Lymphedema, also spelled lymphoedema. Lymphedema is the chronic swelling or feeling of tightness in the arm or hand due to an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the soft tissue of the arm. The condition arises when lymph vessels, which normally carry excess fluid out of the limbs and back into central circulation, have had their flow interrupted. Lymphedema is a common complication of cancer and cancer treatment and can result in long-term physical, psychological, and social issues for patients. Lymphedema may be inherited (primary) or caused by injury to the lymphatic vessels (secondary).

Lymphedema is most often seen after lymph node dissection, surgery and/or radiation therapy, in which harm to the lymphatic system is caused during the treatment of cancer, most eminently breast cancer. Lymphedema may also be associated with accidents or certain diseases or problems that may inhibit the lymphatic system from functioning properly. In tropical areas of the world, a common cause of secondary lymphedema is filariasis, a parasitic infection. It can also be caused by a compromising of the lymphatic system resulting from cellulitis. Lymphedema can develop in any part of the body or limb.

Signs or symptoms of lymphedema to watch out for comprise: a full sensation in the limb, skin feeling tight, decreased flexibility in the hand, wrist or ankle, difficulty fitting into clothing in one specific area, or ring/wristwatch/bracelet tightness. Lymphedema is aggravated by prolonged standing, pregnancy, obesity, hot weather, and the menstrual period. Treatment for lymphedema varies depending on the severity of the edema and the degree of fibrosis of the affected limb. The most important aspect of treatment is learning how to care for your health.

The most common treatments for lymphedema are a combination of complete decongestive therapy, compression bandaging, and the employ of solidity garments. Lymphedema is also treated by physical ways and with medication. Physical methods include supporting the arm or leg in a raised position, manual lymphatic drainage, wearing bandages or custom-fitted clothing. Prevention is better than cure. Maintain your ideal body weight. Eat foods high in fiber such as whole-grain breads, cereals, pasta, rice, fresh fruits and vegetables. Eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you require.

13 thoughts on “Information On Lupus Cancer

  1. Bee

    What could I have? Please help. Could it be lupus? stomach cancer?
    I have these symptoms…I found out I have a uti and a stomach infection but no symptoms of them.
    -tingling/pins and needles/very cold sensation starting at back of head then through scalp, arms, shoulders and sometimes entire body (this is very uncomfortable, sometimes unbearable)
    -joint pain and the feeling of very dry bones
    -spells of confusion
    -bad headaches (sometimes sensitive to light/sound, and sometimes temporary [1-3 seconds] sight loss)
    – often times I get a “falling” sensation when I stand up or walk
    – spells of insomnia
    – spells of sudden fatigue and weakness
    -memory problems
    -psychological problems including mood swings and depression
    -problems thinking/concentrating/absorbi… information
    -being constantly cold
    – spells of irregular heart beat
    – spells of chest tightness/pressure, sensation of heaviness on chest
    – shortness of breath/trouble breathing (like a panic attack)

  2. Jimmy1575

    Unexplained Symptoms and no diagnosis?
    My mother is having a terrible time getting to the bottom of her medical issue. Any good solid information is welcomed.

    She states:

    I have been diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroiditis and Low Vitamin D.
    Although my labs show that I am in the early stages of the disease and there is no evidence that I have been affected by the disease (in the form of hypothyroidism) I have all the symptoms one could imagine.

    I have had every lab test I can think of and an ultrasound that showed goiters on my thyroid. Biopsy showed no cancer.

    I have had TSH, Free T4, T3, am still waiting on results for Free T3. I have had a full range of hormone test. I cannot think of anything I have not had that might tell me something, but then, I am not the doctor.

    I have been tested for Celiac Disease, Pernicious Anemia, Lupus low calcium and everything comes out negative, everything.

    I have strange symptoms that don’t seem to fit hypothyroidism, exactly, but could fit low T3 or low Dopamine. They are: poor balance, tingling in face, lips, and hands. In addition to the typical ones for hypothyroidism. I also am experiencing rather extreme jolts as I sleep, as if I am having a seizure and strange sensations in my legs, mostly left leg.

    So far, my doctors have no explanation. My endocrinologist agreed to put me on a very low dose of thyroid replacement. My neurologist thinks I would be helped with antidepressants. I have had one MRI to rule out MS and am having another to rule out further diagnosis of MS and may have a spinal tap to rule out any odd infections of the brain. I have symptoms of Parkinson’s, or rather, low dopamine.

    So, my next Dr. visit is with a Rheumatologist. I have also seen an alternative Dr. and am awaiting test results. He said it looked like MS and also thyroid issues. He feels, like me, that we are just missing one important piece of information. We are both hoping it is the Free T3.

    Any suggestions?

    1. Zambiti

      I’ve given you a star hoping my Alternative Medicine friends will see this. This is not an area I’m familiar with, but I know some of my friends are! If you post this question in the Alternative Medicine section, you might get some relevant answers.

      Hope your mom finds the answers.

      Oh, if you post in Alt Med, add any other medications she may be on to the question. It was actually medication issues when my mom was trying to sort through her issues. Once she dropped them, she did better. She also did better removing all fluoride and triclosan (antibacterial soaps, etc) from her life. She too was suffering from thyroid related issues, but had others like blood sugar problems in the mix. The fluoride and triclosan were things she needed to remove to get to the bottom of the thyroid issues.

  3. J R

    In New York, can you receive SSI and Public Assistance? Which do you apply for first? Better to leave one out?
    Public Assistance here in New York seems to be very restrictive, and goes overboard in trying to “get people off the rolls”. According to my mother who went through the process, she was wheelchair bound, so the worker didn’t believe her at the end of the review, and at the the street corner held her up and just dropped her. My mom came back horrified and bruised, and everyone had to lift her up, and they still made her attend a mandatory meeting in manhattan after that that wasn’t handicapped accessible, where she had to leave her chair downstairs and embarrassingly crawl several flights of steps on hands and one knee (the other bandaged from surgery) until her joits swelled up and she started to pass out while an ambulance was called, No one bothered to tell her that they were supposed to come to the house as a homebound case. Outside a woman with breast cancer on chemo, and a woman dying with lupus with months to live facing eviction were all turned down because they were also “completely healthy” Once my mom qualified for a housebound case, the agency filed a fake recertification with false information on it and threatened to have her arrested with fraud until we contacted every government official we could about the fact that we tape every official conversation and sent all documents certified returned receipt CC to other officials as well. But this is the lengths they go to get people off the rolls, so……

    Ive been disabled for 2 years and housebound, but was so scared of the process that I haven’t applied, but I need the money, I am absolutely horrified at the lengths they now go to get people off of welfare, even with medical proof from their OWN doctors of disability, even making up fake fraud cases and threatening arrest (thank God we record everything and keep records), but that is so much work., But when approved the benefits do come quicker.

    SSI on the other hand Ive heard isn’t so abusive but they say here the hospital social worker where i was for awhile when i couldnt eat food) that EVERYONE here is denied the first time and will only get benefits if they appeal to the last level, which can take years, but once you get SSI, Public Assistance leaves you alone with the harassment because its now federal money.

    Being so sick, It will be hard to record eveyone, and have a nurse send everything certified return receipt and keep piles of records just to prove my “compliance”

    Should I just apply for SSI and then PA (Public Assistance) right after, or the other way around, or do one and wait then the other? Im just not ready for the government’s abuse, but I really need money, and my savings is now getting empty. It is so corrupt, and I can’t just fight everyone, because i’m physically exhausted already, I don’t know if I can even handle either “process”

    I really appreciate any advice from anyone.

    Note: For those that hate people on “welfare” before this, don’t bother, you never know you future health, I worked several jobs, even hard labor moving coquina rocks by riverbeds, and for the National Parks Service, Printing Press, Office Assistant, Phone Technical Assistance, you name it. about 2 points from valedictorian, and a 3.8 university average..I didn’t still have enough credits for SSDI, and was too young. Lost ALOT of weight, could barely eat, balanced between a wheelchair and cane, and my muscles stopped working for a while, treatments also had effects on metabolism fats etc, and my hands are often so dry they are solid, and touching paper is painful, Someone else has to open my mail for me.

    *So what do I do? I never needed assistance, but I’m scared of being bullied, and don’t want to get sicker, what is the easiest way to get assistance, SSI, or Public Assistance. (I also think I read that if you apply for one here you must eventually apply for the other in a certain amount of days, and then i think Public assistance takes your SSI money from you anyway to pay their expenses.

    Anyone familiar with these systems please help, I cant handle their abuse. Its already almost killing my mother the way they treat her. And I wonder if thats their goal. I dont want my health to suffer anymore than it does.

    *What do I do?

    1. bumblebee

      Wow this is shocking to hear, absolutely awful and heartwrenching. You gals need to move out of NYC and move to a rural part of NY. I am in Rochester and have never been treated like that. I suffer from depression/bipolar and I get cash assistance each month from welfare. Thanks to the good Lord I was approved for ssi after almost 3 years. The way that you are being treated is horrible, cant believe it. Sometimes the Lord is trying to tell you something. That something could be for you to relocate. No american citizen should be afraid to ask for help, especially when illegals gets it so easily.

  4. CelsieFontez

    My 4 year old brother might have Lupus.?
    My little brother is four years old, and he has a lot of the symptoms of Lupus. We got him tested for it, but the doctor was also concerned it could be cancer.
    He is balding, which really makes me think it’s just Lupus, hopefully neither, because chemo makes your hair fall out right?
    Well I was just wondering for some information on Lupus, and how dangerous it is for my brother.
    Btw, since it fights infection and everything, will it be a bigger chance of him dying?

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      What are his symptoms…why did the doctor suspect Lupus? It seems very odd that a four year old would obtain this diagnosis. Lupus is diagnosed through patient history and symptoms…ie joint pain, fatigue, kidney disease…etc. Hair loss is one of the symptoms of Lupus but there are many more plausible reasons that a four year old’s hair would fall out rather than Lupus.

      Additionally, Lupus in males is extremely rare. That isn’t to say that it doesn’t occur just that a doctor should look in many more places before even considering a Lupus diagnosis.

      Lupus is an autoimmune disease that mainly affects 20-40 year old females. It causes the symptoms that I mentioned above plus many more. With Lupus the body’s immune system attacks both good and bad cells causing inflammation and damage. This overactive immune system can attack all areas of the body, this is why it’s called Systemic Lupus. It can attack the kidneys, heart, liver, skin, brain, lungs, etc.

      Lupus can be treated but not cured. Lifelong medications such as steroids and immuno suppressants are needed to keep the immune system in check and also to help with the joint pain and swelling.

      Again, I would be curious to see why a doctor would suspect this in a four year old male. What symptoms did he present with. What were the chief complaints. These are some serious questions that you need to ask the doctor before being satisfied that a diagnosis of Lupus is correct.

  5. Jb

    Is it ok to let the rumors fly?
    I’m being treated for mental illnesses. My diagnosis is complicated and my symptoms have been strong enough to warrant a leave of absence. My manager has been great, not pressing for details or anything, and allows me to take my meds whenever I need to, even if I can’t take a break and have to take them in my work area.

    The problem is, my coworkers have their own theories on what’s “wrong” with me. I supposedly have cancer, diabetes, thyroid problems, lupus, birth defects… you name it, and someone thinks I have it.

    I’m not ashamed of my conditions but I’m a private person. I don’t want to volunteer information. Is it ok to just let them think what they want? I feel guilty. And if anyone finds out, will I be a liar by omission?

    1. Completely Anonymous

      Don’t feel guilty. Like others said, it isn’t any of their business. I’m glad your manager is so understanding.

      I do want to point out that, unfortunately, there is sometimes a stigma attached to mental illness. So if you have some really uneducated individuals in your office, telling them the truth (even if you just tell them your medical condition(s)) may make things worse.

  6. blazn05

    Info on Navy Humanitarian Transfer?
    My husband is in the navy and his mom has lupus and was diagnosed with lung cancer recently. He has talked to his command about a HUMS transfer and they said he is eligible for approval. Can anyone tell me if there is specific paperwork we need to get from the command to be filled out? We have some information but it’s basically telling us to get written statements from the doctor and family members. The doctor says he needs a specific form or we can pay $12 a form for her medical records. (There are ALOT.) Also if we do get approved does the navy pay for the move? Any information from someone who knows or has been through this would be greatly appreciated,

    1. Mrsjvb

      if he is approved it will be a PCS move so yes it will be covered. he needs to talk to his NC or *shudder* go to PSD and get the necessary forms.

      basically you will need to show that there is literally NO one else who can step up to care for her and that her condition is terminal/short term( not expected to last more than 12 months) at the end of the 12 months if she is not improved you will have to request an extension. Compassionate Reassignments are meant to be short term so unless his mother is located near a major Installation that he has a good chance of being stationed at for regular duties, this is only a temporary solution.

  7. P S

    Is it cancer or something else – many tests?
    Ok ive got a relative 48 years of age female.

    Has very low iron levels – gets puffy easily has recently seen doctor who has ordered the following tests – feels very fatigued, probable anemia

    Full blood count, FGY test, CEA test. A CT scan, colonscopy and endoscopy. Family history of chrons disease, also lupus.

    Doctor isnt saying what could be the problem ( anything from ulcer to pollop – GP suggested that it was unlikley to be cancer) though said testing was urgent, suggested could be a GI bleed. Otherwise healthy, no blood in stool, no lumps around abdomen area but has had some minor stomach pain.

    Celiac disease is one of the blood tests indicators thats being looked at, what is the chance or thoughts on what could be im a bit worried thinking it could be colon or stomach cancer, could be something as simple as malabsortion , in the last 4 months has had glandular fevor anyone with any thoughts ?

    * 17 hours ago
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    17 hours ago
    I should add my relative asked the doctor what the likelihood of cancer was and was told doctor would be surprised if it was cancer. Indicating that it probably was an outside chance – tests are happening next week anyway – so doctor is being level and tests being done

    From what ive read if it was more cancer concern feacel stool testing would have been done plus an MRI which at the moment hasnt been ordered. So could the be looking for something else and if something else what could that be

    16 hours ago
    In reply to the third contributor ( thankyou for the additional information) based on the information i have ( i dont think a stool sample was asked for) other elements of the blood test are testing for chrons disease and a marker for celiaic.

    If it isnt cancer what other problems would fit the general medical area that the doctor might be looking for ( ie what could be the possible disorders or other medical problems they would be lookign for) if its cancer my relative is well prepared for treatment and so forth. It would be hopefully caught in early stages) but what other conditions of a less serious nature be likley to be what dr might be looking for
    In reply to kateyn i live with this relative and its definetly not a eating disorder. She is off work and im pretty well around her all the time. There were confirmed low iron levels a few years ago was put down to respiratory issues those cleared up but there has been a recurrence of low iron levels ( plus folate levels) b12 levels were ok. This woman who is 48 eats quite a bit its more the absorption thats the issue, the real issue is whats causing the low iron absorption

    Thanks for youre contribution anyway, eating disorders are a serious concern but in this case no its not the focus

    1. Daisee

      My guess is iron deficiency anemia…. because she has low folate level and she had the same symptoms previously.

      Abdominal pain is also a symptom of iron deficiency anemia.

      The cause can be blood loss through the gastrointestinal tract caused by colon cancer, hookworms, hemorrhoids, anal fissures, irritable bowel syndrome, aspirin-induced bleeding, blood clotting disorders, or diverticulosis.

      I really doubt that is caused by colon cancer. I think by now she would have more symptoms like bowel changes, vomiting, lack of apetite, vomiting, bloating and feeling full.

      Plus…if they were looking for colon cancer, they would have ordered the colonoscopy but not the endoscopy.

      Iron deficiency anemia has a good prognosis. Let’s see how good I am at diagnosing over the internet….LOL

      Best of luck.

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