Lymphedema Ladies: Have you ever heard of this?

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Jo-Ann
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   Posted 2/7/2009 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Apparently, a day or so ago, I scratched my lymphedemic arm just across from the elbow, about 1 1/2" long. It has scabbed over but then, something happened. I don't know if I reopened the middle and deepest part of the scratch but suddenly, I was dripping fluid on the desk and the floor. I cleaned it up but then noticed more fluid on the computer chair. I went through a washcloth, 7 compresses and two band aids. It started at about 7 last night and must have ended at about 4 or 5 this morning. The arm is now softer and I can see wrinkles in it I haven't seen in years. I suspect that the fluid had so much pressure that it broke from the inside out, releasing the pressure and the fluid.

I have never heard of something like this happening before and I wonder if anyone else has had a similar experience. Of course, being a Friday night, there's no doctor available until Monday but I'm hoping that no infection will set it. I am now 13 yrs and 9 years from diagnosis and still the problems just don't seem to go away. However, it's better than the alternative.

Thanks.

Love, Jo-Ann
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".


Aurora60
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   Posted 2/7/2009 2:42 PM (GMT -7)   

Jo Ann, It sounds like you have lymphedema in your arm.  Has your arm ever swelled and felt tight like you have a lot of water in it or it feels swollen?  I am assuming you had breast cancer. Did you have lymph nodes taken out and if so how many?  I am trying to give you a little help here since it is the weekend and I know you can't contact your dr.  Do you have a compression sleeve to wear to help with swelling?  You are so many years from diagnosis that they probably didn't know much about lymphedema then.  You should go online and look up lymphedema so you can educate yourself about the condidtion.  I don't have it but I only had 2 lymph nodes removed. Still if I fly I have to wear a compression sleeve and I was told never to lift more than 10 lbs. with my arm, try to avoid cuts, bruises, scratches etc.  Also to wear garden gloves. It's the whole nine yards.  My cousin has lymphedema in her arm.  She is over 10 yrs. from her cancer and no one told her about lymphedema and she flew a lot for her job and that is why she got it. She does special massaging of her arm and wraps it with an ace bandage tightly at night to help with the swelling.  I don't know where you live but if you are near a teaching hospital or live in a big city you can probably find a lymphedema specialist.  That is a dr. trained to tell you all about it and how to handle the condition.  I wish you the best of luck and post if you have other questions. I will be happy to answer you.

Take care,

Aurora


Desertdreaming
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   Posted 2/8/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Maybe it is the badness coming out of you.   tongue
 
That sounds like it was a heckava scratch to begin with.  1 1/2' long?  Hopefully no infection will set in and you will be able to see a doctor on Monday. 
 
Also hope all is well down in Texas.  Things are fine here just taking things one day at a time. 
 
Annette
 
Annette
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postal2
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   Posted 2/11/2009 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   

Jo-Ann, how is your arm now? I have never had anything like that happen but I am sure curious as to how it is now.

Love you!

Gail


  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
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barkyboys
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   Posted 2/11/2009 7:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Jo-Ann! So good to see your name on the board, but sorry to hear about your arm! My hubby obviously doesn't have lymphedema, but he does get edema in his feet and ankles. If he gets a scrape or scratch, he has the same thing. The Big OOZE. Yuck! Sometimes he doesn't even have to have a wound...his skin will just break open and ooze. Or he gets cellulitis and ends up in the hospital on IV antibiotics. I don't know which is worse. Have you had our doctor look at it???

Take care of yourself, and don't be such a stranger!

Hugs
Bev
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


Jo-Ann
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   Posted 2/14/2009 5:11 AM (GMT -7)   
The arm has healed quite nicely. No infection and the arm is softer and smaller. I'm hoping that the scratch will scar (it's really not bad enough to) so I'll remember where it is in the future when the arm gets really big again. This was certainly a better way to get rid of the fluid than all that massage and bandaging. LOL

You've set my mind at ease, Bev. Sorry to hear about your hubby but glad to know I'm not alone with this.

Love, Jo-Ann
A good friend will bail you out of jail...
but a true friend will be sitting
next to you saying,
"Dâmn... that was fun!".

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