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Topic: January Physical Therapy after Reconstruction

Forum: DCIS (Ductal Carcinoma In Situ) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for DCIS.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2009 11:08AM

Zerlina53 wrote:

I'm really excited as not only am I looking forward to physical therapy (PT) but starting a new topic for the first time on this board! I'm curious if anyone else will be starting physical therapy this month. I'm a little over 3 weeks after my final (saline) implant surgery so my PS nurse recommended PT (at 4 weeks) to help prevent lymphedema and improve range of motion. I did ask her about: 1) massage to help prevent capsular contraction and 2) x-country skiing and building up my arm muscles which led to her to recommend PT. I'm 54, not in the greatest shape but planning to change this in my life (and hopefully avoid taking tamoxifen...but that's another story). So, I'm also writing this to remind those of us with implants to ASK about massage/exercise! Even though there are bits and pieces about PT scattered throughout the discussion boards, it would be great to have one section for those of us at this stage of reconstruction. It's been a long journey though not nearly as difficult as others have had. Just hope this mini-infection on my incision goes away FAST so I can start PT for sure next week. It's been so great meeting everyone and hearing so many wonderful ideas and experiences. Smile

Zerlina

Dx 5/2008, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Jan 14, 2009 09:55PM Hockeymom1 wrote:

Hi Zerlina,

I'm at a different phase, I had my bilateral mastectomy Dec. 9th, 2008, so I'm 4 weeks post op and just started PT.

 My doctor didn't recommend it but a friend of mine who just went through this said she had great success with it.  I'm lucky enough to have found a wonderful physical therapist that works with mastectomy patients.  I have lost 30% of my mobility and she said with a month or two of PT I should be back to 100%.

 Yesterday was my first day and I'm thrilled with what I accomplished.  She gave me homework and I'm very motivated to work towards being 100%.

 Good luck to you and lets help spread the work that PT is an option for post mastectomy patients. 

DCIS 5cm+ w/0.5mm microinvasion Grade 3 ER-/PR- 0/2 nodes
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Jan 17, 2009 10:54AM Zerlina53 wrote:

Hi Hockeymom!

Right now, I don't know exactly WHAT stage I'm at. I was so excited a few days ago; but then had a total melt-down after starting the antibiotics for the infection. Meltdown=nausea + sleeping the entire next day. Who knows what exactly happened and why? Now, I'm got tremendous swelling and the skin surrounding the foob is quite an interesting color, pinkish, reddish purplish. Will see PS tomorrow. No matter what, I WILL do physical therapy. Smile

Thanks so much for the encouragement and glad you had such a great PT experience. The main thing here is being healthy. So, if I have to lose the foob, well there's only so much time to play around with these things.

Zerlina

Dx 5/2008, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Feb 15, 2009 04:22AM Zerlina53 wrote:

I believe I have conquered this infection!! I still have 1 more week of cipro after 3 weeks of  misery with clindamycin (and cipro).

Physical therapy is FANTASTIC!!!! So, I'm spreading the word. GO FOR IT!!! I'm lucky to be seeing lymphedema specialists. My first session was with a generalist who actually had recovered from breast cancer. Not only did it improve my range of motion, the therapist massaged scar tissue around the drain. The home exercises help the implant area feel softer. Since my implant was placed under the muscle (are all of them?), these exercises must also be massaging the area.

After thinking I might lose the implant, this is all quite encouraging. I feel so much better as well.

Zerlina

Dx 5/2008, DCIS, 4cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+

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