Aug 23, 2012 - 1:05 am
Last week my pain level after my mastectomy on 8/10 was pretty minimal. Then, the pain/numbing medicine ball with catheter finished and I was told to pull out the catheter--I'm expected a couple of inches. Silly me--I'm pulling, pulling, pulling--12 inches came out of my chest! Luckily, it didn't hurt, but they could have told me--right?!
Anyway, for the last 4 days (the numbness is subsiding), the pain over my ribs along with the intense pressure has been pretty darn annoying. I saw the surgeon yesterday--he pulled my drain (yeah!). He said things looked good and I asked him, then why does it feel like you've knelt on my chest below my incision and broke several ribs. He was like, "Gee, that's unusual that you're feeling that." I hate it when they do that--it's like really--out of the 1,000's of mastectomies you've done, you've never heard that?!! I'm not going to blame you for anything--just tell me it's okay and it can happen. It just feels like the muscles over these ribs have been ripped.
Everything feels so tight there and getting up from a laying down position requires a set of hands to help me.
Just waiting for all of this to get better. I've heard from so many of you that you had minimal to no pain--makes me feel like a baby, but this is real.
Hugs, (but very gentle ones), Renee