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Hand swelling

Hi, I'm Jewell

I had a lumpectomy back in July. Recently my right hand seems swollen and tight every morning when I wake up and it’s hard to close my fingers. It seems to go away during the day though.
Is this a normal side effect of lymph node removal or possibly Letrozol?

  • Post #1
  • Mon May 13, 2019
Hi, I'm Betti

I had your symptoms a few years ago but hadn’t had a lymph node dissection on the right side, by far the worst of the 2. When it really got bothering me at night I self diagnosed myself with carpal tunnel issues and bought a special splint to wear at night. After a few months I had numbness in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. I went to my clinic and had nerve conduction studies that confirmed carpal tunnel problems. Since my right had was the worst both for me and on testing I elected to have surgery and not a steroid shot. What a difference. About 3 months after surgery all numbness was now gone but the left one started acting the same way. I elected to try a steroid shot first, relieved some of my symptoms but not all so had surgery on it as well (9 months after the other one). BTW—I too was on Letrozole at the time but never thought to ask if it was it causing my problems.

  • Post #2
  • Mon May 13, 2019
Hi, I'm Plucker1

I had lymph nodes removed under my right arm, in November. It took several months to get back to normal. I still have some swelling under my armpit when I use it heavily. I think it’s all part of the healing process.

  • Post #3
  • Tue May 14, 2019
Hi, I'm Delores A S.

It’s possible you’re having Lymphedema symptoms & should speak to your care team about your symptoms. My local Community Cancer Care Center provides an educational program on that so you’re aware of symptoms to look for. Good luck’

  • Post #4
  • Wed May 15, 2019
Hi, I'm LeAnn

Have your doctor refer you to a Lymphedema Clinic, they can give you therapy and exercises. I went yesterday and already feel the difference!

  • Post #5
  • Wed May 15, 2019

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