CONDITION: Lymphedema following cancer.
Sally developed lymphedema in 2010, 28 years after lymph node removal due to breast cancer.
DIAGNOSIS: Wrongfully diagnosed.
Sally attended physical therapy and bandaged her arm daily, which caused limited mobility due to the bulkiness. Also frustrating was the fact that the edema came back time and time again when the bandages were removed. Sally had little motivation to continue therapy.
Sally's stubborn swelling would return within 15 minutes of removing her armsleeve. However, cooking and making coffee are difficult when wearing her garments. Frustrating!
Although Sally tries to be compliant, she is frustrated because even simple tasks feel difficult with her garment. She struggles with cooking, because her garment gets tight and pinches in uncomfortable areas (e.g. her inner elbow). If she removes her garment for even 15 minutes, her Lymphedema will return