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Sore from Breast Cancer

By Anonymous August 17, 2008 - 9:40am
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My favorite and most important person, My Mother, had breast cancer two years ago. She had a masectomy removing her left breast, which she also happens to be left handed.

My Mother is the kind of gal with an "S" on her chest for Superwoman, never complains and would never let you know that she can't do something. This past weekend, she came for a visit and I really noticed a drastic change in her. In every culture it is called 'PAIN'.

I noticed that she could not lift her arm high in the air anymore and couldn't do much lifting, she is 61 years old. Not as if I expected her to carry a couch over her back, don't get me wrong. It was a half gallon of milk that she was pouring for her grand daughter and she complained of pain in her chest area where the breast was removed. I was completely surprised by her pain.

Does anyone know what to do for the pain after a masectomy and are there any excersises that can be performed to rebuild that muscle?

Thanks for your insight.

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Thanks for the great information. I am going to forward this information to my Mother and hopefully she will utilize this information.

I will keep you posted on the results.

August 17, 2008 - 2:07pm

Pain management for your mom after a mastectomy depends on the cause of pain. Pain can be associated with muscle or other tissue soreness, nerve sensitivity, infection, etc. Has she been evaluated by her doctor? Your mom sounds very brave!

Pain management post-surgery
According to Komen.org: "Although pain may occur after lumpectomy (also called breast conserving surgery) or mastectomy, it tends to last longer after axillary lymph node dissection. Thirty to 70 percent of women have some degree of pain following axillary dissection [116]. Typically, the more lymph nodes removed, the greater the pain [116]. In rare cases when a mastectomy is performed, injury to the nerves in the surrounding tissues can occur, leading to persistent pain in the area. For those with constant pain, blocking the nerve with anesthetics or taking pain medication, such as gabapentin or pregabalin, for injured nerves is often effective. For most people, however, post-surgical pain is temporary. It is important to let your health care provider know if you have burning or stabbing pain or skin sensitivity that persists for more than a month after surgery."

The Susan G. Komen Foundation has a list of complementary therapies for "after cancer care":

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