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Worried about lymphedema


Worried about lymphedema

Hi folks, I'm looking for some answers/ reassurance about lymphedema...

I'm three and a half months post WLE and removal of seven lymph glands, which were all clear.
Last week I finished 30 sessions of radiotherapy, and my skin seems to be recovering well.

However, on Saturday I carried two large bags of heavy shopping for about 100 metres before realising what an idiot I was being, and over the past five days I've had an increase in those bloated and sore feelings in my armpit and arm, but without obvious swelling. It's something I've had on and off since the operation, but it hasn't felt so constant - or worrying - till now.

I'm aware that it could be psychological, as I've definitely felt quite on my own with it all since finishing the RT - those lovely nurses and technicians who looked after me every day! Or maybe it's simply that as my skin isn't anywhere near so sore now, I'm only just noticing the bloating and sore feelings inside.

Anyway, has anyone else experienced this after finishing RT or after lifting/ carrying something far too heavy?