I was diagnosed with breast cancer January 15, 2017. After 4 surgeries and 6 weeks of radiation, I thought the worst was over. Needless to say, I was wrong. I started noticing swelling and pain in late 2017.
My doctor sent me to a physical therapist specializing in lymphedema. I was fitted with a compression sleeve and treated at least twice a week.
The pain and discomfort was overwhelming. Three doctors told me that lymphedema would be my toughest challenge. They were not exaggerating.
I found myself sinking into a really dark place. The cancer didn't get me but I felt like the lymphedema would.
The compression sleeve was an instrument of torture. Physical therapy was painful and not helping.
I decided to try something else. An article I read suggested lifting weights. I started a fitness program focusing on upper body strength and mobility. My arm slowly started getting better.
One of my doctors suggested acupuncture. I found a reputable highly recommended practitioner.
A combination of acupuncture, massage, and cupping therapy worked wonders. Swelling and pain have completely disappeared. I feel like myself again. Find what works for you and stick with it.