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Topic: Pain in Reconstructed Breast

Forum: Breast Reconstruction — Is it right for you? Discuss timing and various procedures and techniques.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2012 01:03AM

lifelover wrote:

Hi friends,

I've been having pain in one of my reconstructed breasts.  I'm one-year post BMX and recon using my inner thigh muscles, fat, etc.

Is this unusual?  It feels like nerve pain.  Could some of the feeling be coming back?  In other words, could it be nerves healing?

Any experience or advice would be helpful! 

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Apr 27, 2012 11:29AM AnneW wrote:

It could well be some nerver regeneration. I wouldn't count on much feeling coming back, though.

If the pain persists, please contact your doctor, though.

2002 IDC stage 1, grade 1, rads & AI Dx 9/18/2007, ILC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 28, 2012 01:16AM lifelover wrote:

Thanks Anne, I see my onc in June.  I'm hoping it's nerve regeneration.

Micropapillary IDC, extensive lymphovascular invasion. Dx 2/9/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 04/05/2011 Mastectomy (Right); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left); Reconstruction: TUG flap, Nipple reconstruction (Both) Chemotherapy 05/22/2011 Cytoxan, Ellence, fluorouracil, Taxotere Hormonal Therapy 10/01/2011 Tamoxifen
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Apr 28, 2012 07:51AM , edited Apr 28, 2012 07:52AM by mybee333

I have pain in my reconstructed breast daily of some kind or another. Under my arm, in my side, armpit, shooting pains in the breast, in the muscle under the breast, all around it. I am currently deciding between augmentation, doing nothng or possibly another mastectomy on my 'healthy' breast but these pain issues concern me.  I wonder if it ever goes away?  I wonder too - how can a numb breast experience so much pain???  lifelover - it's interesting that it's only one breast.  I tried to atlk to my new PS but he pressed painfully hard where my lymph node used to be and said -" see that 's what it is".  And then - "You start wearing a regular bra again and your muscles will get used to it!"  I don't think he got it.

Anybody - is this pain thing typical?  I had my MX June 30, 2011, exchange Dec 2, 2011.

Don't wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain. ~ UMX w/ silicone implant reconstruction. Multifocal -IDC, DCIS, Pagets. Dx 4/6/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-