Mar 24, 2016 10:57AM - edited Mar 24, 2016 11:01AM by 2ndGenBCA
I just finished my Savi radiation treatment yesterday and had the device removed, too. Yes, it did hurt when the device was removed, but I expressed my pain concerns to the doctor and he was very good at explaining every step and preparing me as best he could. He also let me count down to the final removal, which helped. The immediate pain from the removal got better almost right away, however, I took two of my pain meds from surgery before I went for treatment so I'm sure that helped a bit. Later in the day I did start to hurt again and I took a pain pill. I slept heavily last night - only awoke one time to go to the restroom. Today, I am also sore - but I have been through two surgeries before the placement and removal, so I have been living with pain in my right breast from one thing or another -- off and on -- for some time now.
Regarding the brachytherapy, I am finding that my food tastes like a the smell of an electric burn and I am battling a headache that is causing some nausea. I also feel some sporadic "burn" pain in my treated breast, but it does go away. I am trying to stay focused on how this cleaned the cavity from the dangerous cells rather than the pain and discomfort.
Overall, I am fortunate because I qualified for a clinical study that allowed me to keep the device placed for a three day treatment (entire placement encompassed 6 days) - the radiation levels I received during one treatment were about 750 rather than the 225 or so I believe the 2x day treatment delivers. While the device was uncomfortable, but not unbearable, I was limited in what I could do physically during the time it was placed in my breast. I am thankful that I did not have to have whole breast radiation.
I hope you are feeling better today and that the pain continues to subside over time. Use your pain meds - that is what they are there for. If you don't have any, ask your surgeon to prescribe them. If you hurt, they are necessary. You will probably have to have someone pick them up for you at the doctor's office because they can't call in prescription narcotics due to federal law (just to remind you).
Wishing you a speedy recovery - just remember how fortunate we are to avoid treatments that could cause us even more discomfort.