Sorry for the delay in response, I did a fairly full reply on my phone which lost itself as soon as I selected Post, which was annoying to say the least. Anyway, better late than never as they say.
I'm afraid I can't remember how long it was before I could drive after the full clearance, but it was certainly longer than I wanted it to be as I took delivery of my first ever brand new car in March last year then had to sit in and look at it on the drive for quite a while. As it was my left arm that was affected I found that when I did drive it was gear changing that affected me, even now it can sometimes trigger discomfort. I appreciate this doesn't really answer your question but no matter how restricted you feel your movement is the exercises really are the key to improvement, the movements will be tiny at first but you'll be surprised how quickly they increase. Don't forget at this stage you should only be doing the first two exercises, adding the more intense ones after a period of 10 days to 2 weeks. Don't overdo things, it will only set you back in the end. Maybe your physio referral will help, it certainly shouldn't make things worse.
You should be 9 days post op now, I would be interested to know if you are finding things a little bit easier. I certainly hope so.
Best wishes, keep us posted.
I had a full node removal last May after having had my lumpectomy and sentinel node removal just 18 days before. I recovered quickly from the first op, was driving after about 10 days and wanted to get back to work until the surgeon the bombshell. The full removal is a lot more debilitating, I had the drain in for a week, could barely move my arm to get dressed and the exercises were a lot harder to do. I really feel for you, its hard enough when you only have yourself to look after and a husband helping you but looking after young children with a very painful and immobile arm must be nearly impossible
The only advice I can give is persevere with the exercises, they really do get easier. They are not an overnight fix though and patience is the key. Also really try to avoid lifting with your op arm, when you do get it moving. Even now it sets my arm back!
Good luck with your recovery, I hope it's as quick as can be.
Hello lovely ladies,
I'm 4 days post lumpectomy and full nodes removal and pretty much unable to move my arm.
I'm still in fair bit of pain but the worst is def my immobile arm - the breast itself is healing fine and not really sore, at least compared to the arm/shoulder/armpit.
I had to stay an extra night at hospital as almost passed out when trying to do the post-op warm-up/basic exercises with physio and I can't still do them properly and def not without double dosing on painkillers.
I'm going to ask for a physio referral when I see consultant next week but was wondering if anyone has had similar/same and what to exact? I got 2 small kids so currently unable to do anything, especially with the 1yr old... thanks x