Feb 23, 2004 - 6:04 pm
I was wondering if anyone has any experience with a lymphatic system blockage after cancer staging operations. A few days ago I discovered that my right side from my groin down to my foot had swollen to about twice the normal size. After several tests to determine if I had a blood clot (which I didn't) the only thing the doctors could determine is that I must have a problem with the lymph drainage system on that side as I have had several nodes removed, several have been biopsied, and I had pelvic radiation. Shortly after the staging operation (which was done laproscopically) I had a sharp stabbing pain in my groin that no one could figure out -- it took weeks for it to finally go away. The pain came back a few weeks ago, and a few days before the whole leg swelled up I was having more groin pain and noticed that I was getting 'puffy' in that area again. The only treatment that they suggested was ice packs to reduce swelling and keeping my leg elevated. The swelling has gone down (some still in the calf) and the pain in my groin is reduced but still there -- especially if I stand or walk for too long. I'm wondering if there is any test that anyone knows about to determine if there is reduced flow, or if anyone else has a similar experience. I am concerned that this is some after-effect of radiation and I may be stuck with this for the rest of my life!