Terrible pain from tissue expanders
Last week I had a skin sparing double mastectomy/sentinel node removal with the placement of tissue expanders (300 cc's put in the left expander and 240 in the right). I am experiencing terrible pain/burning sensation along the bottom of the implant (top of rib cage area). I was in the hospital one night and was sent home the next morning. I was given 1mg of Hydromorphone to last about 3-4 days and then was to switch to Advil/Tylenol. I requested a higher dose when I was leaving the hospital as that dosage was not even touching the pain but was told no. (I have had a nursing visit and the pain is not due to an infection)
One week in and I have not felt any relief at all from the pain. I assumed it may get a little better each day but it has been non-stop for the whole week. What I'd like to know from those of you who experienced pain after tissue expanders is how long it took for the pain to settle down. I was told to expect the expanders to feel "clunky" and "uncomfortable" until they are swapped out for the implants. If this pain could be downgraded to clunky... I would be able to deal with this. I'm not getting the swap for about 9 months so if this pain is expected to continue for that long, I will have to re-evaluate my plan.
I would so appreciate hearing from any of you who had a lot of pain with expanders. I hope that it has eased completely for you!
Sending such big hugs out to all of you!