• I have intermittent pain from the biopsy in my breast. I am wondering if this will increase if I get lumpectomy or mastectomy

    Asked by Doberwomyn on Sunday, December 2, 2012

    I have intermittent pain from the biopsy in my breast. I am wondering if this will increase if I get lumpectomy or mastectomy

    Want to know what to expect and take for pain-taking aspirin

    11 Answers from the Community

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      I didn't have pain after biopsy...I had my bilat a month later....I took pain meds, but they made me sick (nauseated and constipated), so I switched to ibuprofen. By two weeks post bilat, I was feeling pretty good, back to pre-surgery.....Sorry I can't be of more help.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Harry's Avatar

      You probably should discuss this with your doctor.

      almost 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      You may want to check with your doctor about pain Rx. Aspirin is a blood thinner and it's usually not advisable to take it before or after any invasive procedures (surgeries and probably biopsies, too, I would think.) I took Ibuprofen for discomfort after biopsy and narcotic Rx after mastectomy.

      almost 5 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      How long ago was your biopsy and was it a needle biopsy, stereostastic or a punch biopsy? If it has been more than a couple of days ago, I would contact your oncologist or surgeon. A punch biopsy can cause some minor bruising, but not enough pain to need to take something for it. I wouldn't take aspirin. It really isn't very effective for pain relief. An NSAID like tylenol or ibuprofen would be a better choice for short term use.

      almost 5 years ago
    • sndlee's Avatar

      Talk to dr first, I agree you need to get off the aspirin. I had a needle biopsy which didn't hurt after, then lumpectomy in Oct. No breast pain anymore. You have to remember they go threw nerves even with a needle and it takes time to heal. But always talk to your dr,or his nurse, no matter how trivial you think something is, they are there to help.

      almost 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Do not take aspirin, use Tylenol. Speak with your doctor - how long has this been going on, my breast was sore for a few days after the biopsy and a about a 2 weeks after my lumpectomy. Ice can help reduce pain and swelling.

      almost 5 years ago
    • mom3b1g1969's Avatar

      I had a stereotactic biopsy that I felt the whole thing.....so painful I was sobbing. But I did have about a 5/6 intermittent pain deep inside the breast afterward for weeks (until my mastectomy). That pain was gone after my surgery tho and now I have new and different ones unfortunately. And I agree that you should not be taking aspirin. I take a daily aspirin and was told to stop it one week and until two weeks after my surgery.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Your oncologist won't let you live in pain. Share your concerns with him/her and go with what he/she suggests. I know at 45, 24 years ago, I had a lumpectomy... which proved non cancerous... at the same time they did a hysterectomy.... The lumpectomy bothered me more. But was certainly doable.

      almost 5 years ago
    • virginiab's Avatar

      I managed pain from lumpectomy easily with ibuprofen and ice packs. I was given a prescription for several days of pain-reliever (tylenol with codeine) but never needed to take it. Your doctor should be happy to help you manage any pain.

      almost 5 years ago
    • attypatty's Avatar

      Dear doberwomyn:
      I had bilateral biopsies and they hurt more than the lumpectomy. Ice packs helped a lot and gave my that Dolly Parton look. The site of the axillary (underarm) surgery to remove the lymph nodes hurt and caused some weird numbness all the way to my back. All of these surgeries cut through nerves and as the nerves heal, you can experience a lot of different feelings, including pain. I can't tolerate pain killers so I made do with over the counter stuff like Aleve and Tylenol. Just be easy on yourself and don't overdo it. Take whatever meds get yo through the night, as the song says.
      Fight On,

      almost 5 years ago
    • Shoeless' Avatar

      With surgery and healing comes pain. The biopsy isn't as bad as the surgery. That may not be what you were hoping to hear but it's the truth. Your doc can help you with pain meds....doctors don't want their patients to suffer unnecessarily. And the pain will go away after the healing process, which really doesn't take a very long time.

      almost 5 years ago

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