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    Hello Everyone,

    I am new to this site. It has been 2 weeks since I had my robotic L RPLND.
    -My left leg is still slightly swollen and also it is 8f warmer than the other leg. -There is some burning sensation in the left upper thigh.
    - my back hurts if I sleep.So, having problems sleeping.
    Are these symptoms expected? Will they go away with time?

    Thanks in advance for your answers! God bless!!

  • #2
    I had an open RPLND a week ago and I've been having terrible back pain. I attribute mine to two factors: 1) My tumor had grown into part of my back muscle and my surgeon had to take some of the muscle to get all the tumor; 2) I had terrible muscle spasms post-op.
    Back pain Nov 2012
    Got Engaged 4/27/13
    Swollen neck lymph node 5/13
    Diagnosed with stage IIIB non-seminoma 6/13/13
    AFP 3,511
    Beta HCG 19,482
    Lung and lymph node metastasis
    Large tumor in abdomen caused my back pain
    Testicular tumor could only be seen with ultrasound
    4xBEP 6/25/13-9/10/13
    Graduated college 8/15/13
    Markers normalized
    RPLND and Orchiectomy 11/11/13
    Beta HCG: 38.5 on 12/17/13
    Start 4x TIP 12/17/13
    Got Married on 12/27/13
    Neuropathy: plans change. 3x TIP + 2x ATP


    • #3
      The swelling in the leg could be lymphodema. Did your surgeon advise you to have a very low fat diet for the first few weeks post-op to help avoid this? It might help. My husband had robotic RPLND and had some swelling in groin and left thigh. It went away after about 8 or 9 days.
      Toni-wife of Jim, age 43 at DX
      8/15/13 Left I/O, CT scans clear
      8/23/13 Path#1 -U of Rochester: 2cm tumor - 80% EC, 20% Seminoma, No LVI
      9/9/13 Path #2 - IU - 35%EC, 50% Yolk Sac, 10% Seminoma, 5% Chorio, a Focus of LVI
      9/13/13 Path #3 - Johns Hopkins - 40% EC, 45% Yolk Sac, 10% Seminoma, 5% Chorio, NO LVI
      9/30/13 Robotic RPLND at Johns Hopkins with Dr. Allaf - 32 nodes removed. ALL CLEAR!
      10/23/14 Lastest round of bloodwork- ALL CLEAR still...