• pain post double masectomy

    Asked by joans on Tuesday, February 12, 2013

    pain post double masectomy

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Hi joans. Did you have a question? It would help if you could be a bit more specific about the information or feedback you are looking for.

      over 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Its almost 7 years since my bilat, but I don't remember being in too much pain....

      over 4 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      Immediately following bi-lateral mastectomy, I was very uncomfortable and took pain pills. Thereafter, I would have some discomfort now and then. The area under my arm continued to be numb which was beneficial when I burned from radiation because I did not feel a thing! It has been over a year and I am just starting to get some feeling back and it is very tender. I think that, while I was numb, I might have overdone with
      the lifting and stretching -- and now it is showing up as my feeling returns. Best of luck to you!

      over 4 years ago
    • SusanK's Avatar

      It's a major surgery so I think you should expect pain. Everyone's tolerance is different. I used vicodin for a few days but then switched to motrin. Any movement at all was difficult for a day or two, but gradually over four to five days I was pretty much able to move around okay. Sleeping was an issue, though, so I slept in a recliner for a few weeks. I wish you the best in your recovery.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Joans,

      Welcome to the site! Everyone has pain following a mastectomy (I'm not dismissing you) but nancyjac's right, we can all be more helpful to you if you're specific about exactly what you're feeling. If you're on a painkiller right now and it's making you too fuzzy to come up with a specific question, that's happened to all of us too!...;) Give it a little time. If you're in the hospital, ask the nurses, or if you're in touch with you're surgeon, call her and ask her or her nurses if that's easier if you're in a lot of pain! Don't stay in lots of pain because you can't be at your most articulate to write us now! Take care of yourself. Warm wishes, Aliza

      over 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I had pain, kept hitting the button that released the morphine like pain killer on an almost continuous basis. I was high as a kite. Then went home and took the pills, and those worked well too. Better living through pharmaceuticals! Do get the pain management people at the hospital to get you comfortable ( that is to no pain). It's easier to keep pain free, than to work yourself out of a pain once it starts.

      over 4 years ago

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