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madgemb
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Re: Rib pain

Well thanks all for your thought. Have at last found out the problem.i have had a reaction to my breast prosthesis . I now have tissue growing round it and it feels like someone is squeezing it all the time. Need to have it removed and think of other surgery. Again thanks for you kind thoughts. M x

angiepops
Member

Re: Rib pain

hi

i went to the doctors about this, and a few other things, she said it was trauma from having the mx and exxamined me, she said to take painkillers to be able to sleep at night. it looks like its going to be ongoing from what you are all experiencing. it would be nice to know if its normal or not though, such a long time after mx, or do we get this forever?

angie xx

Cbr55
Member

Re: Rib pain

Hi, It's nearly 5yrs since I had my mastectomy like you I wasn't given any advice on pain around the scar and over the last 5yrs I  felt foolish at times when I ask my oncolagist about pain, apparentley it's normal but how on earth are people to understand this when you haven't had anything to do with cancer, it leaves me very frustrated at times which stops me asking questions.

I have however noticed that when I'm about to come down with a cold/ stress etc I do have really bad pain in that area-is that normal? very confusing!

 good luck with your search 🙂 Cat Happy

poemsgalore
Member

Re: Rib pain

Hi Madge

 

I had some pain in (I thought) my right breast, when checking myself. MX was on left side. I had another US, which showed that everything was normal. Then the nurse asked me to lie on my left. She placed her hands on my right side and pressed down really hard.  I nearly jumped off the bed, then burst out laughing (oddly). The nurse explaind that I was suffering from Costochondritis (inflamed and painful ribs).  If it had been on my left (mx side) I would have been really scared. 

 

The link below leads to a booklet about breast pain. On page 8, it  talks about Costochondritis

 

http://www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/sites/default/files/bcc71_breast_pain_factsheet_web_2013.pdf

 

This is an excerpt from it.

 

"Treatment for pain from elsewhere
Pain from elsewhere usually comes from the chest wall area and
can effect the area under the arm and towards the front of the
chest. It can also be associated with an underlying problem
such as:
• costochondritis – inflammation of parts of the ribs
(called costal cartilages)
• Tietze’s syndrome – inflammation and swelling in the
costal cartilages. 


Your GP or specialist may be able to tell that the costal
cartilages are painful if pressure is put on them."

 

Maybe this is the pain you are feeling in your ribs.

 

poemsgalore xx

lizalou
Member

Re: Rib pain

Hi Madge - I get the same and it's 7 years on. I panicked initially it was my liver or my bones (as you do in our situation!) but my onc said basically I will get a bit of pain there sometimes as it was major surgery so there is probably a bit of damaged tissue, weakness there etc. I try and find comfy bras, but take them off as soon as i get home!

Lucy_BCC
Member

Re: Rib pain

Hi Madge

Whilst you await replies you are welcome to call our helpliners to talk your concerns/queries over with one of our team, lines are open 9-5 weekdays and 10-2 Saturdays on 0808 800 6000

 

Take care

Lucy BCC

madgemb
Member

Rib pain

I have started getting rib pain on the side I of my mastectomy. I had a skin saving mastectomy that then allowed me to have an implant in. But I started to notice that it was getting painful for me to wear w wired bra, so I stopped wearing them . I have just had a bone scan and got the all clear. Thank god . But I was thinking maybe I am not alone with this symptom . They have not told me why I am getting this . Any ideas out there.