physical activity after a lumpectomy

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   Posted 5/5/2008 8:38 PM (GMT -7)   
My lumpectomy was almost 2 weeks ago.  Beside the tumor, I had 5 nodes removed from under my arm.  How long will it take before i can begin  physical activity like going back to the gym or  swinging a golf club?  When I raise my arm it still pulls and can hurt.  Do i need to wait til the pain is ALL away????

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   Posted 5/6/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
IMO I would wait till it heals more. Take it slow. Did your doctor tell you what exercises to do at home? What did he say about healing time?
I told my physical therapist to push me hard when I had my surgery as I thought I was going back to work soon. I did a lot of lifting in my job. I wasn't long during therapy that my back of the shoulder blade started to swell. I still worked hard and soon had lymphedema in right arm and both sides under arms. Are you seeing a physical therapist? That may be a good idea, one that knows about lymphedema. Also one that is qualified as a lymphedema massage therapist. The massage is very gentle so you want someone who has studied to learn the technique.
I would definately take is slow, but that is just my opinion.
Hope it all goes well!!!
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   Posted 5/9/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Gail's offered good advice. Listen to your body. If it hurts don't do it. You should have gotten some exercises to do to help restore range of motion. I had full axilary node disection (it was before the sentinal node procedure became the norm),and, while I can move my arm without restriction, I still feel a bit of pull in the underarm area. It's been 12 years and I still feel the tightness. But, everyone is different. Take it easy and give your body time to heal. Good luck. Lauri (dxed 04/11/1996)
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