Does it hurt after having a mastectomy?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer about 3 years ago
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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    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.

    over 1 year ago Flag
    • anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      Hello just read your story. Sounds like your not having any fun either....I try to clean round house and get sick to my stomach and have no energy. Sucks........having large breasts isn't fun. I am praying for you and will keep you in my...

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      Hello just read your story. Sounds like your not having any fun either....I try to clean round house and get sick to my stomach and have no energy. Sucks........having large breasts isn't fun. I am praying for you and will keep you in my thoughts....feel free to email me ...looking for someone who knows what I'm going threw....until we chat. Be good to yourself and relax.......kim

      about 1 year ago Flag
    • anonymous
      Stage 2A Patient

      Had double mastectomy 2 weeks ago feeling sick a lot and off balance when I walk is this normal was not large busted

      16 days ago Flag
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  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    I would like to know also

    about 3 years ago Flag
    • anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      I had a mastectomy in October of 2007... I don't want to lead anyone astray but FOR ME, I never had any pain whatsoever. Yes, the drain was my constant "little friend" who had to be tended to, but pain... I had none. The only sensation I had was...

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      I had a mastectomy in October of 2007... I don't want to lead anyone astray but FOR ME, I never had any pain whatsoever. Yes, the drain was my constant "little friend" who had to be tended to, but pain... I had none. The only sensation I had was a bit of restriction in my movement. My chest felt tight. The nerves in the area of your mastectomy have had incisions through them so a lot of your chest in the site of the surgery is just numb. I felt a lot of my lack of pain was due to the skill of my surgeon. She was an angel! I healed quickly with no post-op problems, and was actually doing normal household stuff within a week. The closest thing to discomfort was what I called "phantom itching." It itched but I couldn't scratch it! GOOD LUCK TO YOU! You have a lot of company out here.

      almost 3 years ago Flag
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    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    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)

    over 1 year ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    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 soon

    about 3 years ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    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!!

    5 months ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Stage 2B Patient

    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.

    about 2 years ago Comment Flag
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    anonymous
    Family Member or Loved One

    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!

    about 3 years ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    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.

    about 3 years ago Flag
    • anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Exactly what you say. And we have to remember that is an amputation, so there's nerves involved that need time (long) to recover and your brain has to get used to it too!!

      about 3 years ago Flag
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  • anonymous
    Survivor since 2010

    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!

    about 3 years ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer

    It feels like a truck ran over your chest. Good thing is the meds help and the pain goes away.

    about 3 years ago Comment Flag
  • anonymous
    Stage 3A Patient

    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.

    over 2 years ago Comment Flag

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