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Topic: Pain increasing 3 weeks AFTER Core Biopsy??!!

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Posted on: Aug 14, 2018 04:19PM - edited Aug 14, 2018 04:42PM by Spoonie77

Spoonie77 wrote:

Ok, has anyone had this happen???

I had my Core Biopsy on July 19th. Handled the procedure well. Hardly any bruising. No bleeding afterwards, No swelling. Minimal pain that was totally gone in less than 4 days. Thought I was out of the woods as far as that procedure goes.

Not so much :(

A week afterwards, the pain in the CB site began steadily throbbing, aching, and increasing in intensity.

Three weeks later it is really painful. I cannot put pressure on it. Bras are out of the question. Just sitting in a chair the ache is intense.

I live with Chronic Pain due to other medical conditions daily, have done so for past 30 years.

I'm not a wuss by any means, yet this pain is hard to ignore.


I am scheduled for my Lumpectomy on Aug 30th.

I talked with my Cancer Center triage RN today - she said it's just a "hematoma" and I'll be fine. Unless it's swelling, hot to the touch, etc it's not anything to be concerned about.

I want to believe her, but I'm having a hard time. My mind is freaking out and this isn't usual for me.


My mind says pain doesn't increase after a procedure, it gets better....not worse....but I'm new to the BC world.

Can anyone help me trust them and know I don't need to be alarmed? Or am I right to be worried?????


TIA!

Hugs and healing to all! <3

"Spoonie" who entered BC World @ 41. DXd w/MS & Thyroid Cancer @42. Treatment: LX/SLNB/RADs. Plan A: 5mg Tamox = 0 QOL. Plan B: OS/AI = Rare allergy to OS meds. Plan C: Only option left,  Diet & Exercise. PS: Not a dr, just a Googler. Dx 7/20/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 8/30/2018, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2 Surgery 8/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/1/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 3/30/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 7/2/2019 Zoladex (goserelin)
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Aug 14, 2018 04:33PM mustlovepoodles wrote:

I think I'd want add someone to evaluate that. It may be "just a hematoma", or a seroma, or an infection. . If your breast surgeon won't see you this week, call your PCP or go to Urgent Care. The pain should only be getting better by now, not worse.

Oncotype 23. Positive for PALB2 & Chek2 gene mutations. My breasts are trying to kill me! Dx 7/20/2015, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/20/2015 Lumpectomy Surgery 9/3/2015 Lumpectomy: Right Chemotherapy 10/19/2015 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 2/4/2016 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 10/19/2016 Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole) Surgery
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Aug 14, 2018 04:37PM Spoonie77 wrote:

Thanks so much MustLove - this was my thought too!

I go in for my Pre-Op appt tomorrow with my PC so I'll ask her about it at length. Hopefully they will take me seriously. I'm disappointed that my triage RN just passed it off as nothing to worry about.

I just doesn't seem right that the pain is getting worse, not better. I've been googling hematomas from Core Biopsies and yes this can and does happen. I get it BUT it can lead to infection sometimes and with my surgery in 2 weeks, I really want someone to stay on top of this so it can stay on schedule. Especially given my immune system conditions and connective tissue diseases.

Hopefully my PC will be able to alleviate my stress about this and help calm down the pain. Fingers crossed!

I'll post what my PC suggests tomorrow afternoon.

Thanks again MustLove - even just having someone echo my thoughts is so very supportive and helpful. At least I'm not alone!

"Spoonie" who entered BC World @ 41. DXd w/MS & Thyroid Cancer @42. Treatment: LX/SLNB/RADs. Plan A: 5mg Tamox = 0 QOL. Plan B: OS/AI = Rare allergy to OS meds. Plan C: Only option left,  Diet & Exercise. PS: Not a dr, just a Googler. Dx 7/20/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 8/30/2018, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2 Surgery 8/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/1/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 3/30/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 7/2/2019 Zoladex (goserelin)

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