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Mar 27, 2021 11:13PM
I think it is sort of normal.
When I had my mastectomy and my first TEs, I had a lot of pain. I had cording, which apparently runs down your rib cage under the TRs. I also had tight skin, which pressed I'm TEs into my pecs and tissues. This is what I think causes the pain.
Jump forward 10 months, I had an infection in my right implant and had it removed. I now have a new TE in and no pain! My skin is looser and I'm getting smaller fills.
The pain could be mastectomy related, but for me, I think it was related to my TEs digging in and blocking stuff from flowing correctly.
My doc told me the same thing "everyone hates TEs", ""TEs are so uncomfortable ". Nope, they don't hurt and they aren't uncomfortable now. I don't even notice them.
Diagnosed at 42, Oncotype score 16, ITC in one node- considered node negative. Lost right implant to infection March 2020. Waiting to start reconstruction all over again.
4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
5/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
6/14/2019 Zoladex (goserelin)
8/6/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
11/6/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant