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8 months+ Post surgery pain


Re: 8 months+ Post surgery pain

Hi SuzG12

Thank you for your message and question.

It sounds like a difficult time for you, especially as you are finding hugs with your family difficult. Immediately after surgery for breast cancer and in the weeks that follow, it’s common to feel some pain and discomfort. Different sensations such as a burning feeling and numbness in the scar area and under the arm can also be experienced.

As healing takes place, these effects usually subside and for most people this happens within a few months. You finished your radiotherapy in February so it’s about six months after your last local treatment. Some women find that continuing doing the exercises after breast cancer surgery can help to improve the pain by stretching tight scars. However, for some, the pain can persist, and we know this can affect quality of life.

Ongoing (chronic) or persistent pain may be caused by damage to the nerves, particularly those in the axilla (underarm). There are different ways of controlling this pain.  It is important, if you haven’t already done so, to discuss this with your treatment team or your GP.

Some people benefit from specialist advice so your doctor may refer you to an NHS pain clinic. And some hospitals run pain management programmes.

Do call our Helpline if you would like to talk this through or have any further questions. Your call will be confidential, and the number is free from UK landlines and all mobile networks.

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Best wishes


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8 months+ Post surgery pain

Hello, I had a lumpectomy/lymph node biopsy Nov 30 last year, and a second surgery  3 weeks later. Radiotherapy was done for 2 wks in Feb this year. My question is about tenderness in my armpit and the armpit side of the breast that had the lumpectomy. Essentially it seems to be getting worse, attempts at hugs and snuggles from family are sometimes extremely painful when this area is pressed on. Is this normal? I keep thinking it will get better, but as I said, it seems to be worsening.