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Sep 7, 2016 03:11PM
I am new to this site. I was diagnosed in June with IDC and am having a mastectomy on Friday. I have so many questions, fears and concerns.
I'm 37 years old (36 when diagnosed) with no family history, genetics test came back normal with no mutations, my oncotype dx score is a 25. The tumor is 9mm and I am ER+ PR- HER2-.
I have the worst anxiety and came here for support.
Does anyone on here think that having surgery 3 months after diagnoses is a long time? I have read people having it within a month, but I've waited 3. Does breast cancer move quickly? My BS said it doesn't move that fast and that it was probably there for years before the tumor was big enough to feel. I found it myself while putting on my bra and my BS said it was rare I found it because of the size. But I did find it and now here I am.
I want to know about some things pertaining to surgery. I'm getting my injection shot tomorrow and I've read on here from some people that they don't use lidocaine or any other local anaesthetic before giving the shot so it's extremely painful. Those posts were from many years ago and I was wondering if anyone on here who has gone through surgery recently can tell me a little about the injection shot and what it feels like and what it makes you feel like after its given? Is it the same feeling when you get the dye for a CT where you get all warm and feel like you've peed yourself or is that only when the dye is injected into your veins?
I am also wondering about the nerve block? I'm getting that the day of surgery, my BS says it makes recovery easier and it makes waking up from surgery quicker with less pain and nausea. I'm wondering what it makes your chest feel like? I have a panic attack when I think I can't breathe or when I feel like I can't breathe. When I got my wisdom teeth out after waking up from surgery I had a panic attack because I couldn't feel the air going down my throat because of the novacaine. Has anyone recently had a nerve block before a single surgery? What did it feel like? Could you still feel your lungs moving in and out? I've heard pressure can be felt what does the pressure feel like? Like someone sitting on your chest?
What does it feel like waking up from surgery? I'm scared of panic stacks afterwards because I won't know where I am. How long does it take to fully wake up and be able to move? Are you still paralysed afterwards or can you move your body? How soon can you get out of bed?
What is the pain like? I've heard of spasms and pressure. Does that pain feel like a heart attack? Or like an elephant is sitting on your chest? I'm just trying to find out if the pain is in the upper chest area like when you have a respiratory infection or if the pain isn't in your actual chest? My biggest fear in life is not being able to breathe so if anyone can tell me if the nerve block or the pain afterwards makes you feel like you can't breathe I'd appreciate it
6/8/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
9/9/2016 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant