• I had a double Mastoctomy this past Tues, released to come home Thurs. My skin won't stop itching? My right side has a burning feeling

    Asked by krogers on Saturday, August 25, 2012

    I had a double Mastoctomy this past Tues, released to come home Thurs. My skin won't stop itching? My right side has a burning feeling

    The burning feeling on the right side - Is kinda like a sunburn. Comes and goes. I haven't had any treatments yet.

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    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I would check with my breast surgeon about the itching and burning.

      about 4 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Both are fairly common wound healing responses, but if it is really uncomfortable for you, call your surgeon. I'm sure he/she can prescribe some topical/oral pain meds. Depending on what is prescribed, however, you may want to only take them as little and as long as is needed since some of them can cause some pretty painful constipation.

      about 4 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar
      Ydnar2xer (Best Answer!)

      We should stay in touch, as I had my bilateral mastectomy Tuesday, too. But my HMO sent me home a day earlier! I am itchy too, but mine is from the tape they used to hold my drains in place. I am taking Benadryl all weekend to combat the itchiness; but this was after I spoke to my surgeon. What do you feel like when you take a shower? My first was a totally horrifying experience...my chest area is grey-ish from bruising and saggy (for reconstruction, later). I felt like I had elephant skin! Just have to keep reminding myself that this stage is TEMPORARY and that I don't have to look so closely at the changes in me! Good luck!

      about 4 years ago
    • krogers' Avatar

      Well, A shower would sound like heaven. I'm not able to shower, yet. The Plastic surgeon suggested a sponge bath. I have been taken Benadryl. It does seem to help. I had the tissue expanders at the same time as my surgery. I chose to have the both removed - I had bc only in the left. The right side is given me fits. The Itchy part so far worse than the burning feeling. I hope all is well with you ladies. Thanks so much. :)

      about 4 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Krogers--Not so funny how all of these problems seem to crop up over the weekend, eh? Am sure doc has someone on call if your itching causes too much of a disturbance. I am simply sick of these drains--how utterly ("udderly"?) gross! I feel like a cow. I will have to wait until Wed afternoon for removal of them, due to my doc's schedule. Just am trying to stay busy between now and then!

      about 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Oh man - the sensation that was strong for me? Phantom nipple sensations! I could have sworn to you that I had nipples!!!! I had the bilateral mastectomy back in February... It does get better. It is, I believe, a combination of wound healing and the sensations that amputees feel. We have had amputations, really. And, well, those nerves used to talk to our brains, and our brains are like WTH!

      I promise you, it gets better. In fact, I LOVE being flat and not needing a bra and getting dressed is so quick now! (this latter point I don't quite understand because only one item of clothing is missing from my previous wardrobe... but it's totally true)

      If your chest starts to feel hot or if you see changes in your drainage or if you get a fever - call your health care providers right away or get to the urgent care or ER.

      Good luck!

      about 4 years ago

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