A Japanese patient who
experienced swollen lymph nodes following surgery for breast
cancer wrote this page. Although not a medical doctor,
she offers advice on how to reduce edema based on her own
The support of a product to introduce in this page is only a
Then, an instruction manual and a product are Japanese
Attention : It doesn’t answer a question from the foreign
country except for Japan.
model DM-4S ArmBand
The swelling of lymph
nodes does not occur suddenly, and because of that, there is
no sense of crisis to the medical institutions, resulting in
delayed treatment. Further, treatment for swollen lymph
nodes is not covered by most insurance plans. This paper
introduces the MEDOMER and Dr. MEDOMER massage machines for
home treatment of edema.
The Lymph System
Blood controls oxygen and nutrition to the body’s cells.
The lymph system is part of the immune system that prevents
infection from pathogenic organisms.
The lymph system is distributed throughout the entire body.
A lymph node is where individual lymph vessels combine.
The function of lymph nodes is to filter the lymphatic
Cancer cells can spread to other parts of the body through
the lymph system.
In an operation to remove cancerous tissue, the lymph system
around that tissue is removed as well to insure against the
The lymph vessels are severed, and lymph flow is obstructed
This can result in swelling of lymph nodes.
The Swelling Process
As part of an operation to remove cancerous tissue, the
nearby lymph system can be removed as well to prevent the cancer
from spreading to other parts of the body. Because of the
obstructed flow, swelling of the lymph nodes can occur.
The swelling is due to an accumulation of pathogenic
organisms, proteins, and water that are normally processed and
flushed away. This is unhealthy for the body, and can cause
sickness in addition to the edema. When sickness occurs with
edema, it is often diagnosed as swollen lymph nodes, as
distinguished from other types of edema.
The lymphatic system is distributed along the circulatory
system throughout the entire body. In the case of breast cancer
and uterine cancer, the lymph nodes near those areas connect
some of the main vessels in the lymph system. Consequently, flow
of lymphatic fluid from the extremities is diminished. It seems
that sickness due to swollen lymph nodes is probable with these
types of cancer.
Getting sick due to lymph node swelling can occur in cases
other than cancer operations. There was a case of a man with a
broken collar bone who experienced swollen lymph nodes stemming
from damage to the lymph system in the breast area. This was a
relatively rare occurrence. In some cases, swelling of the lymph
nodes does not occur immediately following surgery, but can
appear as many as 20 years later.
Regeneration of Lymph Vessels
Even if lymph node swelling is relieved, it can not be cured
completely. But don’t be disappointed, because an animal has
the ability to heal naturally. It is said in Japan that
illness is part mental, and to have a positive mental
outlook will help the healing process.
Further, it is said that a severed
lymph vessel will regenerate little by little. Edema and
numbness are eased if one expects it and is devoted to the
treatment. It is necessary to massage the area regularly to
avoid a buildup of fluid over time. Let’s believe that the lymph
system is regenerating, and do our best.
Daily Life Habits
In the case of the leg, blood and fluids tend to collect at
the bottom due to gravity. In addition to elastic stockings and
bandages that are conferred by doctors, the best treatment is to
do massage of the legs.
In the case of the arm, lymphatic fluid accumulates due to
centrifugal force and gravity. Don’t carry heavy baggage or
swing the arms, as in playing tennis for example. Keep the
posture such that the lymphatic fluid always flows in the
direction of the heart.
When sleeping, use cushions to elevate the affected area
above the level of the heart.
Advice for Care
Start treatment early without waiting for symptoms of edema
to appear following the operation. After symptoms are present,
it takes a longer time to reduce the effects.
In the case of the arm, raise it and massage it gently to
push the lymphatic fluid in the direction from the finger tips
toward the shoulder.
In the case of the leg, a bed or sofa is used even when a
massage machine such as MEDOMER is used. Elevate the leg to a
position higher than the heart to help the fluid flow. Massage
the leg in the direction from the tip of the foot toward the
If nausea occurs during the massage, stop the massage at
once. Nausea sometimes occurs because of a rapid increase in
Personal Experience with Swollen Lymph Nodes
October 1997 ? I was operated on for breast cancer in the
April 1999 ? Edema and numbness appeared in my right arm. My
doctor recommended massage, which I received every morning in
the hospital. In the evening, in the orthopedic section of the
hospital, four turrets were attached to the sides of the bed. My
arm was placed into an “L” shaped holder and fastened with tape.
The holder was hung with wire from the turrets as I slept. It
was impossible for me to sleep in this position, but I continued
out of the single-minded desire to cure the edema.
I learned about the MEDOMER air massage machine by looking
in a catalog of medical devices. I did some research on ways to
reduce the swelling of lymph nodes. My doctor recognized my
hope, and then I began to use the MEDOMER massage machine.
May 1999 ? Edema began to ease, and numbness became slight.
June 1999 ? When my condition was at its worst, there was a
2.5 cm difference in size between my left arm and right arm.
Now, numbness has disappeared and the edema has stopped being
conspicuous. It was possible for me to wear short sleeved shirts
during the summer, which I was afraid to do before.
February 2000 ? Edema is stable and anxiety has disappeared,
although some edema appears when I overwork or go on a trip.
May 2000 ? On the train, even though there were empty seats,
I stood up and raised my hand to hold onto a strap. It seemed
strange to the surrounding passengers, but that is my normal
posture to improve the swelling of my lymph nodes.
December 2002 ? I am reaching my long awaited result, while
doing massage two times per week. My condition has continually
improved, and I forget about my illness. I believe that the
lymphatic vessels are regenerating, and I want to live
January 2003 ? Edema is best restrained by early
treatment, and it can be kept in a controlled state so that
there is no hindrance to daily life. Though each individual is
different, there is a chance for everyone to improve. Let’s have
hope, and work toward a cure without giving up.
Important Before use of ［MEDOMER］
The Structure of the Massage Machine
The MEDOMER air massage machine
creates an action that is similar to muscular contraction and
relaxation by pressuring and relieving multiple air chambers in
a boot placed around the affected body area. This promotes
return blood flow and lymphatic fluid flow.
Boots are composed of four air
chambers. There is a wave mode, in which successive
chambers are pressured one at a time. There is also a
squeeze mode, in which successive chambers are
pressured, ending with all four chambers under pressure
simultaneously. After the fourth chamber is pressured,
the chambers are relieved, and the cycle repeats again.
Do not use MEDOMER if there is a sprain, bone fracture, or other
such condition near the swollen area. Stop use and consult with
a doctor if there is an infection or if any fluid escapes from
the swollen area. Stop use and consult with a doctor if there is
pain or abnormal discomfort.
How to Use MEDOMER
In the case of the arms, elevate the arm higher than the heart.
Wrap the arm with plastic wrap directly on the skin to promote
perspiration. Wrap in the direction from the hand to the
shoulder. Wear an elastic bandage.
In the case of the legs, elevate the leg higher than the heart.
Wrap with plastic wrap directly on the skin. Wear an elastic
stocking. This is best done while laying of a bed or sofa.
If the edema is in an early state, set the timer for 20 minutes
or less. Perform the massage three times daily.
Be sure to read the instruction manual before using MEDOMER. If
you notice any unusual discomfort, stop use and consult your
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