just want to wish Ali all the best for Monday,
hope you are all doing ok,
Got my results today too, 6.5mm DCIS all non invasive, nodes were clear. They got a clear margin but it was close to the skin so they are recommending radiotherapy. It is good news but it still sounds scary.
Best wishes to you all XX
Had results today. 100mm dcis but also 2 very small lumps 1.5 mm and 7 mm, so they will be further investigated. Back in 2 weeks for those results. Good news that the nodes are clear. Wounds are healing very nicely. At the moment I’ll be on letrozole for 5years, but it will be reviewed when all the results are back. Anyone else on letrozole? Love to all, hope you are improving daily. Xx
Hello ladies, hope you are all as well as can be expected.
Conorchloe, are you slowly straightening out now? I was very glad when I could go back to sleeping on my side but it took several weeks.
with best wishes to you all, girly x
i've got normal paracetamol and Tramadol.
The tramadol makes me a bit drowsy but it does stop the pain and numbs the discomfort.
I had an MX and expander implant. i woke from the op with a heavy duty front fastening bra, i have to wear it for 4 weeks.
M&S have a range of post surgery bras including sports bras which zip up at the front. The sports bras are very supportive and come in a range of funky colours. i also had node surgery and found that most bras press against the scar and after a few hours it begins to ache.
hope this helps
i reduced my pain killers to morning and evening only but i'm about to begin the next range of arm exercises, has anyone started them yet??
Good Luck to all with your results XX
Hi Miffy, I was using a Sanex roll on - they have a good range for sensitive skin but recently I bought a neals yard roll on because it smelt so nice and I haven't had any irritation but it was more than I would normally pay, even on sale. We are very itchy and scratchy in our house so Sanex has been good.
I noticed since my op - DIEP with 10 nodes out - no perspiration smell whatsoever on the MX side!
Am glad to hear all you surgery ladies are getting on ok. It can be like the cakewalk - a couple of steps forward and one back, that's how I felt sometimes.
Some advice please. What deodorant are you using on the side of your mastectomy? Thanks
I had the same implant as you are having. My hospital provided me with a bra, it is fine. I wore it to come home from hospital, 24 hours after my operation. I’ve bought anther one from Asda, only on the internet, it is great, cheap and comfortable. Only downside, it’s back fastening, but I’m coping fine with it. All the very best to you xx
Both my mother and grandmother had ovarian cancer, so I had genetic tests. I don’t carry the gene, brca, I think, not sure how to spell it!! But due to a few other factors, late menopause etc the surgeon and I decide to have my ovaries and tubes removed, that was in August. In May I fell, tripped over our front doorstep and ended up with 25 stitches at the side of my head. Not my best year health wise. Things can only get better, at least I hope so. Xx
Look after yourself. You’re doing really well. Xx
So pleased you can go home. Take care not to do too much, but if you are anything like me it is nice to potter and get back to something like normality. We went for a walk to a cafe today, my walk is getting a bit longer each day. My husband was by my side like my minder!! I don’t like the idea of anyone bumping in to me. It’s great to be doing normal things again. I have been fortunate to be surrounded by kindness, flowers and chocolates, I’m very lucky. Results Thursday, so I’m comfort eating chocolate until then.
I stopped taking any painkillers on Friday but didn’t have a good night so I’m back to taking 2 paracetamol at night, maybe it’s psychological, who knows, anyway I had a good nights sleep.
Love to you all xx
Conorchloe, How long before you leave hosiptal?
i feel the pain is more under control now and ive been able to do all the exercises. Drains out on Monday, i hope. xx
Hi all, thank you for words of support.
I'm not sure what happened i felt alright for a few days and then POW, i was is so much pain. it could be the cold weather. i got a new supply of pain killers from my GP.
i have an expander implant, so i'm due another op at some point.
i spent all of yesterday in bed feeling sorry for myself. i had a good with a few close friends and i'm about to begin knitting a wrap!
Oh dear, poor you. Get in touch with your cancer nurse for more help with pain control, it must be very miserable for you. There are lots of different ways in which you can be helped. Sending you lots of love xxxx
Hi Guys, you are so lucky.
i had my MX and reconstruction on 29 Jan, i had to stay in 4 nights cause i was in so much pain and there was a lot of swelling in my hand. i was sent for a scan to check for blockages.
i have 2 drains and a primary care team who visit every other day. i will have my drains for two weeks! i began to reduce the painkillers but two days ago the pain returned with a vengeance, i had to request more from my GP.
i have a large bruise on the front of my chest and under my armpit. the armpit bruise is restricting my movement, i can stretch behind my back but not behind my head. i have to admit i'm glad the cancer has been removed but the pain is beginning to wear me down.
Well done Conorchloe. You had a very long operation. Build yourself up gradually. Whales, I am doing fine, building up gradually. We’ve been to a local garden centre today. It’s nice to be outside looking at different things. It’s the first time I’ve had coffee since my operation, so my sickness has finally completely gone. I’m eating well and much stronger, still a bit sleepy in the afternoon though as I’m waking in the night. I’m listening to my body and having a nap. Washed my hair today, with my husbands help and was pleasantly pleased at how high I could lift my arm. Onwards and upwards now.
Love to you both XX
Good luck to you. I’m doing really well and am sure you will be the same. Build yourself up gradually trying to do a little bit more each day. Just wearing my new bra from Asda, I’m very pleased with it. There’s a wide range available on line and very reasonable too. I’m usually 32 f, much smaller now, a positive that has come out of this. They don’t do 32 so I had 34 d, good choice it is fine. All the very best to you. Thinking of you xxx
All the very best to you for Monday. This thread is great. It’s lovely to talk to ladies who know exactly what it feels like. Xx
My operation was long, nearly 6 and a half hours. I didn’t have anything to drink before my operation. I’m not feeling as sick today. My husband bought me old fashioned rhubarb and custard sweets to sup, they are great. I haven’t needed to take any pain killers today so that’s good. I’ll take some tonight though, I like my sleep. We went to Asda first thing this morning. My sister in law is going into hospital and I wanted to get her a few things. It was nice to have a change of scene. My husband hasn’t let me go out since though as it is so cold today. I’m doing the exercises the hospital suggested there is a big difference between what I can do with my right and left sides. All the best to you all. It’s surprising how quickly you get better. Xxx
District nurse came today and took my drain out. I’ve been really lucky it has only been in for 4 days after the operation. She changed my dressings and was very pleased with the healing process. I’ve only taken antisickness tablets and painkillers this morning, but will take some for bedtime and also sennokot. As my granddaughter would say “ I have a tricky poo!! “. All the very best to you all xx
Hi. I’m doing well. Had sentinel node biopsy, masectomy, reconstruction and reduction on my right breast on Tuesday, I was back in the ward at about 3.15 and came out of hospital on Wednesday also at about 3.15. The district nurse calls every day and probably my one drain will come out today. My main problem has been sickness, but I’m taking preventative tablets so they help. I’ve got a v shaped pillow for the night, which I find good as it holds me in place. My husband and family are great, so I am very lucky. I live in a flat and have started walking along the corridors, a bit more each day. Also, I’m doing the exercises 3 times a day, the one putting your arm behind your back I find the hardest, I think I overstretched a bit yesterday. The hospital have been wonderful they gave me a bag for the drain bag and a bra, I’ve ordered another one from Asda. I’m only taking painkillers for the night and first thing in the morning. I am just so pleased that the operation is over and that I was able to have it all done at the same time. It suited me, but everyone is different. I have my results on the 15th but I’m not thinking about those at the moment. Hope you are okay xx
How are you feeling today xx
Glad to hear your pain level isn’t too bad, but be careful not to overdo it. I’ve bought a triangular pillow for bed time and find it useful to stop me rolling over. All the very best to you xx
Sorry Whales, just seen it's today, hope all is well.
Hi Miffy, glad you are doing so well and your hubby is doing a grand job.
Have you had your op yet Whales or is it next week?
I had an implant. Only 1 drain, which is great. Some kind ladies make cotton material shoulder bags. It’s great for holding the drain. I’ve started doing some gentle exercises and they are okay, I stop when I get to feeling ouch. Unfortunately I’ve been feeling rather sick today so have only drunk water and eaten a few ginger biscuits. My husband has just gone to the doctor to get me some tablets for it. The district nurse called this morning and said the surgeon has done a very good job. I still get very tired at times but I’m glad to be home. My husband is great, im very lucky. Love to you. Xx