Secondary Upper Limb Lymphoedema - RESULTS Update with Deep Oscillation at home
Mrs C has kindly provided an update and measurements which show Deep Oscillation is playing a favourable part in self care of her arm.
"I am using the unit every day, sometimes twice a day but not always. Occasionally, I have missed a day, but that’s rare. I’ve probably only missed 5 days in total from date of purchase. My MLD therapist has confirmed this reduction with her measurements, but I like to do my own as a double check.
Julie asked if she noticed a difference when she had not used it?
No, I don’t think a day is long enough to notice, but obviously there is no improvement that day. Before I got it, my arm was just going the other way. Steadily growing in size, heavy and thickening. My arm feels lighter or rather more normal nowadays. I only measure myself once a month. But my friends have commented on how my arm seems slimmer and softer to them.
I’ve also found a more comfortable sleeve to wear which was recommended by my MLD therapist. It's a Jobst class two with silicon top. Hopefully my NHS nurse will agree and prescribe this one for me.
I’m now confident my results are definitely real and not wishful thinking. I’m so happy I found PhysioPod!
Deep Oscillation needs better publicity and promotion by the NHS."
"I was diagnosed with Secondary Lymphoedema in my right arm 18 years after all my lymph nodes had been removed following my breast cancer diagnosis in 2000. I’ve no idea what triggered it and they do say you are susceptible to Lymphoedema at any time once those lymph nodes have been removed.
It was in the hot summer of 2018, that I suddenly noticed, whilst out walking, that my hand and lower part of my arm had swelled. My hand subsequently went down but my lower arm stayed swollen all the way up to the elbow. I tried everything to get it down, I slept with it raised on a pillow, had it strapped by the Lymphoedema nurse and wore my arm sleeves religiously.
Sadly, I noticed recently that my arm had started to thicken. My Lymphoedema nurse suggested I look for a cheap vibrating massager, as she felt my arm would benefit from being agitated. My research lead me to the Deep Oscillation Personal, which sadly, was not cheap. I realise then that this was the same equipment my MLD therapist had used on me previously. I had stopped my MLD sessions as I could see that I needed them more frequently than I could afford long term.
The cost equated to 50 MLD sessions with my Therapist, so if it works, definitely worth it. I have used the device religiously for two 50 minute sessions a day. I measured my arm before I started and at the end of the first week. I was astounded to see, not only was my arm much softer and more pliable, it had also reduced in volume by 1.5 cm in circumference from my wrist to my elbow. Where my arm had been quite round and solid, it was now much more bendy at the wrist and the definition along the bottom of my arm had returned. I am excited about future results!
Just finished a complete session with 50 mins in the machine. I covered the applicator tightly with cling film. I can see how this would protect the life of the applicator. I used the talc which definitely aided the ‘glide’ over the arm. I was surprised how quickly 50 minutes went. Will do another session later today. Will aim to do it 2-3 times a day, and will measure my arm after a week to see if there is any change.
P.S I’ve been focusing the machine quite a bit on my elbow, as I remember the therapist saying “hmm there seems to be a blockage at your elbow” which would make sense as my upper arm doesn’t have Lymphoedema. Think I may be breaking up that concrete ?? Very, very, happy with my purchase."