Q. I definitely want to avoid lymphedema. Is there anything I can do to ward it off, or is lymphedema totally random? A. The very best thing you can do to help prevent lymphedema is to make sure you get full range of motion back in your arm, whether after surgery or radiation. Favoring the arm on your affected side, hunching your shoulder protectively, being too stiff to stretch your arm up over your head and around towards your back–these are all things that will make it easier for lymphedema to gain a foothold. I have a friend who’s a physical therapist specializing in lymphedema treatment. In fact, we became close as she gave me daily massages to relieve my own swollen arm. (Just as getting a tummy tuck is the silver lining of a tram flap reconstruction, a daily massage is the big plus of having lymphedema!) This friend says that women who’ve had surgery, particularly a mastectomy with lymph node removal (even if just a single node) need physical thera...
With Migraine disease, there are many possible symptoms, including neck pain. For too long, neck pain was ignored as a Migraine symptom. Many people thought they had neck issues that were triggering their Migraines, and some did, but more of them found that rather than being a trigger, the neck pain was a symptom of the Migraine attack.
When it's a symptom of a Migraine, neck pain can begin as early as the prodrome phase of the Migraine attack and sometimes continue through the postdrome.
A study conducted in 2010 showed that neck pain is such a common Migraine symptom that it occurs as a symptom of Migraine more commonly than nausea. You can read more about the study and neck pain during a Migraine in Neck Pain As a Migraine Symptom .
Also, although researchers haven't determined why, the presence of neck pain is associated with delayed treatment of Migraine attacks. It may be that Migraineurs still don't realize that the neck pain is a Migraine symptom, or it c...
Although most people immediately think "headache" when they think of a Migraine, there are many times when some of the accompanying symptoms are as severe and debilitating as the headache, if not more so.
One of those symptoms can be neck pain. Until fairly recently, neck pain was often overlooked as a Migraine symptom. In 2010, a study showed that it's more common in Migraine than nausea. You can find more information about this in Neck Pain as a Migraine Symptom .
Beyond the obvious pain, when neck pain occurs during a Migraine, it impacts Migraineurs in other ways:
Its presence on the day preceding Migraine is associated with treatments not working as well.
Neck pain is predictive of Migraine-related disability, regardless of Migraine frequency and severity.
Presence of neck pain during a Migraine is associated with delayed treatment of Migraine attacks.
You can read more about this in Migraine Treatment Delayed by Neck Pain .
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