It doesn't surprise me that you would still have soreness as even with antibiotics/draining/packing, it takes quite a while for any infection to truly be healed. It is different than with the lumpectomy. Are you still getting chemo and/or radiation that would make you more susceptible to a breast infection? Are you able to eat lots of vegetables and vitamin C laden foods that can boost your immune system? I finished chemo the end of December 2012 and radiation at the end of March 2013 and although I feel good, I know that my body is still recovering. I am still on a boatload of nutritional supplements "prescribed" by my oncologist to help with healing and to help with prevention of return of the cancer.
Invasive (Infiltrating) Ductal Carcinoma Questions
Asked by jojosmom on Monday, June 3, 2013
On April 9 I had surgery to drain a staph infection from my breast. I had to pack it twice a day, just finished that a few days ago. Has anyone else had this, and is it normal that my breast is still sore? When I had my lumpectomy in Oct I don't remember it being sore for this long.
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Dear jojosmom. How on earth did you get a staph infection? I'd be checking out all that took place during my surgery to find this out. That would have made mad. I haven't had the experience so I can't tell you, but I would be checking things out and possibly getting a second opinion to find out. Then I would go after the doctor who did the initial surgery. That just isn't right. Good luck to you.
I had a post-surgical infection following ankle-replacement surgery and it took a long time for that to fully heal. Your breast has suffered a lot of insult and it will take time to fully recover. The more you can relax into it, the easier it may be for you to just get through this time. It may be sore for some time yet, so just figure out how to keep yourself as comfortable as possible. Ask your doctor if you should be using anti-inflammatories to help the healing continue.
I'm sorry you had to go through this. It is my understanding that we most often bring these staph infections to the hospital ourselves. When I had a subsequent ankle surgery, they were using a new protocol when then tested all orthopedic patients for staph (via a nose swab) a week ahead of surgery and when they found staph, gave nasal drugs for a week before surgery. I had that pre-surgical treatment the second time and avoided another surgical infection.
I'm raising a glass here and wishing you a quick recovery!
Have they checked to see if there is a hematoma? (pocket of blood) If there is, your body will eventually absorb it but it hurts. Yes, I too had a staph from my first biopsy. What a mess to deal with. I was so careful and clean but it still happened. It did not happen again on my subsequent surgeries. I understand there is some kind of test they can do to check if your skin is always carrying staph.
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