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swollen back

PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 10:43 am
by angel
hello the top of my shoulderblade/back is really swollen. I don't know what to do because the whole area of muscle is really tight all the way down the right side due to this, and I have had problems with this before. The whole area is soo crunchy and tight. All my muscles on that side are soo tight and uncomfortable. At the moment i am using a numbing gel.
I don't know how to treat it-if it is le or muscular. Any ideas?

swollen back

PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 2:23 pm
by suzeeq
Hi angel, I probably wouldn't use a numbing gel on your back until you find out the cause of the swelling. Are you being followed by a doctor? Where is your lymphedema usually? Maybe you could just make a phone call to your doctor's office. They will know whether you need to be seen. Being on your back, it's hard for you to see much. Did you do something strenuous that might have caused trauma to your back muscles? I think alot of us try to diagnose ourselves, but we should leave that to the docs. I do know from other people on this site who have been frustrated with some doctors, from giving them wrong info or being misdiagnosed for years. But there are good ones out there. You just have to find one that you trust. Good Luck! Susan

PostPosted: Sat Feb 03, 2007 4:08 pm
by patoco
Hi Angel

There is manual decongestive therapy that can actually be done on the back, shoulders etc.

It sounds as if you need this treatment for that area.

If you have a lymphedema therapist ask them about it.

In the blog Lymphedemaville

there are illustrated pages on how to stimulate the lymph nodes (this is used as a precusor to massage).

The two pages that cover this are:

Lymphnode Map Front and Back Illustrated ... rated/1716

Lymphnodes Stimulation Front and Back Illustrated ... rated/1717

If you click on "View"archines" at the top right hand corner of the page, it will bring up a listing of all articles, there are some self massage articles and some wrapping articles that I put in on the same day so you should be able to access them by scrolling through the articles list.

Hope this can help....let me know.

:mrgreen: Pat O'Connor

PostPosted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:56 am
by angel
thanks so much pat!