19-02-2017 02:07 AM
06-02-2017 09:31 PM
I had pain in my left armpit and below about one month after mastectomy that was finally cured by a therapist who used a little metal tool to break down the scar tissue. He also stretched my arm a lot. Walking and swinging the arms helped too. I'm having my last reconstruction surgery next week on the 15th. Prayers needed that all goes well. Good luck to you. Don't give up hope. God Bless
29-12-2016 12:53 PM
27-12-2016 12:52 PM
I know what you mean about the pain. My left side hurt so bad that I would cry out in pain. The only thing that relieved it was to lay flat on my back. No pillows. It was scar tissue build up on a nerve the doc said. I did find a very good therapist that would stretch me the opposite way. He had me twist to the right several times. Then I could lift the arm a little higher after each set. Walking helped too swinging the arms slightly. I did not want to take so many pain pills because of the side effects. But I had to for relief. And I prayed a lot. I found comfort in scripture. Turn to the Lord for He is always with us. He will hold you in the comfort of His arms. God bless you
27-12-2016 08:01 AM
06-12-2016 12:36 PM
I had a double mastectomy due to DCIS on March 9, got an infection on the right side and ended up having the implant taken out one month later. I recovered quickly once they took the implant out. I did have very bad scar tissue pain on the left side but finally finding the right therapist the pain stopped. I was playing golf and exercising by May 25. The dr did not want to replace the implant for 6 months, waiting for the infection to be all clear. It's now December 6. I had the expanders put in to stretch the skin out and he will put in the implant in 3 months. I still have a drain which is very painful but hopefully comes out today. I still feel like I'm wearing a very tight sports bra. I don't know if that feeling will ever go.away. I'm ready for this journey to be over with It's been a long year but that God, I'm cancer free.
06-12-2016 07:23 AM
I have done my double incision mastectomy in the last month and the recovery period is most likely related to the depth of the surgery. I started shower after 8 days and my next appointment is on 12th of this month. Recovery process would be easy on the mind and body if we adhere to the surgeon's guidance.Here's a blog which explains about the recovery period after a mastectomy : http://www.ftmtopsurgery.ca/blog/ftm-surgery/whats
13-04-2016 10:27 PM
I had a bilateral mastectomy March 9. I was doing very well and then developed an infection and thought I was going to lose one of the implants. I did not have to have chemo or radiation so they were able to put implants in right away. 5 days in the hospital and heavy antibiotics, and now 10 more days or antibiotics. It's a wait and see game now. Over the last week I have developed a horrible pain on the left side. This was not the cancerous breast. The pain is excruciating and I have cried many nights over this pain. Hoping it's just part of the healing process as the dr says. Has anyone else experienced this?
25-01-2016 11:22 PM
05-08-2015 08:42 PM
Hi it took me about 9 weeks to recover from my mastectomy on my right breast with dermal lattice reconstruction ( Also had full node clearance ) very pleased with results although after having radiotherapy it has unsettled the breast and made it feel more solid. Going back to surgeon at end of October. So hoping it will improve.
31-07-2015 09:56 PM
03-01-2011 09:39 PM
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
03-01-2011 09:29 PM
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!
03-01-2011 05:36 PM
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.
04-12-2010 10:57 PM
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.
04-12-2010 06:33 PM
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.......
04-12-2010 04:45 PM
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
04-12-2010 03:39 PM
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