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Discomfort after mastectomy


Re: Discomfort after mastectomy



Thanks for posting.


As you recover from surgery, pain and discomfort will usually get better and for most people this happens within a few months.  However, for some it can be longer, and this can be frustrating, which sounds like may be the case for you.


You mention that you have had physio for cording in your arm.  Although it may not feel like it is in the same area, some people develop cording more than once.  Ongoing (chronic) or persistent pain can also be caused by damage to the nerves, particularly those in the axilla (underarm). There are different ways of controlling this pain. 


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Discomfort after mastectomy

I had a single mastectomy and all lymph nodes removed last October. Luckily No chemo, just 15 sessions of radiotherapy.  I remained positive (as was my surgeon) and quickly regained movement.  However, I then got 'cording' in my arm which a physio helped with but now the problem is in my shoulder but more so under my arm has gone back to feeling like after the op.  Like there is a golf ball under my arm.  There isn't any swelling and I can stretch up but it is painful. This is the first time I have experienced pain during the whole process, previously just discomfort.  Is this a common problem?  Hormone therapy causing pains in my joints, particularly my ankles, knees and toes! I have been told I'm impatient in my recovery!!!! Now I'm being told I'm vulnerable (in coronavirus terms). I know aches and pains are a small price to pay for seeing cancer off, I really just want reassurance that this is 'normal' please.