Problems w/axillary node surgery recovery

jennifer40 Member Posts: 1
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
Hi. I am 3 and half weeks out of mastectomy surgery w/axillary node dissection and getting a lot of vague answers from doctors. Has anyone experienced cords of tissue developing in their armpits with a very tight
banded feeling going on in the upper arm? I am doing all my exercises, not taking it too hard. I am really frustrated that no one seems to be able to say whether or not this is normal. I want to know if I should stick it out, or get physical therapy or something. I am pretty active and understand all the lymphedema risks etc. I feel as if I am reading every book in the library on breast cancer, but no one seems to talk about arm recovery other than lymphedema. Can anyone help? I am going through chemo and have a lot of emotional support, but no answers for this particular question. Thanks.