CSN Login
Members Online: 9

Problems after bilateral mastectomy

dh49
Posts: 1
Joined: Feb 2003

I am bilateral with radical on the right side. I am having a lot of pain problems. I am right handed. Even my shoulder blade in the back is lower. It has been almost 4yrs. since the surgery. I need to know if anyone else is having trouble with pain. Its not just the arm pit. No one told me this could happen.

warrendale
Posts: 1
Joined: Feb 2003

I too had a bilateral with radical on the right and prophylactic on the left. I went through 6 months of chemo and then within 2 weeks of radiation I developed upper right back pain. It's been a year since I developed it and it's still there. It feels like a pinched nerve. I've been told it was due to the positioning during radiation, or scar tissue or the fact that I now carry everything on my left and I might be not standing as straight. No one seems to really know why. I've had several bone scans and x-rays and they are all clear, thankfully. I think all you can do is gentle exercises to strengthen your back (yoga). There are also herbal painkillers that work well too. Hope that helps.

23nodes
Posts: 3
Joined: Feb 2003

I had a modified radical on my left and a simple mastectomy on my right. I am right handed. I have difficulty with becoming sore, especially if I do a lot of lifting, especially anything over 10-15 lbs. I also have pain at the top of my shoulders at the end of the day. I did not opt for reconstruction, so I also at times have pains across my chest. With 23 lymph nodes removed from under my left side, I consider myself fortunate to not have had swelling in my arms. It has been two years since my surgery. I just tolerate the pain, or consider it a signal of my new limit and go lay down to rest.

Subscribe with RSS
About Cancer Society

The content on this site is for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Do not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. Use of this online service is subject to the disclaimer and the terms and conditions.

Copyright 2000-2014 © Cancer Survivors Network