• What to expect

    Asked by ryan417 on Thursday, March 7, 2013

    What to expect

    Trying to sort out what not to worry about: 1) My lumpectomy was 1/28 and I seemed to have healed well except around my nipple where the nuclear injection was given - it is still red, the skin is hard, kind of lumpy, it's uncomfortable with shooting pains from time to time
    2) Just got the Port-a-Cath yesterday & it feels like someone is sitting on my shoulder; really don't want to take anything but ibuprofen but not sure how much longer to wait - of course it's on my left side and I'm left handed so I keep seeming to irritate it.
    Any suggestions?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Sounds about right to me. It takes awhile to heal from these procedures. My breast and arm pit were tight and a bit sore for several months after my lumpectomy. The issue with the port insertion should start going away in a couple of days. There is no reason to be in pain - if you got something stronger then ibuprofen take it. I know I did.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I've never heard any one describe a port as feeling someone was sitting on their shoulder. Could the shoulder pressure be from tension or something other than the port? I don't know what a nuclear injection is but if that still hurts after over a month, I would certainly have that checked out.

      over 3 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      I'm sorry I can't help with the nuclear injection issue but it sounds painful. The port soreness/tenderness, I can relate. My port site, lower neck and shoulder areas were sore for about a week. I agree with SueRae1. If you have stronger pain meds, take them. I certainly did.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      My port and the tube that comes out of it and does a u-turn at the base of my neck were pretty uncomfortable for a while. Mine is in the left, too. At some point the whole thing settled in and I can no longer feel it at all. Many infusions and blood draws later, I'm very grateful that I have one.

      over 3 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I also had the same discomfort after port placement. Since I was fully aware during the placement I know the reason. As they "fish" the tube over your collarbone down into your chest, they are putting a lot of pressure on that collarbone/neck/shoulder area -- causing the area to be sore and ache for a couple of days. I was told to put ice on port area and take tylenol. Good Luck!

      over 3 years ago
    • princess123's Avatar

      I didn't have a lot of pain with mine. It is always tender but not painful. At first the taping they put on it was worse than the port insert itself. Call and ask the doctor if this is normal. How long ago did they insert it?

      over 3 years ago

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