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Thanks for posting.
After breast surgery some people develop a tight “cord” of tissue under the skin, which can cause pain and restrict arm movement. The cord is not always visible but can usually be felt.
No one is sure what causes cording, but it may happen when lymph vessels (which carry lymph fluid from the arm) becoming hardened.
Stretching the cord can improve your symptoms and you may need physiotherapy to help with this. You will sometimes be advised to take pain relief before performing the stretches as they may feel uncomfortable. Cording usually gets better with physiotherapy and exercises. If you haven’t seen a physiotherapist you could ask for a referral.
It is recommended you keep doing these exercises until you have got back the range of movement you had before your operation. After radiotherapy it’s a good idea to do the exercises for as long as you’re still experiencing tightness and stiffness, and you may want to continue doing them after this.
Here at Breast Cancer Care we offer a range of free supportive services that you might be interested in. This includes face to face support at a number of locations throughout the country. For more details about all of these services, or if you would like to talk this through, please see the information on the link, or call our free Helpline. The number is 0808 800 6000.
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Thanks girls, Sorry for late reply but my head has been all over the place. Surgery went well, took an hour longer than expected but healing well in my breast area although had to get 300ml of fluid drained just over a week ago. Appointment for results today , lump removed and they are confident that they have got 2mm of healthy tissue . 11 glands removed re the lymph nodes and no cancer in them which is great news . Have cording under my armpit which explains my soreness and lack of movement and also have had a flare up of the similar cording in my right arm which means I can' t straighten it now . Hubby feels like its a celebration but I'm not there yet ! I have to have 3 weeks of radiotheraphy, maybe more chemo and I can't help but look at my bald head, no eyelashes , bloated body and a boob missing and I feel broken .... Please tell me I am not going mad xx
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