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1/16/11 10:21 A

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Dee, I definitely would try physical therapy. I had terrible problems with my posture after the implants, it does improve over time, but PT will bring relief sooner, most likely. I hope you can feel better soon. emoticon

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1/15/11 1:18 P

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I only had the sentenel node removed. Although I experience numbness and tightness, I exercise my arm and it seems to have improved lots. I would say that women who have had lots of nodes removed would absolutely need physical therapy.

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1/12/11 12:00 P

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physical therapy or a massage therapist who has experience in lymphatic work to do stretching with you....

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1/11/11 3:52 P

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Has anyone gone to physical therapy just for their arm (due to removal of lymph nodes)? I know one person who has, but I'm not sure if this is typical. My arm is pretty weak still and it's been awhile.

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12/22/10 1:23 P

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Dee--I had a bilateral masectomy with reconstruction and went to a physical therapist that specializes with masectomy patients, and it was a really good experience. I notice I tend to hunch over a bit more especially since the spacers seem to pull your shoulders in. Learning the exercises and right stretches have helped in flexiblity of my arms more, especially my right arm where the lymph nodes were removed. I would recommend meeting with a physical therapist!!

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12/21/10 11:45 A

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I haven't but I know that it is helpful in many cases. You don't want your muscles shortening because you'd lose more mobility. Usually there is a therapist on staff that can help with lymph drainage also if that is a concern.
Good luck!

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12/21/10 9:52 A

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Have any of you gone through physical therapy of any kind after a mastectomy w/ replacement?

I work with a physical therapy assistant and a physical therapist (they teach where I teach) and she suggested that it may help because she's noted that I tend to hunch over more. So now I am more conscious of this and she is right. However, when I try to correct the posture it really pulls across my chest. So I've been compensating by hunching. She said I should try to strengthen my scapular muscles to help correct this.

I am going to try to get a prescription for physical therapy. My insurance would cover it 100% ~

Have any of you done this? Just wondering.

I figure why not! They prescribe physical therapy when someone loses a limb or when they are hurt in some way tht affects their ability to live as usual. Well, this is a little bit limiting in terms of posture and and range of motion (can't raise my right arm all the way up - most of the way, but not where I was pre-mastectomy.)
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Dee

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