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Topic: 2 years post mastectomy w/out reconstruction

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: Jul 3, 2020 07:33PM

cccmc2 wrote:

I had a unilateral mastectomy 2 years ago. No real issues this far. I did not get reconstruction. So the last week or so I've been having weird muscle tightening at the mastectomy site. I don't feel anything concerning but this is new. I'm wondering if it could be caused from lack of activity. I've been out of work since the end of April. I wasn't overly active but I did have a routine and worked 6 days a week. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I see the breast surgeon for a follow up on 7/14. Thank you

Dx 3/30/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 4/10/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Jul 9, 2020 09:40PM Aussie-Cat wrote:

cccmc2, I'm sorry you've been having muscle tightening. I guess it could be from your change of routine. Some gentle stretching could help - I find stretching helps me. I'm glad you're seeing your breast surgeon in a few days.

Diagnosed with nerve pain (post mastectomy pain syndrome) July 2018. Twin sister died of breast cancer May 2019. Surgery 6/19/2018 Prophylactic mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jul 13, 2020 09:30PM alto wrote:

I had a unilateral mastectomy, no recon, about 1.5 years ago, and I've had weird new muscle sensations the last month or so. I think it's because I'm doing different things with my body than I have been the last year or so (leaning on my desktop to type, leaning on my table at lunch, sitting in a less ergonomic chair with my arms in a different position, holding up an iPad more, attempting to get back into exercise). And in general, I think we're feeling more anxiety, too, which can make muscles tight. Are you doing some very gentle stretches and relaxation breathing? Like they have you do for recovery after surgery? I'm doing that to see if it helps loosen things up again. I'm glad you're going to get it checked out - try not to worry.

Diagnosed at 42. Had symptoms of Paget's for years prior to positive biopsy. No Tamox because low% ER. Dx 11/2/2018, Paget's, Right, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2+ (IHC) Surgery 11/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Right Dx 11/29/2018, DCIS/Paget's, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 12/18/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 12/21/2018, DCIS, Right, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 1/15/2019 Mastectomy: Right

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