Sep 13, 2002 - 6:22 am
Hi! This is my 1st time on board! 2 yrs. ago I was diagnosed with infiltrating ductal carcinoma with 3 positive nodes and had a lumpectomy (left breast) followed by chemo & radiation. I have had CHRONIC PAIN since lumpectomy! Used Duragesic pain patch for 1 yr. but chose to stop taking med. Am using ice packs for pain. Haven't been successful in finding a dr. who will LISTEN or do tests to find out what is causing the pain. I realize it MAY be something I'll have to live with but would like to KNOW. It feels like I'm in a mammography machine with varying pressure. The pain increases the longer I'm 'vertical'. At first, could only be up for 1 hr. @ a time. Now, I can usually go for 4 hrs. Any longer and I 'pay dearly'. Have a frozen shoulder as a result of lumpectomy & pain; had over 40 sessions of PT - no luck. Will wait for it to thaw because any exercise with arm causes breast pain to increase. Have any of you experienced chronic pain due to lumpectomy? Also, do any of you know how to get a dr to to take you seriously?