I've started this thread as I can't find much written anywhere about cording - and wanted to make sure that those of us who are suffering with it can share tips and advice! I'm 46, very active and sporty before my diagnosis last year. I had a lumpectomy and setinal node biopsy in March 2018 (10 weeks ago now) and was immediately fine in terms of full arm movement - although I still did my physio exercises - but three weeks after surgery, cording seemed to come on overnight. I had a thick 'cord' from my scar up my arm to my elbow. I also had a thin cord going down my side (but I only discovered this one last week - I was wondering why my side was still sore, then found it...). I had rads 4 weeks after surgery, and finished rads a fortnight ago. The cording was sore more than restrictive of movement, but it was extremely uncomfortable and is the main reason I still can't wear a bra - as it hits the cord which is sore to the touch. I've been seeing a physio (before, during and now after rads). It's helped reduce the cording, but it's still there and still tight, just less extensive. I stretch it as often as I can, and mostly in the mornings before work and evenings before bed ("child pose" works well - but it rather hard to do in an office during the day!). The physio tells me that it takes time - probably about 6 months to go. I've been massaging it myself on the physio's advice (she goes in pretty hard... as hard as I can tolerate in terms of pain, but it hasn't caused any wider issues - just a bit of soreness the next day). I've read as much as I can about it, but all of the medical literature seems to say 'we don't know much about what causes cording' - which is pretty much what the physio has echoed. it's getting less painful/ uncomfortable but feels like I've got a bag of marbles in my armpit! Hints and tips from those who've had and managed cording would be really appreciated... and I hope we can create a thread which helps others who get it.
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