lumpsectomy soreness after 5wks.

ppurdin
ppurdin Member Posts: 1,181
edited March 2014 in Breast Cancer #1
HI,SINCE WE CAN ASK ABOUT ANYTHING ON THIS SIGHT,HERE GO,S.THE SORNESS FROM LUNPSECTOMY WAS EASED UP QUITE A BIT,(HAS BEEN 5WKS.)ALL BUT THE SHOOTING PAINS I HAVE SOMETIMES.WHERE THEY TOOK MORE TISSUE WHERE THE CANCER WAS ON THAT WHOLE SIDE OF MY BREAST HAS BECOME SORE AGAIN AND IS HARD AS A ROCK.sHOULD I BE CONCERNED?i START CHEMO IN A FEW WEEKS.I DON,T KNOW IF THIS IS COMMON OR NOT.oR SHOULD I CALL MY DR?tHANK YOU. Pat.

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  • jnl
    jnl Member Posts: 3,869 Member
    The hardness may be scar
    The hardness may be scar tissue Pat. That would be just a guess on my part. And, you are only out of surgery 5 weeks, so, I would think some pain would still be expected. When is your next doctor's appointment? You might just give him a call and ask these questions to put your mind at ease. That is what he is there for. Let us know.

    Leeza
  • chenheart
    chenheart Member Posts: 5,159
    I had a lumpectomy 7 YEARS
    I had a lumpectomy 7 YEARS ago, and it is still and always sensitive to the touch....it is something I just live with, as I don't want to take pain meds all the time. That wouldn;t be good for my liver, and so I ignore it unless it is ultra sensitive and then I take an Advil or something.

    BTW, is there any chance that you might please try and type without using all capital letters? The super large letters are actually harder for me to read, and I certainly don't want to ignore any of your posts! I often hit my "lock caps" on the keyboard by mistake when I should be hitting the "shift" key, so I know I have been guilty of all caps too, sometimes! But, I think most of us will agree that it is harder to read than the regular size font. Just a thought!

    If you decide to call your Dr about your lumpectomy pain, please let us know what he says!
    Have a happy Labor Day weekend!

    Hugs,
    Chen♥
  • m_azingrace
    m_azingrace Member Posts: 399
    chenheart said:

    I had a lumpectomy 7 YEARS
    I had a lumpectomy 7 YEARS ago, and it is still and always sensitive to the touch....it is something I just live with, as I don't want to take pain meds all the time. That wouldn;t be good for my liver, and so I ignore it unless it is ultra sensitive and then I take an Advil or something.

    BTW, is there any chance that you might please try and type without using all capital letters? The super large letters are actually harder for me to read, and I certainly don't want to ignore any of your posts! I often hit my "lock caps" on the keyboard by mistake when I should be hitting the "shift" key, so I know I have been guilty of all caps too, sometimes! But, I think most of us will agree that it is harder to read than the regular size font. Just a thought!

    If you decide to call your Dr about your lumpectomy pain, please let us know what he says!
    Have a happy Labor Day weekend!

    Hugs,
    Chen♥

    It seems to be "normal"
    Pat, my lumpetomy was on July 21 this year, and there's still a good deal of tenderness. And at times I feel some odd twinges. Not exactly pain, not exactly itching either, similar to what you describe...a sort of jabbing sensation, almost like a little needle got left in there? [but I know that didn't happen]. The surgeon scooped out a large section of my left breast, so I have just chalked it up to the ongoing healing process. And it feels so much different from my "good" side, because some lymph nodes were removed too.

    Maybe this is another "new normal" for us...peculiar pains and other phanthom feelings, that no one else experiences if they haven't had this kind of treatment?

    Gracie

    P.S. Did I see on the boards that you are now taking rads? I wonder if that is also playing a role?

    OOPS...my bad...I think that was someone else that's started rads.
  • jk1952
    jk1952 Member Posts: 613

    It seems to be "normal"
    Pat, my lumpetomy was on July 21 this year, and there's still a good deal of tenderness. And at times I feel some odd twinges. Not exactly pain, not exactly itching either, similar to what you describe...a sort of jabbing sensation, almost like a little needle got left in there? [but I know that didn't happen]. The surgeon scooped out a large section of my left breast, so I have just chalked it up to the ongoing healing process. And it feels so much different from my "good" side, because some lymph nodes were removed too.

    Maybe this is another "new normal" for us...peculiar pains and other phanthom feelings, that no one else experiences if they haven't had this kind of treatment?

    Gracie

    P.S. Did I see on the boards that you are now taking rads? I wonder if that is also playing a role?

    OOPS...my bad...I think that was someone else that's started rads.

    The jabbing pain is quite

    The jabbing pain is quite common after a lumpectomy. I have had it after all of my biopsies and lumpectomies. At times, it almost took my breath away. But, it didn't last long, and I stopped having them after a couple months.

    Joyce
  • rainbow4
    rainbow4 Member Posts: 137

    It seems to be "normal"
    Pat, my lumpetomy was on July 21 this year, and there's still a good deal of tenderness. And at times I feel some odd twinges. Not exactly pain, not exactly itching either, similar to what you describe...a sort of jabbing sensation, almost like a little needle got left in there? [but I know that didn't happen]. The surgeon scooped out a large section of my left breast, so I have just chalked it up to the ongoing healing process. And it feels so much different from my "good" side, because some lymph nodes were removed too.

    Maybe this is another "new normal" for us...peculiar pains and other phanthom feelings, that no one else experiences if they haven't had this kind of treatment?

    Gracie

    P.S. Did I see on the boards that you are now taking rads? I wonder if that is also playing a role?

    OOPS...my bad...I think that was someone else that's started rads.

    needle-like pains
    I know exactly what you mean about the jabbing sensation. I asked my surgeon, and he said that's various nerve endings regenerating after the surgery. It can continue for a short time, or be more long-term. I had a lumpectomy on April 21, and I still get an occasional "zap". No big deal.

    -Barb
  • ppurdin
    ppurdin Member Posts: 1,181
    rainbow4 said:

    needle-like pains
    I know exactly what you mean about the jabbing sensation. I asked my surgeon, and he said that's various nerve endings regenerating after the surgery. It can continue for a short time, or be more long-term. I had a lumpectomy on April 21, and I still get an occasional "zap". No big deal.

    -Barb

    pain and sorness
    so it sounds pretty normal.And sorry about the cap lock.I,ll do better.And no rads.yet.I start chemo in a 3weeks.I appriatte your answers.god Bless you all.Pat.
  • sgamtd
    sgamtd Member Posts: 124
    ppurdin said:

    pain and sorness
    so it sounds pretty normal.And sorry about the cap lock.I,ll do better.And no rads.yet.I start chemo in a 3weeks.I appriatte your answers.god Bless you all.Pat.

    ppurdin
    Hi, I am 5 weeks from lumpectomy and node removal too, and still have on and off soreness, also have some of the shooting pains, and a HARD area around the scar, I was also told it was pretty normal, and from what I have read here, it can go on for some time, and maybe like "Chen" said it never really leaves, I am sure we will all have both physical and emotional scarring from this journey, this message board has made it all bearable though.
    Blessings to all
    sgamtd
  • VickiSam
    VickiSam Member Posts: 9,079 Member
    Its been about 3 weeks - lumpectomy and I too have pains
    I am not healing as quickly as I thought. My breast cancer specialist, no general surgeron who sliced and diced me .. suggested that I wear a bra .. 24 hours .. soft running/athlete. It has helped. I am still very very sensitive, tissue is lumpy and hard. Dr. H, states this is part of the healing process. I am not very worried, as I will be having a bi lateral mac'tmy sometime early next year.

    Best to call your doctor Pat. Let him put your mind at rest.



    VickiSam
  • Ritzy
    Ritzy Member Posts: 4,381 Member
    sgamtd said:

    ppurdin
    Hi, I am 5 weeks from lumpectomy and node removal too, and still have on and off soreness, also have some of the shooting pains, and a HARD area around the scar, I was also told it was pretty normal, and from what I have read here, it can go on for some time, and maybe like "Chen" said it never really leaves, I am sure we will all have both physical and emotional scarring from this journey, this message board has made it all bearable though.
    Blessings to all
    sgamtd

    I am still a little sore and
    I am still a little sore and I just started radiation treatments which might make it a little worse. But, it is bearable. I don't have any hardness around my scar though. It is almost gone actually. It probably is just scar tissue. Call your oncologist if it worries you.

    Sue :)
  • Alexis F
    Alexis F Member Posts: 3,598
    VickiSam said:

    Its been about 3 weeks - lumpectomy and I too have pains
    I am not healing as quickly as I thought. My breast cancer specialist, no general surgeron who sliced and diced me .. suggested that I wear a bra .. 24 hours .. soft running/athlete. It has helped. I am still very very sensitive, tissue is lumpy and hard. Dr. H, states this is part of the healing process. I am not very worried, as I will be having a bi lateral mac'tmy sometime early next year.

    Best to call your doctor Pat. Let him put your mind at rest.



    VickiSam

    Pat
    I think some pain is normal. It hasn't been very long Pat since your surgery. And, like some posted, they still have some pain after years. But, call your doctor and ask him if you are really worried.

    Lex♥
  • Noel
    Noel Member Posts: 3,095 Member
    Alexis F said:

    Pat
    I think some pain is normal. It hasn't been very long Pat since your surgery. And, like some posted, they still have some pain after years. But, call your doctor and ask him if you are really worried.

    Lex♥

    As everyone has written, it
    As everyone has written, it is normal, I would assume, to still have some pain. I know that I still have a little pain from my lumpectomy and my rads oncologist said it is normal for me with the surgery and then with the rads. Talk to your doctor Pat. Hope you get this resolved.

    ♥ Noel
  • lolad
    lolad Member Posts: 670
    Pat
    How are you feeling? I think just to be on the safe side you should call your surgeon about the hardness and increased pain. I had a double mastectomy and did have the same stabbing pain, but not hardness. I know these are totally different procedures, so the post op symptoms are probably quite different too. I just hope you are feeling better today. And i think its time for me to take a break, my postings tonight are really corny!!

    take care
    laura
  • ppurdin
    ppurdin Member Posts: 1,181
    lolad said:

    Pat
    How are you feeling? I think just to be on the safe side you should call your surgeon about the hardness and increased pain. I had a double mastectomy and did have the same stabbing pain, but not hardness. I know these are totally different procedures, so the post op symptoms are probably quite different too. I just hope you are feeling better today. And i think its time for me to take a break, my postings tonight are really corny!!

    take care
    laura

    pain in breast.
    hi,thanks for your reply.today it is feeling better.sounds like something i might have to always deal with.just another thing the beast does to us.Well take care.love and prayers.
  • ppurdin
    ppurdin Member Posts: 1,181
    lolad said:

    Pat
    How are you feeling? I think just to be on the safe side you should call your surgeon about the hardness and increased pain. I had a double mastectomy and did have the same stabbing pain, but not hardness. I know these are totally different procedures, so the post op symptoms are probably quite different too. I just hope you are feeling better today. And i think its time for me to take a break, my postings tonight are really corny!!

    take care
    laura

    pain in breast.
    hi,thanks for your reply.today it is feeling better.sounds like something i might have to always deal with.just another thing the beast does to us.Well take care.love and prayers.