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    joans asked a questionBreast Cancer

    pain post double masectomy

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    • SusanK's Avatar

      It's a major surgery so I think you should expect pain. Everyone's tolerance is different. I used vicodin for a few days but then switched to motrin. Any movement at all was difficult for a day or two, but gradually over four to five days I was pretty much able to move around okay. Sleeping was an issue, though, so I slept in a recliner for a few weeks. I wish you the best in your recovery.

      over 8 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear Joans,

      Welcome to the site! Everyone has pain following a mastectomy (I'm not dismissing you) but nancyjac's right, we can all be more helpful to you if you're specific about exactly what you're feeling. If you're on a painkiller right now and it's making you too fuzzy to come up with a specific question, that's happened to all of us too!...;) Give it a little time. If you're in the hospital, ask the nurses, or if you're in touch with you're surgeon, call her and ask her or her nurses if that's easier if you're in a lot of pain! Don't stay in lots of pain because you can't be at your most articulate to write us now! Take care of yourself. Warm wishes, Aliza

      over 8 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I had pain, kept hitting the button that released the morphine like pain killer on an almost continuous basis. I was high as a kite. Then went home and took the pills, and those worked well too. Better living through pharmaceuticals! Do get the pain management people at the hospital to get you comfortable ( that is to no pain). It's easier to keep pain free, than to work yourself out of a pain once it starts.

      over 8 years ago
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