• bunnylover bunnylover
    October 10, 2009
    I have nerve pain down my arm to my hand, after surgery to remove lymph nodes that contained cancer.
    bunnylover bunnylover
    October 10, 2009

    I have a question regarding pain and swelling down my arm after just having a lymph node disection to remove metastatic adenocarcinoma. Only three out of the eight lymph nodes that were removed were cancerous. I am trying everything possible to handle this nerve pain that travels down the back of my arm to my hand. Most of the swelling is at the auxilla area but does carry down my arm some. I have tried slight stretching to help, ice, elevating my arm, lightly massaging my arm, and I am not sure what else if anything I can try. As a last resort I will try a pain pill or an anti inflammatory which help only temporarily. Has anyone had this issue and have any suggestions at all? This is more difficult as I am right handed and this is on my right arm and hand. Thank you. 

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 10, 2009
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 10, 2009

    Hi - Sounds like you have lymphedema. Please see your doctor about this for a referral to a physical therapist who specializes in lymphedema; you really need to get it treated, and it's not something you can treat yourself. Good luck - PJH

    • Laura A. Learn-Hack
      October 10, 2009
      Laura A. Learn-Hack
      October 10, 2009

      I have the same pain. Sometimes its so bad , like tiny needles traveling down the back of my arm. My surgeon told me to just take ibuprophen and there was little else that could be done. Is it different because my surgery was only a few weeks ago? He says it takes time for those nerves to reconnect and that nerve pain can take months to heal. It truly drives me crazy because it is so constant. I also have tried the methods of massage and stretching nothing seems to bring relief. I was not aware that physical therapy was an option. Laura

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