First Signs of Lymphoedema – What To Do

I’ve been getting unusual sensations in my affected arm for the last 7 days so the question is…

What do I do now if this is the start of Lymphoedema!?

Ok, first and foremost, don’t panic! The sooner it’s treated the better the outcome. This is what I’m going to do…

  1. Call the Breast Care Nurse and explain what I’ve been experiencing and for how long. Arrange to see the hospital’s lymphoedema specialist.
  2. Call my MLD therapist and tell him all of the above and bring my monthly appointment forward.
  3. Continue with my rebounding workout because it’s a great lymph mover and keeps my arm supple.
  4. Revisit the YouTube links on SLD (simple lymphatic drainage).
  5. Throughout the day do the post-op physiotherapy exercises whenever I can. Aim to do these at least 3 times a day now.
  6. Take a flask of boiling water to work with me so I can de-congest my lymph whilst at my desk.
  7. Put sliced lemon in my filtered water whenever possible.
  8. Make sure I eat one banana a day.
  9. Drink pineapple juice.
  10. Move my grounding mat from my PC to my bed so I can get the benefit whilst I sleep.

At the moment I think that’s the best I can do whilst waiting to see the specialists.

Fingers crossed!

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