Swelling around lymph node scar

Any advice on swelling on and around lymph node scar? I had first 2 lymph nodes removed and scar has started to swell and go lumpy along it after 8 days. I’ve spoken with BCN and they have sent info about lymphoedema. I’ve read lots about this and none of it mentions/refers to the signs/symptoms I have so still want to check what/why and cause etc. I know it’s probably normal, but still feel I should able to ask and check (especially as last time I was told something was normal, it wasn’t and that’s how I ended up being in this position). It’s now the only real swelling I have and it’s uncomfortable being right under arm. Also, is it normal to now sweat more under the arm where the nodes were removed?
Thank you all in advance (I realised last time my post got closed :woman_facepalming:t2: before I could thank people for their help, which I did/do appreciate).

Hi Sunflowers23,
It may be a bit of fluid build up but I would contact your BCN again, see if they could have a quick look. I was lucky in that all my wounds healed well and I dont recall sweating more. I really would get it checked by your BCN or GP.
Best of luck.

Hello sunflowers23

Thanks for your post. It’s understandable you want to be sure of the cause of the swelling and lumpiness that has developed on and around your lymph node scar after your surgery.

It’s not possible to say what the cause of the swelling and lumpiness is, however, it’s not uncommon to develop some swelling for a few weeks after surgery. It’s a normal part of the healing process and should start to go down about 6 to 8 weeks after your surgery. Sometimes people can also develop a collection of fluid called a seroma. The lumpiness you describe may also be due to some scar tissue along the scar line which should also lessen in time.

You mention you have spoken to your breast care nurse who has given you some information about lymphoedema. You don’t mention if anyone has looked at the swelling under your arm at all. If not, it may help to contact your treatment team. You can let them know how uncomfortable it feels and ask if they are able to assess the area for you. You can also mention about the increased sweating you have under that arm and ask about the use of deodorants on that side.

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