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Posted on: Nov 13, 2019 12:51PM
Is it normal to have pain on the side of the lumpectomy/radiation? On and underneath the breast, and in the ribs? I just feel like the entire side of my chest hurts.
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Nov 13, 2019 05:15PM Euphoriaa wrote:
I have finished rads a month ago. I have pain and tight muscles, also a burning pain that runs through my arm to my fingers. My SO said it can take up to 2 or 3 years to heal rads damage 😪
Nov 14, 2019 01:46AM Prahan wrote:
Yes me too experiencing the same
Nov 14, 2019 11:00AM MinusTwo wrote:
I'm 5 years our from rads after ALND. My RO told me I would have to exercise & stretch every single day for the rest of my life or the nerves & muscles would pull back like a rubber band. I would make a doc appointment about the pain running down to your fingers
Nov 14, 2019 11:12AM S3K5 wrote:
kec1972, yes it is normal to have some pain after the treatments are over. I remember taking Ibuprofen/tylenol which helped with the pain. As others have suggested, stretching exercises do help.
Did you have the lymph nodes removed on the side of your lumpectomy? I had slight lymphedema after radiation, so I had to wear a compression sleeve.
Nov 14, 2019 03:08PM letsgogolf wrote:
I hope it is normal because I have pain nearly 3 years after lumpectomy and radiation. It's a tight, uncomfortable feeling and I can't wait to take my bra off at the end of the day. I probably should be doing more stretching.
Nov 14, 2019 08:24PM kksmom3 wrote:
I am within 2 weeks of my one year anniversary from radiation. My breast is still achey and sore. They even sent me to PT last March, she said I do not have lymphedema, which of course is good, and gave me stretching exercises to do. I did them religiously at first, but really, it doesn't seem to help. I should try to make it a priority again tho. I do also always massage my radiated areas with coconut oil twice a day. I don't know if the pain is from rads or the lumpectomy or both, in which the surgical area was a centimeter under my nipple, an extra sensitive spot. I have tried OTC meds and nothing really helps. Aleve and Advil take the edge off it a little. I find I am more comfortable with a bra on, but I'm still dying to take it off after work! I really hope it gets better. It's' slightly better than last Feb and March. Funny, because it did not hurt until 2 months post lumpectomy.
Nov 15, 2019 06:15AM letsgogolf wrote:
When I mentioned the pain to my doctor in the year after my procedures she explained it as a train wreck in there. I had 2 different types of biopsies prior to my lumpectomy and several samples taken. I was black and blue even up to my surgery which was a month after the samplings. Add that to the stuff they did on surgery day and then for 2 months after. I can feel scar tissue in both the node area and lumpectomy area and it is always mentioned in my mammogram reports. Guess I should not be shocked that after all that trauma the area has been damaged and continues to hurt.
Nov 16, 2019 01:28AM MinusTwo wrote:
kk - my RO told me I would have to stretch EVERY DAY for the rest of my life to counter the radiation damage. Apparently those muscles, nerves, skin, etc. are like a rubber band once they have been radiated. If you don't keep stretching, they will pull back.
I had to stop my regular exercise for two weeks due to cataract surgery. I can already feel the difference and it's not comfortable.
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