shower. However, stockings used are not just stockings but stockings that do give periodic emphasis on the swollen part. In addition, placing the swollen part higher and using a warm compress can also help relieve the swelling. Avoid using hot and cold water.
Because this complaint has lasted for 2 years, you should encourage your mother to consult with a specialist oncologist further. The doctor needs to check your mother to determine whether there are further complications of this condition such as infection, deep vein thrombosis, tumor growth, and so on. After investigating your mother, the doctor will take further treatment.
Hopefully this information is useful.