nipple and breast pain swelling after lumpectomy
I did okay the first week after lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy. I was very saddened though as I looked like a deflated balloon - I am very small breasted. I also had incision from just under areola to bottom of breast and it looked like my nipple was pulling down which greatly upset me as a lumpectomy is not just a removed cyst - it is a partially removed breast and I wasn't prepared for it emotionally to be that big of a deal.
But after one week, when I could take the binder and/or sport bra off, I swelled terribly, nipple and areola 2-3 times larger than unaffected breast and whole right breast (which was even with left breast before surgery and even maybe a little smaller) is now much bigger than the left breast and very sore. Now at 2-1/2 weeks since surgery and still swollen with a pulling feelingunder nipple and over incision.
The pain meds made my head off and me feel nausious. Ice works better, but can't go out with ice packs.
Can't exercise. Am very depressed and dizzy and don't feel like myself at all. Feel like I'm never going to feel like myself again.
Anyone have any advice or help? How long until I feel better and breast goes down?