I wouldn't be too concerned about how and when you will have the courage to stop taking painkillers. Eventually I found the gaps in taking them got longer and longer so instead of four hourly gaps- it became five hours until you drop taking for example the early morning ones - you and your body will know - and all of a sudden you will realise that you're not taking them!!
Just been for my pre-chemo assessment and a tour of the unit. Met some of the lovely staff there. Free tea and coffee or soft drinks to keep me and hubby going (but no gin🙁). Starting tomorrow, got to go in early for PICC line insertion and then chmo due for 12 noon.
Tried on the cold cap 😨, I said "oh yes that is cold" nurse - "I've not turned it on yet" 😳 So not sure about that then!!!
Think I'm all set, just the other half who seems to be more worried than me - bless him.
Emma I hope all goes well today for your op 😘 Sending a gentle hug to you.
And hugs to everyone else. 🤗
I had a lumpectomy and some lymph nodes removed in the Summer and have now just got through chemo.
I found it quite sore for a few days after, so the trick was to take the painkillers regularly, before the pain got really bad. It then settles down and after 2 weeks was pretty much ok. I was given a leaflet on exercises after surgery, which was hard at first, but persevere with it as the area under your arm will feel quite tight.
Going forward, just be careful about lifting heavy things. I think you just learn to adjust.
Hope all goes well for you next week x
I had a lumpectomy with node clearance on the 4th October, I asked that they didn't take all my nodes unless they really had to. Apparently they have left me with some. So maybe worth asking the surgeon on the day. I still have a risk of lymphodema so being careful and keeping an eye on any swelling. I do have a cording which is the tugging sensation in the arm. This is more unpleasant than painful and ibuprofen helps. I have a long but very neat scar in my armpit and one around the nipple (not so neat but will improve) the bruising all went very quickly.
Good luck with your surgery.
I start chemo next week, so opposite way round to you. 😘