• Shock like pain

    Asked by grandmajean5 on Saturday, April 6, 2013

    Shock like pain

    I had two lumpectomies in November 2012 and for the past six weeks or so I've been having brief sharp pain on the opposite side of my breast from the surgery and tumor. It feels like getting shocked. Lasts only a couple seconds but have it more and more frequently. My rad onc had said it was the nerves rejoining after surgery but it's been almost five months. I see my surgeon in two weeks but thought I'd see if any of you have gone through that.

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    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Hi--I suggest you call your doc's office to at least talk to his nurse. It probably IS the nerves getting back together (I had that sensation also, after breast reduction, then lumpectomy, then mastectomy!) But when in doubt, why not call? I doubt you'll "bother" the doc, and then you can put your fears to rest. That's what I would do, anyway.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I have not gone through it but it does not sound like fun -- I feel that you should follow up on any concern promptly. In today's world, you have to be an active advocate for yourself to get the best of care. Good Luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      I have had it and was warned by another BC survivor to expect it, it is the nerves regenerating. You may even feel it where they took the nodes. I did not have it with the lumpectomy but I did have some of this after the bilateral mastectomy and also after reconstruction was started in February. I would still check with your MD or his nurse?

      over 3 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      I had the same "zinging" sensation for several months in the affected breast but more so in the axilla where the nodes were removed. I was reassured by my surgeon and oncologist that this is a healing occurrence. But I would always consult with your team when you have any questions. Do it sooner rather than later, there are enough questions in our lives now that to get some answered promptly is a blessing! Good luck. Keep us posted. God bless!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I had a similar experience, but I called and spoke with my surgeon ASAP, and you should too.

      over 3 years ago
    • grandmaof2's Avatar

      I had the same problem. It was worse right after the surgery, but I still occasionally get those stabs of shocking pain. During my needle biopsy, the surgeon hit a nerve that was not numbed and I almost came off the table..... felt like a jolt of electricity as you said. And that spot is where the pain exists on occasion today 6 mos. after the surgery. It's not as bad though. Good luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I had all sorts of weird sensations as the nerves regenerated after my axillary dissection. My arm felt sharp pain, numbness, burnin", freezing, throbbing, etc. You name it, I felt it. I don't recall it lasting more than a couple months, however.

      During radiation the nurses asked me a couple times if I was experiencing any zinging pain yet. I never did, but I wonder if the pain you're having is from your radiation?

      over 3 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      Your description very aptly describes what I've been feeling. Usually in the crook between my neck and collar bone - on the side where I had the lumpectomy and radiation. It's comforting for me to know that others have experienced something similar. My radiation nurse asked me a number of times if I had what she called zingers. At the time, I had not experienced them until toward the end of my treatments.

      I finished chemo in mid-January, and radiation about 2 weeks ago. I didn't get as good an explanation as you did. I suppose it makes sense. The frequency of these spasms or shocks seem to have diminished -- in fact I thought they were gone. Until all of a sudden it happened today. Maybe it will keep up for longer than I think???? I suppose we should be grateful that the healing is going on even though it is painful. I see the onc in a couple of days and will definitely mention it to her.

      over 3 years ago
    • MarianneT's Avatar

      I have discomfort as you described after my reconstruction surgery. I have a very large disc herniation in my neck that compresses the spinal cord and nerve root so I was used to that "zinging" feeling and equated it with nerve pain as soon as I felt it so I was not overly concerned when it happened to me. Of course it is always best to continue following up with your doctor

      over 3 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I had the 'zinging' feeling more during radiation. I was also told it was nerves regenerating. I'm almost 2 years out from surgery and still get them once in a while at the incision site.

      over 3 years ago
    • dealite2007's Avatar

      Yep. Right here, too. Around the fifth month, I started getting shooting pains in the breast I had the lumpectomy in. Nothing but nerves getting it together once again.

      over 3 years ago
    • lilura46's Avatar

      I had that too, it will go away. I finished all treatments in Mar. 2011

      over 3 years ago
    • debco148's Avatar

      Since you've had radiation, it is probably after effects. I finished rads in October and still get these "jabs" every now and then especially along the top of the rib cage, breast bone area. Additionally, it is the nerve endings trying to reconnect. I'd keep your doctors in the loop to check. I had one very sensitive area and with a mastectomy and the rads there is so much scar tissue. Just had some removed and it is starting to feel a bit better. Best...

      over 3 years ago

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