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    Tightness after Mastectomy with reconstruction

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      gardengal52

      I had bilateral mastectomies with chemo before surgery and radiation after in 2008. I have not had reconstruction. I have had tightening and pulling all these years. It feels exactly like a band tied too tight in the surgical area. I also have severe pain when I twist to the left (as when picking up an object) that takes my breath away. I have went to the Dr for these problems. No help. Pain Management clinic treated me like a drug addict because I asked for lidocaine patches. Long story short I am sorry to report that the pain is something I live with. I try not to dwell on it or reach with my left arm for anything. I do take sleeve. My Oncologists have been no help.

      over 1 year ago
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      Charnellf

      I have had two nerve blocks because I had shooting stabbing pains. They helped quite a bit.

      over 1 year ago
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      Donnabakins

      It seems as if every time I comment on this procedure the comment disappears. It will be interesting to see if this one does. I am four years post op fro xx mastectomies and lay dorsi reconstruction. I take narcotics every day for pain. I've ended up with three herniated discs in my back.

      I too have developed chest pain. I get out of breath easily and have severe chest pain. My cardio work up was good. Something infection or inflammatory is now in my lungs. They don't know what. If I could undo this reconstruction I would.

      over 1 year ago
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