Some signs of lymphedema include:
- A full or heavy feeling in the area, like your arm, leg, belly, or genitals
- The skin in the area changes texture, feels tight or hard, or looks red
- New aching or discomfort in the area
- Less movement or flexibility in nearby joints, like your hand, wrist, or ankle
- Trouble fitting into clothes in one area, such as the sleeve of your jacket, a pant leg, or your sock being tight
- Rings, watches, and/or bracelets feel tight even though you have not gained weight
If you have had lymph nodes removed or radiation treatment, look closely at your body in front of a mirror. Compare both sides of your body and look for changes in size, shape, or skin color. If you notice any of the signs listed above, and if they last for 1 to 2 weeks, call your doctor or nurse.
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