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why do i have a feeling of a tight band around my chest and back after bi-lateral

By Anonymous August 17, 2010 - 4:09pm
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i had a bi-lateral masectomy on april 8, 2009. the tightness was felt immediatly after surgery so was not due to scar tissue. am seeing my second pain management dr. Nerve blocks do not help so far. am told my symptoms are unusual , even unheard of . after surgery my chest had to be aspirated several times . this is so painful ! have been on many pain meds, nerve meds. what has happened to me ?

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Anon - It's sad to learn of your pain and I hope we can help you. I'm a bit puzzled, however, by your question. Many women have chest tightness following bi-lateral mastectomy, so I'm not sure why you've been told that your situation is very unusual. What were you told regarding this? Has any type of exercise program been started as part of your post-op care? Or is it too painful to even move?

BreastCancer.org has forums where women can discuss similar situations. This link will take you to a forum about chest tightness and may provide some insight into your situation and ways to relieve your discomfort.

Are you part of a local breast cancer or cancer support group where you can get additional information and support? If not, and you're interested in this type of support, let us now where you live (city, state or province) or country) and we will do the research to find a local organization.

Look forward to hearing back from you,

August 17, 2010 - 5:44pm
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