Hi Cath sorry to hear you are having trouble with your implant. I cant help re the implant, but I can commiserate with you, having developed shoulder & elbow issues from exercising. I had a bad reaction to first FEC & 15 hours of vomiting later had lost 12 lbs. I'm being told that's partly to blame, but mainly chemo has affected muscle tone. The BCN just said 'do as much exercise as you are able fatigue wise', nothing about rebuilding muscles, so I launched myself back into everything. Now I have got painful, clicking joints. I'm 12 months post chemo & 3 months after Herceptin & hoped to be back to normal now. Guess I'm just posting this to warn others that if you lose a lot of weight or your muscle tone goes, be really careful about just starting full on classes/tennis. I actually exercised throughout chemo& did all the post op shoulder stuff, so I feel a bit ripped off at this latest complication when I am approaching the second anniversary of diagnosis. When they say this is a long road, they weren't kidding were they!?! All the best & hope your issues clear up soon. xx
Hi Riversidedawn. Thanks for your info. I feel as if i'm 90% fine, i'm glad i've got a boob etc but these niggly things are annoying ! I think i'll have to be grateful for what i've got and accept that things will always be slightly different than before!
I've found it quite difficult to find info on saline/silicone implant reconstruction, loads for boob jobs but not reconstruction !!
I'll ring the Breast Clinic tomorrow, now you've mentioned it I suppose the very tender swollen bit at the top of my implant must be the pec muscle. I've previously had lymphodema training & some lovely tai chi through Macmillan at the hospital but nothing specifically related to the pec and the implant.
Press ups may be a thing of the past!
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I am 12 months Post mastectomy with saline implant, 3 lymph nodes removed, no chemo or radio, now on tamoxifen. I have taken a year to improve my fitness, nothing like it was pre-op but it's a work in progress! I do a minimum of 4 classes a week, generally, circuits, kettlebell, spin & hiit. My instructor has been a great help, keeping an eye on me and giving me alternative exercises.
I've taken months to slowly increase my weights but after getting a bit too enthusiastic with the press ups this week my implant has gone a bit odd and the surrounding skin & muscle is very tender & achy. I know this is a sign I need to tone it down a bit but I wonder if anyone has any similar experience with implants .
Will I always be limited in what I can do ?