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Forum: Pain — Share important questions and provide support to others experiencing breast cancer and treatment-related pain.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2013 08:13AM

Katita wrote:

Hello to everyone,
I had bilateral mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction on August 29th,2013.
Recovery was ok until yesterday . After my surgeon removed 3 out of 4 drainages . Next early morning I developed this extremely uncomfortable rib pan on my left( maybe coincident but drainages removed completely also on the left side). I can't breath fully, it gives me sharp pain on the left rib cage.
Last night my husband took me to Emergency just to make sure is no blood clots in the lung. They run some tests( X-ray, CT scan,blood work). No blood clots found, but some fluids in the left lung. I was sent home.
Here I'm can't sleep hoping if someone had similar condition and tell me what should I do.
Thank you,

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Sep 14, 2013 08:48PM melmcbee wrote:

I would keep an eye out for infection and call you surgeon monday. Im sorry you are hurting. Do you have any pain meds to take?

Melanie. mentor smooth round high profile gel 700 rt 550 lt with fat grafting 5/30/2013 Dx 6/24/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 2, 8/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 07/09/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Right) Surgery 08/09/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right) Chemotherapy 08/23/2012 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, Taxotere Radiation Therapy 01/09/2013 External Hormonal Therapy 04/04/2013 Arimidex Surgery 05/30/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both) Surgery 12/04/2013 Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Right)