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Q. How can I tell if I have lymphedema? My breast area and upper arm have been a bit swollen, but I’m assuming that’s just a result of the surgery I had a couple of weeks ago. A. It’s true, you’ll see some swelling in your trunk and arm, especially on the affected side, for a couple of weeks after surgery. You can help bring it down by elevating your arm above the level of your heart several times a day, for about 45 minutes each time; prop it on a pillow as you’re sitting in a chair, or sitting up in bed. But if, after several weeks, the swelling doesn’t seem to be gradually going away, you may need some help dealing with it. Persistent swelling may be due to lymphedema. Luckily, most lymphedema doesn’t develop directly after surgery; that’s all you need, one more thing to worry about! Most lymphedema happens months or even years later. Q. So OK, I had surgery 18 months ago. My arm isn’t swelled up, but it feels…...
Q. My breast swelled up and was hot and painful to the touch. My doctor treated me for mastitis, but it turned out to be inflammatory breast cancer. I think other women should be aware that not all breast cancers start with a lump. A. That’s right. Inflammatory breast cancer does look a lot like mastitis, an infection of the breast that can have many causes. Mastitis is more common when you’re breast-feeding; and some women have a lifelong proclivity to bouts of mastitis. But if you’re experiencing a swollen, hot, painful, red breast for the first time, ask your doctor to carefully consider inflammatory breast cancer, and to test for it. Previous Breast Cancer Symptom: Lump Under Arm Back to Start of Illustrated Symptom FAQs
Congestive heart failure - right-sided
Heart failure requires periodic monitoring by your health care provider. The goals of treatment include controlling the symptoms, reducing the heart's workload, and improving your heart's ability to function. Any underlying disorders and causes should be treated, if possible.
The most common therapy for right-sided heart failure is treating left-sided heart failure.
Valve replacements and procedures such as bypass surgery (CABG) and angioplasty are the solution for some people.
Generally, you must reduce the salt in your food and the amount of liquids you drink. You should also consider losing weight if you are overweight, stopping smoking, and avoiding too much alcohol.
Diuretics (water pills) can help reduce fluid accumulation. Furosemide or bumetanide can help moderate to severe symptoms. Hydrochlorothiazide, chlorthalidone, and chlorothiazide may be used for mil...
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