Because after yesterday's post, our aim is to eventually to get a screen play written for a movie that includes a famous movie star playing the part of me with lymphedema, we need to understand how weight lifting assists those with lymphedema. Though I have no plans to have my movie star lifting weights during the movie unless she's lifting multitudes of men off of her.
In the past, when cancer surgery was performed on breast cancer patients (of which I am not), doctors would advise patients not to lift more than 15 pounds. This limiting of activity was thought to help prevent lymphedema in patients who've had lymph nodes removed during surgery or radiated post surgery. This limiting of activity does not apply to the kind of lymphedema I have (was born with) known as primary lymphedema which means my lymph nodes were either damaged or I simply don't have enough of them, and instead of a functional lymph system, I was born with a really good sense of humor.
Now it seems that more exercise is needed to help prevent lymphedema post surgery. Post study, Kathryn H. Schmitz, associate professor at the Univ. Of Pennsylvania School of Medicine said, “It’s the same principle as back rehab and cardiac rehab,” she said. “You’re slowly and progressively increasing the stress that your system can handle. We’re applying that to lymphedema.”
All I know is that my system has had enough stress in the past few months.
Read the article here. And then, would you please tell me what it says?