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SnowyOwl2
Posts: 99
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

Hi there
just walking through the forums before I settle down in front of the TV for the night. You will recover from your mastectomy - different people take different times. I remember being very impatient to start my chemo after surgery but my oncologist was right to make me wait 6 weeks. I had my op in February 2005 and went back to teaching in the September with no problem reaching the top of the whiteboard, and certainly no pain. there are parts of my armpit that are still numb today but I was warned about that before the op - and I guess that depends how invasive your surgery has been.
Hope this is helpful
Tina

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yamslass
Posts: 131
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

Thanks Sophie. That sounds quite promising.

Rose

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triphazard99
Posts: 1,836
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

My arm is still not 'right', but I don't notice it anymore, so it's either got much, much better, or I've got used to it after all.. think it has actually got better! It still tingles and feels odd when I touch it, and occasionally when I lean on something I have to move, because it's uncomfortable, but it doesn't drive me spare all the time like it initially did - it's quite liveable with now!

Armpit still numb - can't feel when I spray deodorant under it, and parts of inner arm also totally numb, very odd when showering and using a shower scrunchie!!

So.. yes, def. improvements. Hang in there!

Sophie xx

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yamslass
Posts: 131
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

I had a double mastectomy three weeks ago and was fine pain wise for the first week. The nerve pain has been with me across the front of my chest and inner arms the last week and a half and is quite debilitating. Interested to know if you ladies above have had relief from it yet.

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triphazard99
Posts: 1,836
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

Hiya, I had mx just over three weeks ago, and though the wound itself has been totally pain free, my arm burns and tingles and it drives me up the wall.. looking forward to that settling down, but do know it could take months rather than weeks to get to whatever stage is 'normal' for me, post-op. I was amazed initially that I was signed off for six weeks.. but now very glad I was.

Sophie x

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elizabethtrace
Posts: 534
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

thank you everyone for the advice and re assurance it is good to learn it is normal for me to be experiencing the things i am, it does seem to ease off but then comes back, the nerves must be messed up i suppose, anyway thanks once again for the posts very helpful.......

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amethyst5
Posts: 13
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

Hi

I had my mastectomy on the 26.10.10 with sentinol node removal. Still experience tightness and sometimes sharp pains in the area, with some swelling on ribs.My case was a little complex as I had bi-lateral cancer (in both breats). So I had mastectomy on right and WLE on left with SNB on both sides.

My BCN reassured me that my symptoms were normal and it takes a couple of months to heal. As it was my right side I found it very difficult to brush my hair and dress/undress myself. I was given an exercise leaflet by my BCN which I found quite helpful. Doing the excercises regularly really helped to ease the stiffness. Avoid lifting heavy things e.g shopping bags.

Hope you feel better soon.

Take care. xxx

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marial
Posts: 735
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

HI, I have had 2, one in 2003 and the other in April 2010. I really think it is two months before all settles down, so don't worry, things will get better. I had dreadful nerve pain on the skin, where it was very uncomfortable, especially where my bra seemed to rub, but it does get better. One day at a time is the best way to cope.
All the best to you
Maria x

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millykins01
Posts: 560
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

Re: how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

HI

I had mine on 29th & still have tighness & some pain but I did have issues with my wound swelling & needing draining etc - I still have dressings as it decided to burst - I take tramadol for the pain but am starting to ease off & am on 3 doses of paracetamol & codiene. You don't say if you had node clearance too??? - anyway I think this can be fairly normal & often the pain gets worse before it gets better as you say the nerves re join & start sending signals again so causes pain & as the scar heals it can get tight. Any concerns I would call your BCN??

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elizabethtrace
Posts: 534
Registered: ‎01-05-2012

how long does it take to recover from a mastectomy

hi everyone, i had a mastectomy 5 weeks ago this thursday coming, i have had a lot of nerve pain, at least thats what i think it is!!!!!!!!it feels like burning, and a tight feeling i have started ampytriptalin i think that is how you spell it i dont like to speak too soon but it seems to be improving, has anyone else experienced this and if so how long does it last for, look forward to hearing from anyone who could give me some advice

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