Thanks for your reply High2k.
I was having regular massages before Covid, from my daughter who is a beauty therapist so I'm hoping to start these again soon. It seems as though everyone who has this type of reconstruction has some sort of discomfort. I would just like to know if I'm going to have it for the rest of my life!
I will definitely check out the yoga teacher you suggested - thank you.
I had this is 2017. I did my physio religiously after the op and continue to do lots of yoga and general stretching. I've not had the sort of trouble you describe, but I am not strong like I used to be. I find pulling difficult - eg. Pulling when gardening. I also get a crampy feeling sometimes, as if the area where the muscle used to be is locking. It's a weird and intense feeling and hard to describe.
Before lock down I was having deep tissue massage every 2 months or so, and that too has made a massive difference. Knots form around the scar tissue and these have been successfully broken down by the massages. So I would highly recommend this once you can have massages again.
Unfortunately the absence of that bit of muscle in the back can lead to other problems with other areas of the back and shoulder compensating. But I firmly believe that the combo of regular remedial massage (not the relaxing kind you get from salons, but from a therapist who understands anatomy) and stretching/yoga with an emphasis on rebuilding strength, will help hugely.
None of the above is a quick fix, but things to build into your life. My fear is that without doing these things, by body would suffer longer term negative effects from the loss of that LD muscle.
I've switched to a fantastic yoga teacher on YouTube. Her classes are free, for every level, and of varying length.
Good luck and keep strong 💪❤️
Thanks for your reply Tili, although it doesn't really fill me with much hope for the future 😥 I only really get back ache if I've been doing something strenuous for a while, like ironing or walking a long way, it's more the tight feeling that I dont like. Do you have this feeling? Also, is your discomfort just as bad after 5 years or has it improved at all?
So sorry you are feeling uncomfortable, I have a lot of sympathy for you, unfortunately I’m 5 years down the line and still very uncomfortable with back pain most days, I had my surgery in my local hospital, however, after lots of problems......transferred to Guys one of the nurses was telling me they don’t do this LD flap due to back pain ??......so sorry I don’t have better news for you.
Wishing you well, and keep moving and stretching. Big hugs from me
Sorry this is not a more positive reply, x
I would love to hear from anyone who has had an LD Flap reconstruction to find out how they feel.
I had a mastectomy and immediate LD Flap reconstruction two and a half years ago and I still feel discomfort every day, some days more than others, and I don't know if this is normal. It's a horrible tight feeling all the way down my side where the muscle has been stretched from. I can't fault how my reconstructed boob looks, it looks just like my other one, but I hate the way it makes me feel. I didn't think I would still feel like this after two and a half years.
Anyone out there who has had this type of reconstruction - please let me know your experiences.