I just wanted to say how reassuring this forum is. Reading the posts has helped me enormously as I have been worrying about pain. Thank you lovely ladies.
sessions. My left, operated on breast is now much bigger than the right, the nipple is very tender, I have stabbing pains, thickened lumpy areas and oedema. I am conscious of it all the time, bras don't fit and my left arm keeps bumping into the swollen side. I honestly wish I could have had a mastectomy instead.
Exercising with any vigour is impossible as it jolts the breast and is painful.
Well, moan over, I otherwise feel OK, can taste food again properly and have some hair so no longer need a head covering. Counting my blessings!
I am 6 months post op for lumpectomy and bilateral mammoplasty (reduction) and almost 4 months post radiotherapy.
my problem is that my left breast, which is the one with radiotherapy is still really tender; i can't lie on my front at all. i understand that the itchiness is part of healing but i just wonder if i am expecting things to be back to normal too quickly.
Also, has anyone else's scar become raised and hard ? I am still finding wearing a bra uncomfortable (post op bra) on the left side and sometimes have to wear a dressing under the left side for comfort. thanks xx
It does take a bit of time for your breast to settle down after having had rads, I still get occasional aches and pains 20 months after finishing rads, but if you are concerned and need reassurance, give your bcn a call to see what she says xxx
Hi welsh lady 66, I have just been going threw the stories again and noticed yours which I replied to in January. In April I was diagnosed with cellulitis and was on antibiotics for over 3 months, went for a mammogram in June first one since lumpectomy a yr ago and thank god it was clear. The consultant said it was due to radiotherapy. 3 months later I still have breast pain and it is like looking at blotchy red skin that covers half my breast. Every now and again it will feel cooler to the touch.how did you find out that you had fibrosis and lymphodema of the breast. Thank you jo
I had DCIS with micro invasion. All removed with clean margins. 15x radiotherapy, and now tamoxifen. I rang the BCN before when I had some discomfort - as some of you say, like the sensations that made me seek a mammogram in the first place. The pain is very mild, worse when I poke and prod. My first year mammo was clear, and that was only 2 months ago. As you are, I am trying to be positive as there is plenty of reassurance in this thread.
I had a wide excision and sentinel node followed by 15# radiotherapy, still getting sharp stabbing pains 8 months on, felt just like the pains that alerted me to the cancer in the first place, the trouble is who knows what is normal afterwards, don’t like to bother the bcn but worried about ignoring it, am also on letrozole , anyone else get these stabbing pains ??
I am well thank you, spent the afternoon in the garden and I am absolutely shattered now.
Got to rest up now as I have a bowls game tomorrow afternoon so a nice relaxing evening I think.
Thank you for your lovely words