- Have blood pressure checked on the unaffected arm.
- Avoid wearing tight clothing or sleeves with tight elastic bands on the arm.
- Avoid wearing tight jewelry on the arm, such as watches or rings. Wear these things on the unaffected side.
- Carry your purse on the unaffected side.
1 AnswerAurora Health Care answeredBreast lymphedema is a problem that may occur after surgery and treatment of breast cancer. It is the swelling of the arm, armpit, breast, or chest wall, on the side where the breast surgery was done. Too much pressure on the arm may lessen the flow of the lymphatic fluid through the arm. To avoid this, do the following:
2 AnswersAurora Health Care answeredBreast lymphedema is a problem that may occur after surgery and treatment of breast cancer. It is the swelling of the arm, armpit, breast, or chest wall, on the side where the breast surgery was done. Lymph node removal, biopsy, and radiation treatment decreases the effectiveness of the lymphatic system, which puts a person at risk for pooling of the fluid. Since lymph nodes do not grow back, this puts a person at risk all their life. Swelling may occur right away, or it could occur a year or more later.
1 AnswerIntermountain Registered Dietitians, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Intermountain HealthcareAn autoimmune process is a process in which the body's immune system -- which is responsible for protecting your body from invading illness -- mistakenly attacks healthy tissue. Type 1 diabetes results from an autoimmune process that attacks the pancreas, damaging it so it can't produce enough insulin.Helpful? 1 person found this helpful.
2 AnswersIntermountain Registered Dietitians, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered on behalf of Intermountain HealthcareBone marrow is a spongy material inside some bones. Bone marrow makes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets (PLATE-letz). Red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are all part of the blood that flows in the body. A bone marrow aspirate (AS-per-ate) is a test to see if the bone marrow is making blood cells correctly. A biopsy (BY-op-see) is a test in which the doctor takes a little bit of tissue from the bone marrow and looks at it under a microscope.
1 AnswerBrigham and Women's Hospital answeredThere are several tests that taken together are almost certain for myasthenia gravis (an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that leads to fluctuating muscle weakness and fatigue). Sometimes, the tests must be repeated several times, and even then, a very small number of cases remain uncertain. Most neuromuscular clinics can perform these tests -- some are blood tests, others related to electromyogram (EMG), and it can be useful to inject a drug called neostigmine, which improves myasthenia symptoms. There are several diseases that can imitate myasthenia, so a careful examination is required.
1 AnswerColleen Keelan - NASM Elite Trainer, NASM Elite Trainer, Fitness, answered
A compression sleeve is a stretchy elastic garment custom fitted to your arm that applies external pressure to a swollen limb. Compression sleeves are not designed to reduce swelling, but to maintain the size of the limb and prevent swelling from increasing. Compression sleeves are worn during the day time. You can also get compression bandages for night use and anytime you are engaged in physical activity.
1 AnswerPenn Medicine answered
Although there is no way of totally preventing lymphedema (swelling due to a blockage of the lymph passages), there are steps you can take to decrease your risk or to control the progression if it were to occur. The following are guidelines and should not be restrictive. If you have questions regarding certain activities, please contact your healthcare provider.
Maintain meticulous skin and nail care in the affected arm.
- Keep the arm clean.
- Dry the arm carefully after bathing, especially in between fingers.
- Use lotion with a low pH after bathing, and apply it frequently in dry and cold climates.
- When manicuring nails, avoid cutting cuticles; instead, use cuticle cream or push them back gently after bathing or showering.
- Watch for signs of increasing redness or swelling that may suggest infection.
Limit activity that increases lymph flow to the arm.
- Avoid heavy lifting using the arm.
- Before beginning an exercise, check with your healthcare provider.
- Avoid vigorous, repetitive motions using the arm.
Protect your arm from cuts, bruises or other trauma.
- Avoid injections, blood draws or IVs in the involved arm.
- Wear gloves while doing housework and gardening.
- Use oven mitts when handling hot objects.
- When sewing, use a thimble to avoid pinpricks.
- Avoid exposing the arm to extremes of temperature.
- Use an electric razor when shaving the affected underarm.
- Apply antibiotic ointment to even insignificant cuts and scratches.
- Use insect repellent to avoid insect bites.
- Use sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
Minimize constriction around the arm of concern.
- Blood pressure should be taken on the unaffected arm.
- Do not wear tight clothing or jewelry on the affected arm.
- Avoid sleeves with tight elastic bands.
- Avoid carrying handbags, briefcases or luggage on the affected limb.
3 AnswersJohn A. Chabot, Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, answered on behalf of Columbia University Department of Surgery
A lymph node is an organ consisting of many types of cells that is part of the lymphatic system. Lymph nodes act as filters or traps for foreign particles and contain white blood cells. Lymph nodes are important for the functioning of the immune system. Adjacent lymph nodes are usually removed during surgery to look for cancer.
1 AnswerAmerican Diabetes Association answered
Immunosuppression refers to suppression of the immune system. Because the immune system protects the body from foreign invaders, people who receive islet cell, kidney, and pancreas transplants take immunosuppressive drugs to prevent the immune system from attacking the new organ.
1 AnswerMichael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredIt's human nature to think of our health in terms of the big issues -- such as whether or not we can avoid getting cancer. But what is surprising is that the things we see as the "little" issues can have a big effect on how young we stay, and much of this involves the way we react to our environment -- biologically, psychologically, and socially. Are you happy in your job? Do you get enough undisturbed sleep at night? Do you enjoy stress-reducing time with friends, and lots of laughter? Do you wear a helmet when riding a bike? All of these factors involving the environment we live in can all increase the likelihood that our lives will be longer and less ridden with illness than they might be otherwise.
It's a mistake to think about our health only in terms of disease, because when we do we forget about factors that are outside our bodies that can make us healthy. Some choices -- for example, becoming a life-long learner by enrolling in classes, reading, playing games on-line, or otherwise stimulating your mind -- can help keep you younger longer.
Find out more about this book:The RealAge Makeover: Take Years off Your Looks and Add Them to Your Life