• Anyone's skin super sore / itchy on the back of your arms after Mastectomies with some node removal?

    Asked by Grandy on Saturday, May 25, 2013

    Anyone's skin super sore / itchy on the back of your arms after Mastectomies with some node removal?

    Anything help? That, and my underarms are the main discomfort.

    12 Answers from the Community

    12 answers
    • tiaria30's Avatar

      under your arms will hurt for awhile. you might want to ask you doc about physical therapy, I had to do it after my double mastectomy becasue I was unable to move my arms very far. It takes ALOT!! Dont over work them until you feel comfortable because you can hurt yourself!

      over 3 years ago
    • euphgirl's Avatar

      I had pain on the back side of my upper right arm from the elbow to the shoulder. It felt like it was bruised but there was no discoloration. The surgeon said it was nerve pain because when she removed the lymph nodes she had to move or disturb a certain nerve. Sometimes the pain goes down from the elbow to the wrist, too, but not so much anymore. I had a lumpectomy and 23 nodes removed. I just rub it gently to make it feel a little better. My surgery was Feb. 25. I was told this could go on for months or even a couple of years. It does seem less already. Good luck to you!

      over 3 years ago
    • MillieS's Avatar

      I also had 23 nodes removed. Strange feeling, like I had a rolled up towel stuck under there. Yes it does itch some times but over time the feeling there will be its new normal. Good luck and fast recovery . Hugs

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      After my axillary node dissection I felt every sensation in that arm: heat, pain, itching, tingling, numbness, etc. Someone told me it was a sign that the nerves were recovering from the trauma of surgery. That made me feel better about it. It lasted a while...off and on for a few months, I think. Then, it stopped.

      over 3 years ago
    • busymom0413's Avatar

      Mine still itches some occasionally and it has been 1 1/2 years. Sometimes more intense than others

      over 3 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I had that problem for a long while. I had each sentinel node removed. I was sore for quite some time and the itching didn't start until I started healing. All I can say is you have to ride it out. There isn't anything you can do about it. Whatever you do DO NOT use ice thinking that will make better because it won't. The ice will cause damage, at least that is what I was told by my doctor. Of course, you can always check with your doctor to see what, if anything, could be done, but you just have to ride it out. Sorry I couldn't be more help.

      over 3 years ago
    • PrettyToes' Avatar

      Like euphgirl said it is nerve pain caused by disturbing nerves in the process of removing the lymph nodes. Ask you doctor if you could try gabapentin. It really helped me with that discomfort you describe. Gabapentin is FDA approved for seizures, nerve pain of diabetes, and nerve pain of shingles. But it is used "off label" for all sorts of nerve pain. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i totally had that!!!! and only 1 node out. now - over a year out, i don't even notice unless i wear a shirt that has something scratchy or something like that. so, i either got used to it or it got better.

      talk to your health care team about this pain - apparently, you have a window of opportunity for treating it with medication... at least that is what the surgeon who did my mastectomy told me.

      i hope that helps. stinks, though... good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      Thanks everybody! Gabapentin, no ice, gentle message, Thanks all!

      over 3 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Hi!... my arm and underarm still bug me some days sort of dumb, or feels warm, or sore from pit to almost wrist. I was told that this could last years to forever. I'm like Gee thanks!. :-)

      over 3 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      It IS getting better!!!! My arms are better. I'll be glad when the underarms and other areas are much better too!

      Doc says that the pain and itch isn't really the skin but from inside, therefore the topical meds don't do anything.

      over 3 years ago
    • shequest's Avatar

      I've had double mastecompies, pagets and lobular tumor in right breast. 15 Lymph nodes removed on right. Surgery Dec.3/13.
      I have also got a condition called RSD or CRPS. Am already on Gabapentin and Tramadol'
      Itching, burning, pain whole upper right quadrant. My surgery scars were healing nicely, but today I started swelling above below, drain hole on left side has gone from white to red, my incision on the left had been healing well, was white now a reddish blue line...

      almost 3 years ago

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