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    Expanders for reconstruction

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      Jbro

      The expanders felt like bricks in my chest the entire time but it was generally more uncomfortable than painful. I would take 1/2 pain pill at night on fill days - that helped me a lot. My ps would skip a week on the fills if I was too uncomfortable. The exchange surgery was easy and almost immediately more comfortable. Good luck to you!

      11 months ago
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      The fills were a bit painful and uncomfortable, but I took some Tylenol before the procedure and that seemed to help.

      11 months ago
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      PinkyPromise

      My expanders were very painful, especially after the fills, but I can say that I'm glad I went through with the process. I am very happy with my results -- very natural-looking, nothing ostentatious. And while muscle relaxers and pain medication gave me some relief, the best move I made was requesting a prescription for physical therapy. The therapists can do amazing things with stretches and massage.

      11 months ago
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    Procedure or Surgery (Mastectomy): Bilateral mastectomies due to BRCA2 mutation. Very painful. Still recovering after surgery 16 days ago. Expanders are in and cause LaL kinds of discomfort.

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    attypatty asked a questionBreast Cancer

    BRCA2

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      I don't have the BRCA2 gene, so I can't help you with that, but I can offer my support. You have already been through a lot, and it looks like you have more ahead of you. You can do this. I will remember you in my prayers. Good luck. Take care.

      about 1 year ago
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