So I have had bilateral mastectomies and reconstruction with implants. My exchange surgery was 7 weeks ago.
Anyways, on the right side 14 years ago, I had ALND - 18 nodes removed and a mastectomy. No reconstruction then. No problems.
On the left side, I was dx with new stage 1 primary one year ago. I had another mastectomy and only a SLND which showed negative nodes.
Now my reconstruction both sides is done. Yesterday, at around 8 PM my left arm was achy. I thought it was just in a weird position for some time the way I was sitting or something. But by bedtime, the whole arm war really achy. And if I typed on my computer, I would get the odd shooting pain into the top of my hand. I took some tylenol and went to bed.
This morning, my arm is still very achy, especially up around the armpit area. And it feels weird. It feel weaker somehow, but not really. I just had my three month check up yesterday afternoon too and was thoroughly checked over. No lumps or swelling under my arms at all. So this is a new thing.
Can you get lymphedema when you just have a SLND? I would think I would get lymphedema on the other side where I had more nodes removed?
Or could this be something else?
Any experience? Any suggestions?
3/29/2004, IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 2/18 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/31/2004 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right
5/31/2004 AC + T (Taxol)
11/30/2004 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall
1/25/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC/IDC/IDC: Mucinous/IDC: Cribriform, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
3/7/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting
Aromasin (exemestane), Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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