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Topic: Shoulder pain after lymph node dissection?

Forum: Surgery - Before, During, and After — Surgical options and helpful tips for recovery and side effects.

Posted on: Aug 19, 2020 07:22AM

July152020 wrote:

a few days after my surgery, one night I moved my left shoulder (same side as the Bc), I felt a sharp shooting pain in my rotate cuff area (front part). It still hurts after 3-4 days and I can barely move my shoulder. I feel my surgery incision is not the painful part right now but the shoulder.

I feel like this has to be related with surgery but would it go away?


Brca-2+; Dx 7/15/2020 at age 43. er+80% pr+40% Her2-, IDC 1.7cm grade 3, DCIS 0.6cm grade3 , 2/15 nodes (0.6cm) started ac+t on 9/17/2020
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Aug 19, 2020 07:40AM SummerAngel wrote:

It probably is related to your surgery, your arms are held out from your body the entire time you're under and it puts strain on the shoulder. When I had my surgery I woke up not being able to feel or move my left arm at all because of the impingement on my shoulder. Mine got better and most likely yours will, too, but you probably have something going on in that shoulder to make it react like that in the first place. Give it some time and if it doesn't improve you might want to have it looked at. Just my non-medical opinion.

Age at dx: 45. Oncotype, left-side tumor: 9. Right side had multifocal IDC and "extensive" LCIS. Isolated tumor cells in 1 right-side node. Dx 3/27/2015, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 4/27/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 6/1/2015 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 6/1/2015 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/28/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 12/4/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Aug 19, 2020 12:44PM AliceBastable wrote:

Yeah, my shoulders have really hurt after my last couple surgeries. I have some arthritis in both, and the positioning during surgery aggravated it. The real shoulder killer was radiation! It took months to stop aching from that stretched overhead position.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/7/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Aug 21, 2020 08:38AM July152020 wrote:

thank you! I went to my doc for post op yesterday and it’s exactly what you guys mentioned.

Mine is getting better but the twist motion still hurts.


Brca-2+; Dx 7/15/2020 at age 43. er+80% pr+40% Her2-, IDC 1.7cm grade 3, DCIS 0.6cm grade3 , 2/15 nodes (0.6cm) started ac+t on 9/17/2020

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