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    Surgery in April bi-lateral Mastecomy and 3 lymph nods checked.

    Asked by Mel on Tuesday, October 9, 2012

    Surgery in April bi-lateral Mastecomy and 3 lymph nods checked.

    How long does it take before feeling comes back my arm pit and arm still numb and somtimes bugs me.

    17 Answers from the Community

    17 answers
    • sewfun928's Avatar

      I had surgery Dec.22, 2011 and I still do not have feeling my doctor said I might not get feeling back. They told me nerves take longer to heal, good luck

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It is probably as good as it is going to get. Lymph nodes are pretty much entangled with nerves and there is no way to remove them without also severing those nerves, resulting in permanent numbness.

      almost 6 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I have numbness in my armpit and arm 4 1/2 years post surgery. I AM more used to it, so although the amount of numbness probably hasn't changed, I feel better about it. I normally don't even notice it!

      almost 6 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I had a nepherctomy in 1995, it took over a year to get feeling back in area surrounding the incision etc. , in fact there is still a few numb spots around the scar.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      my surgery was in February and I am still numb in certain areas. The only time it really bothers me is when I have an itch and scratching doesn't work because of the numbness...so frustrating!

      almost 6 years ago
    • ddgram's Avatar

      I had surgery in December of 2011 and still have the numbness. Some days are better than others with noticing it. I think with in time it will be less & less bothersome.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Ydnar2xer's Avatar

      Although my newly-flat chest still has areas of numbness, I had two lymph nodes removed on August 21 w/my bilateral mastectomy and now can feel nearly all areas around the lymph incision... I went to see my PT guy and he gave me a series of anti-lymphedema "exercises" to do. I did them for several days but they seemed too light-weight---like they weren't doing anything for me. So then I started doing wall push ups every day -- 50 of them. I do them in the shower each morning so I can remember to do them. At first it was a little painful...and I worked up to the 50,but now, as I said, I can feel all sensations in underarm. Maybe it only worked for me; maybe I got better with no exercise intervention, but it worked.

      Please, if you want to try this, Talk To Your Doc first, as I certainly am NOT a med professional~only a former Amy officer who believes in the power of push ups!

      almost 6 years ago
    • larrt's Avatar

      My surgery was in August of 2011 and I still don't have feeling. My Dr's told me that it would never feel the same as before. You do get used to the feeling, it just takes awhile.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Kelli's Avatar

      I has bi-lateral surgery Jan 13, 2011, I don't have any feeling across my chest, lower parts of my armpits. Did have numbness across my back, but that has come back. Very slowly feeling has come back in a few places. I too have itching that can't be relieved because the skin is numb, but the nerve is twitching...maybe signs of getting feeling back. But I agree with Nancebeth, it is so frustrating. Hang in there.

      almost 6 years ago
    • ErinJ's Avatar

      Mine never came back, but I don't sweat or have to shave under that arm either!

      almost 6 years ago
    • VivianT's Avatar

      I had surgery in March of 2011. I still have a few spots of numbness. It takes time, but does get better. Hang in there!

      almost 6 years ago
    • busymom0413's Avatar

      Had bilateral mastectomy 11/11 and still numb under arm. I have gotten use to it. I had my tissue expanders taken out and replaced with permanent implants 1 /1/2 weeks ago and seems to have reaggravated it again but so thankful those TE's are out. Goog luck. I was told may never have any feeling back

      almost 6 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      Thank you everyone for response. I still have my tissue expanders in also and am so ready to get them out with replacements but have to wait til all done with chemo. first.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Coolgm's Avatar

      It's been 15 years and I still have numbness. After awhile it won't bother you but it feels weird to shave. Because of where they cut and stitched I have a hard time because of the fold so I have to get my husband to help me.

      almost 6 years ago
    • AndreaS13's Avatar

      I agree with all the postings that the nerves in your armpit may or may not com back. But what helped me most with getting used to how it did feel was massage therapy in the area. It was hard to go through but great to desensitize the area. It's been almost 8 years since I had surgery I have some feeling in there!

      almost 6 years ago
    • Judit's Avatar

      Mel, my surgery was 2 yrs ago & the feeling in my arm pit returned slowly altho my chest is still numb. Re your arm, you may need some PT. I had a "cord" in my arm, but hot shower & exercising in the steam helped a lot.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Lindy's Avatar

      Hi Mel, in my case, modified radical,18 nodes removed; the numbness and tingling, weird sensations, even occasional "charley horses" continue two years out. Concentrate on healthy eating, rest, positive and loving interactions, all the good stuff. This is your life and a certain amount of discomfort may remain a part of that life. Life is good, cancer is something the automatic language filter on this web site would not allow:-) Lindy

      almost 6 years ago

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