• Post operative question.

    Asked by LindaWheat on Tuesday, January 8, 2013

    Post operative question.

    Still heeling from lumpectomy surgery on December 27th and took my last pain med yesterday morning. Geez - still feeling very uncomfortable and having a hard time sleeping. Any suggestions? I tried keeping on the sports bra while resting in bed, but it was too much. Help!

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Call your oncologist or surgeon and ask him/her to renew you script for pain meds.

      over 5 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had bilat with recon on February 2, was on Nucynta for 5 days then switched to Tramadol or Advil. It was uncomfortable but not painful. However, everyone is different and if you need more meds, call your surgeon or oncologist and get more meds. Don't suffer in silence.

      over 5 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Talk to your breast surgeon.....

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I agree with the others. Let your surgeon know. He/she may want to examine you to make sure all is healing as planned. I had to ask my surgeon for another pain Rx and within a day or so I turned the corner and started feeling much better.

      over 5 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I mean within a day or so after getting the additional pain Rx. Overall, I think I was on pain Rx about two weeks after surgery.

      over 5 years ago
    • crisco's Avatar

      I would call the surgeon,first but for comfort I used cotton cami's they have a little surpport and were easy to put on and take off, good luck my prayers are with you.

      over 5 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      I don't speak from personal experience because I honestly had little pain post-partial mastectomy as well as after my power-port placement. The day after my partial mastectomy I took a couple Norco 5/325mg (same as Vicodin) just to see if they helped but all they did was help me sleep the second night post op. After that I took Ibuprofen 600mg once or twice a day for a couple days and that was it. I did wear the surgical bra 24 hours a day for a couple days but then just wore my regular bra during waking hours. I am rather large breasted and sports bras just are too tight and not supportive enough for me especially in the shoulders.
      On the other hand, as an RN who gives lots of pain meds, I would say 1) if you haven't seen your surgeon, you need to get in right away to be sure it's not a problem with healing/infection, 2) depending on what pain medication you are taking, you might ask for something different. With most of my patients, narcotic pain medications like Vicodin, Norco, Percocet don't really take the pain away, they just make you sleepy enough that it dulls the sensation of pain. I asked my surgeon for Tordal (an anti-inflamatory and pain medication) because I see it work much better post op. He gave me a dose of it during surgery and I assume that it why I didn't even need anything for pain for about 24 hours. It does have the possible side effect of increasing bleeding like with most anti-inflamatory meds but it is used in lots of orthopedic surgery without problem. There is also an oral form, Ultram. When my oldest son had his cancer surgery 8 years ago, we discovered that this was the only pain medication that helped after he tried the narcotics Percocet & Tylenol with Codeine with no relief at all. A couple years later when he injured his hand at work, he insisted that they give him this instead of the usual narcotics.
      Anyway, just ask your surgeon. Even though we all have different pain tolerances, two weeks of pain severe enough that you can't sleep seems a bit long.

      over 5 years ago
    • Doberwomyn's Avatar

      Had same issues still have pain about 3 wks out I take aspirin ibuprofen works about as we'll as to the bra I get I don't wear bras. Bother me normally but I found I did want mor support 1st wk or so I can't stand sleeping with it did maybe 2x then I wore my regular and sports bra during the day gave it all up by end of 2wks If I was doing something at home that caused "jiggle" like rebounder now I cup my breast I found @nite I put small pillow under breast or just slept on other side sleeping issue for me as one side hurts if I lay on too ling and other is surgery side so I go back and forth also taking 2tylenol pm will knock me out some

      over 5 years ago
    • MsScribe's Avatar

      Do not be uncomfortable, get more meds - BUT I had a hard time getting off my pain meds after my lymphoma. I had to wean myself off and it wasn't easy - felt horrible the first 5 days I went without them completely. Maybe try a lower dose and see if you can manage....Try heat or ice to alleviate pain and aching....But if you have expanders in - its going to be uncomfortable until they come out.
      This too shall pass - i promise ;-)

      over 5 years ago
    • pulley's Avatar

      I do hope you took the advice of most here and called your surgeon.I did not have to take pain meds after about six or seven days.You may have an underling cause.I would put a pillow at my side and rest the arm trying to sleep on my
      back.Hope the Dr. can help you quickly.Best wishes for a quick recovery.

      over 5 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      The bras bothered me too. Check with your surgeon about the pain. I found cami's were more comfortable too and I also kept a small pillow under my arm. That really helped. Try to move slowly so not to jar your chest. Riding in the car hurt for several weeks too, again, a pillow under the seatbelt helped. You will heal! But make sure you aways tell your doctor to make sure something else isn't going on, like infection. Good luck!

      over 5 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I was in severe pain for weeks, and had to wear a bra 24/7 (I'm also fairly large breasted.) I also had issues with fluid build-up in my breast, and was aspirated multiple times, followed by an additional surgery to place drains. My surgery was just of breast tissue; no lymph nodes, (and no cancer). I had 2 large areas of breast tissue removed lumpectomy.

      over 5 years ago
    • mcowett's Avatar

      Call your Dr. don't be afraid to take pain meds but be smart about it. And pillow yourself up : ) pillows placed just right are very comforting.

      over 5 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I'd also ask for a sleep med. No shame in asking for something like Ambien, I did and it helped a lot. Remember a good nights sleep is very healing.

      over 5 years ago

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