Post mastectomy pain, numb below scar, one month later
I had my mastectomy 4 weeks ago (left side) along with axillary dissection. It is still very painful, especially the underarm area and I assume is mostly due to the dissection, especially as this is the 2nd time around for me (local recurrence, 2.5 yrs ago a lumpectomy and nodes removed). I still can't lift my left arm more than about shoulder height, very painful. Tylenol does nothing to help with the pain and I want to avoid stronger meds. But I read on the forums that for some, there is relatively little pain post mastectomy. I wonder if it is really the dissection that is causing the most pain in my case and if anyone else has suffered this long after the mastectomy with nerve pain; and, does it eventually go away??
Also, I have only recently allowed myself to touch the scar area and I notice that below the scar on my chest everything is numb, but not above the scar.
Is this normal and does sensation return eventually?