• Smeridith

    Asked by SMeridith on Friday, April 19, 2013


    I had a double mastectomy and final reconstructive surgery (implants) last May. I fell about 10 days ago and my left breast suffered some trauma..hard fall. Ever since I have had a lot of pain in the breast. It is hard for me to find a comfortable position to sleep, it hurts to lift things, it hurts when I cough or sneeze and the pain is always throbbing. I called my breast surgeon and was told to just give it some time. I am getting very worried that I might have done some permanent damage to the breast or implant.
    I did have an X-ray to rule out a cracked or broken rib as I was really beginning to feel that might be it. The X-ray was negative. The pain is all through the breast. It has gotten a little better since the injury but I sill have a lot of pain. Has anyone else experienced a blow to their reconstructed breast or had any experience similar to this?

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    • leepenn's Avatar

      Wow - your description sounds just like cracked ribs! So painful! It's possible you've bruised the cartilage of your ribs... that also hurts.

      I think one thing to consider is that the impants are actually UNDER your muscle. Before, you had a breast cushoning your muscles... Now, your muscle is right there ... Muscle bruises can really hurt...

      As someone who has busted ribs and so on through bike racing, it does take time. When I busted ribs, laughing hurt for like a full month and so on.... So, I would say that if it doesn't ease up by the end of another week going by, then another call to your breast surgeon for sure! If you're worried, giving a call to your pcp might be in order.

      Sorry you fell and it hurts so darn much!

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear SMeridith,

      Hi. I'm Aliza, a BC patient and also the site's unofficial resident Medical Librarian. As such I offer advice (usually non medical [Librarians tend to shy away from offering med advice as it's against our code of ethics and it also tends to be a bit illegal {it's considered to be practicing medicine sans license}]. So, while I can't do that, I can do plenty of other things like offer referrals to doctors, hospitals/institutions, agencies, etc. and research when required/requested.

      I read your question and tale of woe-I'm so sorry you're in such pain. While I certainly (for a variety of reasons) cannot offer you an opinion, you mention something that did catch my eye (Librarians look at questions in a different way than other people), and that was that you phoned your "breast surgeon", I believe in this instance the person you probably might have wished to call should have been your plastic surgeon, as she/he put in the implants. If there's damage to the implants he/she needs to know about it, especially if they are silicone implants, so a call to her/him as soon as possible may be a good idea (not to frighten you). Some of the other things that people mentioned to you may be true as well, however until the plastic surgeon rules out a torn implant, which is important you're really in the dark. This is a referral, not medical advice!

      I hope that you are in less pain, but your plastic surgeon may also be able to advise you on this as well.

      Wishing you better days ahead.

      If you feel that I can assist you further, feel free to contact me on the site, or email me offsite.

      Warmest Wishes,

      over 4 years ago
    • Ladykarla's Avatar

      My doctor told me that soft tissue damage can sometimes be worse than a break. It will be awhile. Are you sleeping at night? If so, that is a good sign. I agree, give it more time. In the meantime, I would call your plastic surgeon's nurse and get advice from her. These nurses can be of wonderful help. Keep me posted!

      over 4 years ago
    • wildbill4809's Avatar

      My wife was just diagnosed with IDC and had a mastectomy almost 2 weeks ago she is stage 3. My question is, she is very short of breath when walking is this normal after surgery? She sees her cancer doctor next week to begin chemo.

      over 4 years ago

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