Yes I've got paracetamol and tramadol. But by 8/9 o'clock I don't know what to do with myself. It doesn't make sense. You'd think as the day goes on and the tablets build up it would get more comfortable.
It does get you down sometimes, we have enough to contend with at the moment without hurting as well. I have a PICC line in and my skin has just blistered this morning underneath the dressing - this has really pissed me off 😂😂😂😂. But, I keep reminding myself that this is only temporary and it will all get better and fade into memory.
I only had paracetamol after the op as the codiene upset my stomach so much, are you taking any painkillers Tracey?
i've spent the day feeling fed up because I'm still in so much pain. And my op and biopsy was on the 30th March!!!!!
Guess I need to be more patient.
I had a mx and SNB on 13th December last year and my SNB is still very painful and I still have a seroma. I have told the Onc and he just said it wasn't unusual for it still to be hurting this far along. My mx scar is a combination of numbness, tingling and tenderness, but I was told that this was normal as well. It also hurts more on my week of SE's during my chemo. (4th one next week).
They get a pretty good idea via ultra sound etc if it's in nodes, but they will take out the sentinel node ( the lymph node nearest to the tumour) during the surgery and examine it under microscope. Then they know for sure and, if any cells are spotted, will probabably take more nodes out to see if it's spread. I had some cells on sentinel node but the next nine that were taken out were all clear. Debbie x
Ask as many questions as you need to. I don't come on here very often these days but there is usually someone on here who is able to help out. I was exactly the same, only thought there was one type of breast cancer before etc etc.
So 'clear margins'. When someone has a lumpectomy the surgeon aims to ensure that they remove both the tumour and a small (1-2mm) area, a margin, around the tumour to ensure there aren't any cancer cells left. Following surgery this is examined under a microscope. If cancer cells are found in the margin, it means it isn't clear and then the person has to either have another lumpectomy or a mastectomy.
Hope this makes sense. X
There's so much to take in isn't there? No, if it is in the sentinel node it doesn't mean it is any others.
If you are worried about pain mention it to the nurses, maybe they can give you something to help.
Most hospitals use a radioactive isotope to locate the sentinel node so I expect you are going to have that. They like to check the sentinel node just to be sure.
Hi tgregory, I think you need to mention it so it can be looked at and you can be looked after. No way will they think you are a wuss!!! In the meantime, are you taking any pain killers? I was sent home with some, and told I could top up with ibroprufin and paracetamol. Certainly got me through the first week. You can't use ordinary shower gel on your wounds until they're healed a bit, but I guess you know that? Any way, get the hospital told and ask for suggestions. X
Please mention it when you have your appointment. I was told to expect some pain there by physio as they take a node out and then prod around to take samples of others. It takes awhile for it to settle down as tissue is moved a bit to get to nodes.
Also bruising gradually works it way outwards, I was yellow around there for a bit. They also drained seroma and said it wouldn't hurt when they stuck a needle in, told me it would still be numb. They were so wrong and I felt it go in and could feel the fluid draining.
I had a SLB and mastectomy on the 30th March. For the last couple of days my arm pit is so sore I can't touch it. Even my clothes touching it hurt. Trying to shower is horrendous, I am normally really good with pain but this is off the scale.
Anyone else had the same? I have my hospital tomorrow for my results and don't want to mention it because they will think I am a wuss 😟