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Aug 2, 2012 12:09AM, edited Aug 2, 2012 12:18AM
Oh no, you guys hit my big fear. Sixteen years ago I had a lengthy ductal excision. Not too long after, I developed a severely frozen shoulder, it seem to freeze onto of a nerve, the pain was intense and lasted for about 7 months (the pain lasted 7months). After the first one healed, the other side froze up, even worse, maybe because I am right handed. The pain was horrible. I did do acupuncture, which I highly recommend. Sadly, it didn't help with the pain (once again felt like it froze over a nerve), but I got a lot of my movement back. This time the pain lasted about 9 months, physical therapy wouldn't help me because I was in too much pain. Now, I am someone who went to work three days after a partial mastectomy, 4 days after reconstruction (breast lift, implants on both sides), so I can take a certain amount of pain, but it felt like it froze over a nerve. With both cases, my only movement was from the elbow down to the hands.. The second one never did heal right. I did have the intense spasms (felt like someone was ripping my arm out of the socket) that cookiegal talked about, but that was only until it totally froze. A few years after the ductal excision, my breast started really acting up (lots of papillomas, ADH and other lumps). Each time I had surgery, I would beg the doctor to go easy on my shoulder, I was so sure the surgery was the cause. He didn't think so.
Now, sixteen years and multiple procedures later, I have six more papillomas and they want to do a mastectomy, partially because to remove any more tissue will require more plastic surgery and at that stage, you might as well take the whole thing. I really do not want a mastectomy. So, my BS and the tumor board said okay, you can wait six months and any growth and off goes the boob. While I am hoping there is no growth, I am preparing myself and remembered I had a new BS and would have to explain the whole frozen shoulder fears again.
So, now my question is, has anyone had a recurrence of the frozen shoulder? Although I have never healed completely (can't lay on the floor and have both shoulders touch), I have not had any pain and very little range of motions issues, but like I said, have really begged everyone to be gentle with the shoulder during surgery.
Thank goodness for me, I doubt if they take any nodes, my MRI just showed these 6 dang papillomas, a Birads 4 and the smallest papillomas I have ever had. Because of the implants, they could only do a core biopsy of one and yes it was a papillomas, didn't even have hyperplasia. So, it sounds like not having nodes removed may help the situation greatly.
At least it sounds like I was correct, there is a correlation between the frozen shoulder and surgery.
16 year history of papillomas, ADH and various other lumps so I don't get bored. Still Cancer Free!