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after a double mastectomy 18 days ago my mum is getting pain and burning down her leg what could it be

By July 10, 2015 - 7:57pm
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she had a double mastectomy just over 2 weeks and now the drains have been removed and breasts feel tender and slight swelling which is fluid but cannot understand the burning pain up and down her leg, can anyone help me please

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A double mastectomy requires a moderate amount of time lying on an operating room table in one position, not moving and in a supine position. The possibility of unusual pressure on the sciatic nerve for an extended period is likely. Also, some spinal stenosis may have been aggravated by the length of time she was immobile. Should be nothing related to the surgical procedure on the breasts however. Some Ibuprophen for the sciatic inflamation and some mild spinal stretches should help. Also an ice pack applied to the lower back/ hip area should help.

August 16, 2015 - 9:40am

Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
I will venture to say that the burning in the leg is unrelated to the mastectomy.
The most common causes of these kinds of sensations are: bad circulation and/or a pinched nerve.
Medication could also be a possible cause.
If the burning and pain persists more than a few days then she needs to see her doctor who can refer you to a specialist if necessary.

July 11, 2015 - 10:48am
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