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Lymph: Lymphedema is a collection of protein debris. The lymph channels may be small or the numbers low. Proximal massage can help the channels "unplug" and allow return of the lymph up to the chest area where it is gotten rid of by the body. The lymph protein is considered breakdown products ie toxins. ...Read more
Risky activities: Lymph nodes monitor the status of the lymph which contains white cells that have eaten bacteria, viruses, etc and digested food too thick to go into the arteries/veins. Are delicate structures that when removed may reduce lymph flow. Further damage can occur if their area is further traumatized with unmonitored exercise and massage. Your surgeon is the best guide to what to do, how soon/often. ...Read more
Can hair dressers and massage therapists give head neck shoulder massages around swollen lymph nodes?
Yes: That is very ok as long as u enjoy it to your full satishfaction. ...Read more
I started giving myself breast massages to drain the lymph nodes andand have noticed it is painful to do this. They are all pretty swollen is this ok?
No: Are you breast feeding? Why are you draining lymph nodes? See your doctor. ...Read more
My right arm, breast and surrounding area is several inches larger. I have tried lymph drainage massage. What else should I look into?
See details: See a doctor and have the issue evaluated thoroughly. ...Read more
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Bad things spread: You can have swollen lymph nodes from infections or tumors. By rubbing it you may induce spread. ...Read more
Would a cancerous lymph node go down in size with heat and massage? Or would it just continue to grow?
I have enlarged lymph nodes due to follicular lphoma, what are thoughts on massage? Will it cause any problems?
Likely not: There should be no issue, but would suggest you ask your oncologist first. ...Read more
Swollen lymph node from infection. Doc said it was normal. Is it ok to like massage or rub it if it hurts really bad? Or is that dangerous
Painful & swollen collar bone lymph nodes rt side told b/c trigger pt massage on neck warm compress helped pain returned next day how long til better?
Ibex: Wait 1 week, no more. Something is brewing. ...Read more
Face swelling (last q) looks like steroid cheeks- but I'm not on any. Unless Afrin (oxymetazoline) is one? VP Shunt is for Pseudotumor. Revision next week. Lymph drainage massge/anything else help swelling for now?
Painful groin lump one week after angiogram and stent softens when massaged. Is it more likely to be a hernia than infection or lymph?
Back of neck tender for few days. Worse yesterday. Thought it was pulled muscle, so massaged it. Today I think it's a swollen lymph node and it's red? Is this lymphoma? No other signs of infection.
See doctor: If you have a swollen node and especially if it is persistent, you should see a doctor. It is not necessarily something ominous but it deserves more attention than an internet 'evaluation'. I hope it's nothing but get it checked out. ...Read more
Tissue fluid: Arteries and veins carry blood cells and a serum, some of which leaks out from capillaries and bathes your tissues. It gradually accumulates and is collected in lymph channels which empty back into the heart. It traverses nodes (lymph nodes) which can be the first line of defense against infection and cancer. When blocked, like after lymph node dissection, it can accumulate causing lymphedema. ...Read more
lymph node pathway: Lymph nodes are found throughout the body and are connected to each other by channels called lymphatics. Lymphocytes move back and forth in this system which also involves the blood, spleen and bone marrow in a large interconnecting network that protects the body from a large variety of invaders, and even cancer. ...Read more