• Pain in arm after therapy stretches

    Asked by cris on Friday, May 17, 2013

    Pain in arm after therapy stretches

    I have seen my occup. therapist 2 times this week & have done all my exercises at home she gave me, my question is last night when I went to bed my arm hurt so much it kept me up, had to take moltrin to help. Is this normal, am I over doing the stretches maybe? Thanks

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    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      Hey pretty lady! I had a double mast mod rad on one side. It took about 8 weeks for the consistent pain/ problems to be completely gone. I would say keep climbing the walls slowly with your finger tips. I wish you the best. I personally think time is the big healing factor with this surgery. Xoxo

      over 5 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

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      over 5 years ago
    • Benge's Avatar

      Hi there,
      Do you have cords in your arm on the side of where they took lymph nodes? If that's the case, you have auxiliary web syndrome. I'm going through this and before I started going to therapy for this I could not even stretch my arm. My therapist herself went through it and that's why she specializes in helping breast cancer patients. The cords need to be popped by pulling on each end of it. It's painful, but instant relief. Doctors aren't sure why this happens, but it's because of the lymph nodes natural flow has been disturbed.

      over 5 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs - no advice but just letting you know I am thinking of you. Call you therapist and let her know what happened - best of luck

      over 5 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      Maybe you might be overdoing it, but my guess would be that the healing process has started and that takes time and ALWAYS hits a peak when it is the worst. I would say you are hitting your peak. Be patient and back off just a little on doing your therapy. Don't do it as often until the pain subsides some. That would be what I would do. Good luck and take care.

      over 5 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Pain isn't always a bad thing. Its a sign of healing as well as damage (think working out at the gym). The advice to back off a little (just a little) and call your dr sounds good to me. Also, you might want to elevate your arm after you work it. That always worked for me (although my issues were very small after the nodes were removed and I know its not the same as with BC, but its the same concept). Mine still occasionally feels sore after Ive worked it hard or done something for the first time or even if I haven't worked it for several hours (flying--remaining static while traveling) and its been 10 months since surgery. This might be part of your new normal.

      over 5 years ago
    • Bug's Avatar

      Hi, cris. I have experienced discomfort but I don't think I'd call it pain. My PT told me to contact her if I have pain.

      over 5 years ago

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