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Can lymphedema spread from my arms to other parts of my body

A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Yes.: Upper extremity lymphedema most commonly occurs following the treatment of breast cancer, which involves lymph node removal +/- radiation. The entire... Read More
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
No: Lymphedema is not an infection and typically does not spread. However if the lymphatics from one leg for example become overwhelmed they may cause swe... Read More

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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Greg Hinson
Family Medicine 27 years experience
Secondary infection: Good news is that shingles always follows set patterns. The outbreaks follow the course of a sensory nerve. So, if the outbreak isn't now near the arm... Read More
Dr. Joshua Garren
Radiation Oncology 24 years experience
Rare: Shingles rarely spreads from one area of the body to the next. I do hope that you are under treatment for your shingles, though. Treatment is effectiv... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Wesley Marquart
General Surgery 18 years experience
Yes: If you have been diagnosed with lymphedema than it may explain why your arms feel stiff. However, there are other causes of arm stiffness. Your pcp ca... Read More
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Yes : If your arms are swollen and heavy this could happen.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Devon Webster
Medical Oncology 22 years experience
Yes: Arm sleeves are partially effective. They are best at keeping lymphedema from getting worse. Gentle lymphatic massage can help move the fluid out of... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Denny Rodenberg
General Surgery 31 years experience
Compression: Commonly, physical therapists can help with massage and compressive wraps, sequential pumps and compressive garments will aid in maintenance. Don't ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Peter H'doubler
Vascular Surgery 40 years experience
Should be covered..: Compression and lymphatic massage are the mainstays of therapy for lymphedema. As lymphedema is a diagnosis of exclusion, make sure you see a vascula... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Miller
Wound care 36 years experience
Not really possible: Lymphedema occurs when there is a compromise of the lymphatic circulation. This third circulation (arteries, veins) carries things too thick to be s... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Compression , enzyme: Compression garment can reduce lymphedema and oral enzymes such as bromelain, serrapetase can be helpful of the area is not sclerotic.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Physical Therapy: Lymphedema may be managed by physical therapists trained in lymphatic drainage. I suggest you contact your primary care physician, surgeon, or local ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Yes: The best treatment for this is manual lymphatic drainage and complete decongestive therapy. This is essentially a massage technique that stimulates th... Read More

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