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Topic: Sternum pain

Forum: Living Without Reconstruction After a Mastectomy — Discuss prostheses, swimsuits, bras, and other options for women not having reconstruction or waiting for reconstruction.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019 03:04PM

KelleyD wrote:

I am almost two weeks out from my Dx mastectomy and I am having a lot of sternum pain. It is tender to the touch and aches constantly. I see the surgeon on Thursday and will be bringing it up, but was curious if anyone else had experienced the same thing.

Thank you.

Dx 9/13/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/29/2019 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
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Nov 11, 2019 03:41PM Yogatyme wrote:

Kelley, I, too, had sternum pain post BMX (8/13/19) as well as rib pain in area where drains were. Both are better but not completely resolved. It seems to come and go, probably secondary to activity and nerves “waking up”. I don’t think it’s anything worrisome but I would certainly ask the doc about it.


Yogatyme Surgery 3/3/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/13/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Nov 12, 2019 12:55PM KelleyD wrote:

Thank you. I figured that it is pretty common, but boy is it annoying.

Dx 9/13/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/29/2019 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
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Nov 12, 2019 01:16PM 2019whatayear wrote:

Same here , was much better w/in 8 weeks

IDC 2 cm micromets 1 node 8 more removed. BMX 6/24, A/C then Taxol 7/25, 25 rads 1/6/2020 No reconstruction BRCA2 - BSO 2/19 all clear/ starting AI on 3/1/2020
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Nov 14, 2019 04:06PM KelleyD wrote:

Thank you replying. I’m glad to know from others that it does improve.

Dx 9/13/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/29/2019 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left
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Dec 10, 2019 05:15AM Soulsmile25 wrote:

I have the same thing. Sore and it’s so tender to the touch. I’m 3 weeks post DIEP.

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Feb 22, 2020 07:08PM ARmom4 wrote:

Same here. 10 days post bmx. Sternum pain with periodic strong pains. My entire chest from armpit to armpit is so tight and uncomfortable. Really tender around ribs where the drains are. Thankfully, my drainage has gone down a lot so they'll be taken out next week. Armpits are the worst though. The pain runs down my arm too. I am so over this!

Diagnosed age 35. ATM gene mutation.Severe reaction to Taxol and Taxotere. Herceptin and Tamoxifen now. Dx 1/3/2020, DCIS/IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (DUAL) Surgery 2/11/2020 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left Targeted Therapy 3/27/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 3/27/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 4/17/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/29/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 7/1/2020 Prophylactic ovary removal
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May 11, 2020 02:02PM abc54321 wrote:

I had the same thing! I thought they wrapped me up too tightly, and the bandage caved in my skin around the bones!

We had to unwrap me before my first post op visit and that gave me some immediate relief.

I am seven week out now and the pain is almost gone. I have to press pretty hard to make it hurt.

Dx 1/12/2020, IDC: Mucinous, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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May 11, 2020 07:57PM OnTarget wrote:

I'm a year out, and somewhere along the line my sternum pain went away. I still have some cording and other minor pains, but my sternum pain is gone.

Weirdly enough, I think bench pressing is what eliminated the last of it.

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. Dx 4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/14/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/13/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 8/5/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/5/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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