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

Hi,

I went for my Bra fitting yesterday, my Prosthesis, and i am really pleased with it.

I mentioned to my Breast Care Nurse, that where i had my Mastectomy (Right side) i feel really sore-all of a sudden.She has told me it is probably Bone Bruising! She said not to worry.But it feels very sore and tender.Otherwise, i am in tip top condition.

Has anyone else had this i wonder?

x

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

Hi I have just read what's happened to u ..I have just had same done on Monday when does the pain ease xx
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I am cancer free now but have some ongoing health isssues as a result of treatment.Getting there though !
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Hi Butterflies,both times I was home on my own too.They should always invite you in with support to discuss things like that , the nurse said if I had invited you to come in you would have known anyway ???
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Thank you for replying. And that must have been awful for you--Twice. I think something should be done about this. Its unacceptable .

i hope you are well now x

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Hi Butterflies,well done for having the courage to post and share your story !! I pretty much got told I had cancer over the phone ( twice ) and I think it is a terrible way to give people bad news .Your call on a Friday - really not good ! Keep posting !!!
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Hello,This is my first time on the Forum.

I went for my normal Mammogram, i didnt have a lump or anything.Although years ago i have had 2 lumpectomys which were benign.

I was diagnosed with low grade DCIS in February, after having all the usual biopsies etc. i was told that all i needed was a Lumpectomy. I had this done in April.

 I recieved a phone call off my Breast Care nurse 2 weeks later, to tell me that i would have to have a Mastectomy.You can imagine how i felt after this phone call!Telling me this on a Friday . My Doctor and Family were not pleased that i was informed this way.

I did see my Consultant, and he told me that all the tissue was not removed.

I had my Mastectomy (right breast)9 weeks ago, on the 7th. June. I stayed in Hospital overnight, and for the next 5 days the District Nurses came to empty my drains. I did do my excercises, and my Husband cared for me.And my Family were wonderful and supportive. I am doing well , i still have slight discomfort, and still have numbness under my arm, where the 2 lymph nodes were removed.And i still feel tired if i do too much.

I did go to the Hospital a few times, to have fluid drained from the site.

And the same Breast Care nurse that phoned me about my Mastectomy, asked if i wanted her to phone me and let me know my results from my OP!!!I couldnt believe it.I bellowed---NO

As i believe she was disciplined over it, and shouldnt have given such news over the phone.

What did help me, prepare for my OP. Was watching the Victoria Derbyshire Video, when she had her  Mastectomy. I must have watched it about 10 times!

I go for my Bra fitting on Thursday, and my Prostheis, as i didnt want reconstruction.

I do feel sad that i have "lost" my right breast, but it is a small price to pay.

I am now debating wether, to have my left breast removed, to prevent what happened.But my Doctor has told me to discuss this with my Consultant in January.

I am on 20mg.Tamoxifen, and as yet no side effects, although i did have a Hysterectomy when i was 38yrs.

On the whole my OP, thanks to the video i watched, went smoothly. The only part i didnt like, was when the Surgeon was marking my right breast, with his felt tip pen,it seemed to go on forever. i did feel like breaking down, i felt humiliated. I know this has to done, but surely they can do it when we are under!!

I hope my letter will help someone, as this Forum has helped me.I am on it everyday, but its the first time, i have written anything. x

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I am OK thanks. Just going for dressings changed tomorrow. Hopefully they will take it off for good. Still get tired though.
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I had my surgery on the 13th April too - how are you doing now?
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Brilliant reading this forum. I had a mastectomy last week. Had dressings changed yesterday. So very sore where lymph node was taken out.
The reply about little electric shock helped as I get these a lot.
Tried to do too much normal stuff I suppose.
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I forgot one great thing. My surgeon told me to empty my drains in my plants. I did. The protein makes them shoot up like Jack and the Beanstalk!
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I had a 6 centimeter tumor and 12 lymph nodes removed. Send home with drains. It didn't take long to recover as long as I did the walk the wall exercises. My armpits are still a bit numb. I don't think I'll ever regain total feeling. Who cares? I'm alive! Keep exercising and also keep your arm as much as you can up with your armpit exposed. That helps eliminate lymphedema, which I get every now and then if I wear jewelry on the same side as my operation. Good luck! You will feel better.
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I had my surgery April 13 and they ran into complications that extended my surgery from 4 to lil over 6 hrs. I spent wk and half in the hospital and was discharged with 4 drain bags that drains as much as when I was admitted. I recently visited ER fr major discoloration on the right side. Fortunately not an infection but alot of bruising. Ice packs bring some comfort but I still need help in and out of bed, restroom and I would love to take a shower. Hopefully this will get better and I can be more independent.

Love
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My surgeon always used glue on top of the stitches that were on the inside.  I was always afraid to remove the glue for the same reason, pain, drainage or infection so I would wait until the Doctor would remove it.   I used "5x7" gauze  pads so the surgical bra would not rub the incisions.  Feel. Better soon

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I have had a double mastectomy and anc in one arm last week. I got out of hospital without drains but still.have steri strips. I am frightened to remove them in case of pain or infection or opening the wound but the elastic bra band is rubbing, what advice does anyone have?
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it's been 3 weeks and I was told by my surgeon to massage the area of the incisionsame and that seems to help....I know every surgergy is different, I am wondering the range of time before I don't feel like I am out of significant pain
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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

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I had an ultrasound last week - lumps in mastectomy area and armpit turned out to be scar tissue and fluid - pain is still there but I am relieved.
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Hi, I had my mastectomy in Jan 2016 and node removal in Feb 2016 - it is only now that it is painful. I now have pain going down my arm and my shoulder is now clicking in and out of joint. This is particularly awful first thing in the morning. I had pain in my ribs for a few weeks but thankfully that has now eased. Good luck. X