I had a bilateral mastectomy 4 weeks ago. I had excrutiating pain for the first two weeks and have been very uncomfortable since. It felt like hell the first two weeks but I'm thankful I dont have that pain. I feel like I have plastic cups digging into me or strapped on to me. I cant get off the bed (lying on my back only these days groan) without my husband lifting me to a sitting position. I'm not sure if I"m allowed to push my body up or not (was thinking not til 6 weeks)? Its not been fun. I wondered if mine was partly worse as I had quite a large cup size before (34 DDDD). I'd love to hear from you.
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everyone is different, everyone feels and handles discomfort or pain in a different way; I had very little pain for a couple of weeks after my double mastectomy, other than a bit of a pulling sensation when I bent over forwards, but after the steri-strips came off, 20 days after surgery, I had some swelling and fluid under my arms and a little under the ends of the incisions, and that was annoying, maybe a 2 on the pain scale; also I felt a little bit like the way you do when you run into the end of a door at night ... more a healing-bruise feeling rather that an acute pain .. the bruised feeling has mostly disappeared but the underarm swelling is still partly there, six weeks after surgery; mostly that is fatty tissue that may gradually dissipate as I lose weight (crossing fingers)1
I had a mastectomy 2 1/2 yes ago. It didn't really hurt, but the drains caused some discomfort. Once those were removed, I was fine. Just don't try to do too much too soon0
I had a double mastecomy done april 2nd. I still have the expanders in and am still takin paid meds every 4-6 hours. it feels like bowling balls in your chest and I can't take a deep breath. I have slept in the recliner. I am not going to lie about this. it is the most uncomfortable thing I have ever been through. I am not sure why mine is different from alot of ladies who have posted here but everyone is different. I have bolsters put in to make my breast smaller so it basically is cutting me down from a DD to a large C. We are basically reconstructing my breast flap. maybe that is why it hurt so much more. I know I'm tired of being tired but there is light at the end of the tunnel. My only saving grace is that I will get the implants done soon and hopefully all of this will go away. this to shall pass. I didn't want to sugar coat anything for anyone going through this. everyone is different in their recovery time and pain level so you just have to take it one day at a time. THIS IS THE TIME TO TAKE CARE OF YOU!!!! DON'T PUSH YOURSELF!!
No, I had surgery 5 days ago. Single left mastectomy. Not much pain was out the next day. Used pain pill mostly for sleep. The only pain was a burning feeling from the suction of the drains, but that eased off each day! Its pretty numb.0
As with any surgery, there is usually pain after having a mastectomy. However, depending on the severity of the pain, doctors will often give you pain medications to help reduce the pain.
Good luck and God Bless You!0
Pain killers help, both with standing the pain and putting you to sleep (a good thing when you're healing). I got a mastectomy with immediate reconstruction done 2 weeks ago. For me, the tissue expanders under my chest muscle were the most painful part, but I also lost some range of motion and so lifting my arms hurts my armpits.
But I recovered quickly and was getting off pain meds about 9 days after the surgery until I got my portacath put in. That hurts too, so I'm taking pain meds again.
I am going to say yes. I spent two nights in the hospital for my mastectomy. I had tissue expanders with 300cc's of saline already in them. I was too nauseous & weak to make it to the bathroom the first day & night. And I was unable to feed myself. My arms were just too weak. The second day was rough, but I could at least use the restroom & eat on my own. I left feeling shaky & had a plethora of nausea, but my doctor gave me great medications to help with that & I didn't ever vomit. I needed help getting up from a laying position sometimes. And certainly, I dreaded bedtime. I woke up regularly to take pain medication (with anti-nausea meds, too!). And if you have tissue expanders...well, they suck. But the best part is...it doesn't last forever. I was terrified of my surgery. But I've had a back injury for 2 years & I'm telling you...I'd rather have the mastectomy again than deal with back pain. At least I knew the discomfort from the surgery would eventually go away. And if you are scared, just know that you're stronger than you think. I promise that much! Best wishes to you!0
It feels like a truck ran over your chest. Good thing is the meds help and the pain goes away.0
I had a bilateral mastectomy a week ago on my left breast. I don't feel much at all from that but I did have my anxillary (?) lymph nodes taken out too and that is where I feel the most discomfort. At first it felt like someone punched me in the underarm. It occasionally stings but I use ice packs regularly and that seems to help.0
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