• Pain with tissue expanders

    Asked by cancungrrrl on Thursday, May 9, 2013

    Pain with tissue expanders

    I seem to be having chronic pain from tissue expanders. I am almost 8 weeks out from initial B/L Mastectomy. I was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma in my right breast. I opted to do bilateral because I never wanted to hear those words again. The pathology after surgery came back and I actual had bilateral breast cancer. That was probably a live saving decision to have both removed. But I have had about 4 injections so far and the last one has gotten me to the point of not sleeping & being exhausted all day due to the pain. I see my PS tomorrow and hopefully she will have a good solution to my condition. If anyone has suggestions, I am open to all. Thanks & have a wonderful day

    9 Answers from the Community

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    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      Get expanded less often, every other week instead f every week. Helped me a lot (make sure it works out financially, I had extra co pays because fthat shedule).

      almost 8 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar

      I too find the expanders very uncomfortable. I still have one 4 months after the left mastectomy. I find it difficult to sleep because the expander jabs me in the side or bottom of the breast. I was advised to take Tylenol for the discomfort. I am hoping for the best after the exchange.
      They do get less painful with time...hang in there.

      almost 8 years ago
    • Kasey1963's Avatar

      I had a mast 3 weeks ago. All has been pretty good until my first fill. I had the fill 2 days ago with no pain at all, but today I sneezed twice. Since the sneezes I have been in breath taking excruciating pain. Called my PS. He didn’t seem concerned but told me to take a Valium and Percocet. Has anyone else had pain from sneezing?

      over 2 years ago

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