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Steve C
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Date Joined May 2007
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   Posted 5/14/2007 7:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Ladies,  I need some help.  12 years after my wife had her breast surgery she has developed lyphadema.    Her condition began 2  weeks after her doctor placed her on Flomax for a UTI.  This was six months ago.  I do not think this was a coincidence.  Has anyone else heard of anything like this? 

 

Thank you and God bless all of you.  Steve


gma
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   Posted 5/15/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Steve, Lymphadema can come at any time for many reasons or sometimes no reason at all. Some of the women who I know have had it, had terribly swollen arms and all kinds of problems, others seem to have lighter problems. However, it is something that needs to be dealt with and the sooner the better. I do not speak from experience, I have had no problem, but I know that left alone the lymph fluid can harden in the arm and then it takes a lot of therapy with massaging to get it under control again. There are sleeves, compression sleeves, gloves, all sorts of equipment to help those who need it. But only an experiencee therapist can help. Since I have no idea where you live and would probably not know of a lymphadema clinic near you, you will have to do your own research. One of our hospitals has a lymphedema wing. So get her help and be sure she follows through.

Hope this helps some, Mary K.


Steve C
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   Posted 5/15/2007 9:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Mary,  Thank you for your kind and informative note.  Liz has been through therapy and fitted for compression sleeves.  I give her massages every day.  I need to work on the hard parts harder. 

I know there can be many things that bring on Lymphadema at any time.  However, it strikes me as very odd that 2 weeks after she started a drug designed to increase flow of body fluids by increasing dilation of certain body parts.  I know Flomax is targeted against the prostrate but nothing is that precise.  

Flomax information tells a patient to report hand swelling to the doctor if it occurs.  Her problem began with her hand swelling first.  I know there may be nothing to my suspicion.  On the other hand there may be a great deal to it.         

 

Thanks again, Steve


gma
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   Posted 5/15/2007 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I believe I would be suspicious also, but I certainly know nothing about this medication. Wish I could help more. Good for you for helping with massaging, etc. Lymphedema is not to be taken lightly. Have a good evening. MK

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