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Apr 15, 2013 12:41AM 1openheart wrote:
Hi cinnamon...how are you this lovely day? We had just a beautiful day here. I spent my time digging in the dirt, planting herbs and flowers and spreading mulch. I bet I'll pay dearly for it tomorrow!
My current breast pain comes and goes, much like your bee sting pain. That is a good analogy. The neck, shoulder blade and upper back pain is relentless. But I have had some relief over the past week. I think that the acupuncture is kicking in and with the myofascial release PT that I get weekly, I am beginning to have some days where the discomfort is not so bad and have been able to practice yoga some again.
The post mastectomy pain after my UMX did not start until about 3 mos after my surgery. It was really uncomfortable. Like I said in my original post, the pain was really on two levels. I hurt at a deep muscular level when I would move my arm. And then I had a lot of sensitivity, nerve like pain whenever I touched my upper outer quadrant. Funny thing was is that it was exactly where my stereotactic biopsy was. One of the things that I used to help get some relief was a One Touch Cold Laser. My PT had one in their office. I used it regularly. In fact, I purchased one to use at home. It helped a lot.
Then I had the surgery for nipple reconstruction and lift to the remaining breast. My PS also did a pocket revision on my foob. After that surgery the pain was gone! I was so happy. Weird thing though.....about the same amount of time passed as after my UMX and the pain returned....exactly like the pain I had 3 mos. after my UMX. MY PS and PT both think it is caused by scar tissue forming and nerves regenerating.
Knock on wood, I have not had much trouble with that pain in several months. I hope it stays away. I did not start using the laser until after the pain returned the second time.
I really do think that the shoulder pain and upper back/neck pain is also related to my surgery. There is a fair amount of tightness across my chest and up into the neck and over the shoulder and down the upper back. I have not been able to practice yoga as much as i like. Whenever I raise my arms up in a sweeping motion, I feel tightness down my arm into my hand. I don't see any evidence of cording and neither does my PT. I did have truncal cording after my second surgery....several tight painful guitar string cords running from under my breasts down into my belly. I had incisions under both breast....one to perform the lift on the natural breast and another on the foob when he removed the implant to do the pocket revision. These cords were very painful. They did not occur until about 3 mos. after that surgery and lasted another 6-8 mos after that. Luckily, the are gone now.
Probably more info than you wanted. I hope that you get some relief from your discomfort soon. I was considering going to a pain clinic at one point. I have not talked to my surgeons about the neck/should blade pain. I see my BS for my check up next week and I am having my yearly breast MRI tomorrow. I hope that my over doing it today in the yard does not make lying in the MRI machine more difficult than it already is!!
Take care, cinnamonsmiles!
"The wound is the place where the light enters you." ~ RumiDx 4/28/2011, DCIS, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+Surgery 06/15/2011 Mastectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left); Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent), Nipple reconstruction (Left)