Very glad to hear it all went well and that you are healing well. Don't rush yourself back to work if you are not ready. Hope you can arrange a staged return if that suits you and that you have an empathetic employer.
I have been left with a very small seroma since surgery. It isn't painful or obtrusive but I wish it would go away as it is another thing to keep an eye on. Last year when I was checked for recurrence, they said it could be drained....and like you I was told it would more likely return and there would be increased risk of infection. I have a check up appointment next week so will get it looked at again for reassurance sake. Knowing my luck it will be a permanent fixture.
I just caught up with some of your back story, starting from some years ago. I am so sorry to hear about your mum. I do not envy you weighing up the risks and going through a prophylactic double. I am assuming that you felt you were sitting on a ticking time bomb or two. One hell of a decision to make. I take it that in the end the procedure was performed under the NHS and the genetics/occurrences within the family were recognised as significant risk factors. .
Benign changes.... Sounds good to me. Best wishes with your recovery. As to the plural of prosthesis, I am assuming it is prostheses if it follows the same rule as thesis and theses. Perhaps not...
Chick 🐥 x
Hi Chick, 🐤
Thanks. Yes, it went okay. They were really pleased with how quickly I'm healing, and decided in the end not to drain it, as it is going slowly but surely, and said that apart from the infection risk that it's more likely to come back if they drain it rather than leave it to go of its own accord, which I guess makes sense. I just needed some reassurance really because although I've had plenty of surgery in the past, including breast surgery, I've never had a seroma before. I can be a little impatient as well, and I'm keen to get back to work, but with the pain/discomfort as it is at the moment I don't feel quite ready to go back yet. They'll have to manage without me just a little bit longer! 😃
I remembered to ask what exactly "benign changes" meant - when I went for my post-op follow-up my surgeon said the histology results had come back fine, just showing benign changes (my mastectomies were prophylactic, as I have a gene mutation of the PALB2 gene), and being a researcher by trade I always have to know the details of things, so I was curious to know exactly what these changes were. I forgot though to ask about the drinks thing! I'll have to make a list of any questions I have for when I go back in a few weeks for the prosthesis fitting (never have worked out what the plural of prosthesis is!)
Hope your appointment went well/goes well and you are left feeling more reassured and comfortable. Sometimes they don't like to drain a seroma as it can increase infection risk etc. You did the right thing ringing and arranging appointment to get it checked. Wishing you all the best,
Chick 🐣 x
Thanks Chick 🐤, I'm glad I'm not alone in being weird!
I'm actually seeing my breast care nurse tomorrow (didn't think of asking them) as I have a seroma, and although it's gradually going down, it's really pulling at my scars at the moment. I finally gave in today and phoned the breast care unit this afternoon (silly, I know, but I always feel as though I'm wasting their time if I ring with queries or ask them to check something for me, even though I know that's what they're there for!). I'm hoping that they'll agree to drain it.
Thanks again for confirming I'm not on my own in being weird!
I saw your post yesterday but could not reply due to Forum techno issues. Well if you are weird then I am just as weird. And what is wrong with being a bit weird.? So glad to see your Post as I use to think I was on my own with this. You describe it very well, especially regarding cold drinks. I noticed this too when I had single mastectomy. I do not feel it as much now after after over two years since surgery.
I mentioned it to a medic once and they looked at me in the same way as when I asked why I was armpit odour free on both sides after chemo. It was an irritated look I have come to interpret as " do not ask us questions we do not have the answers to!! ". However, to the best of my knowledge, it is from surgical nerve irritation and/or damage. I came across an old thread on breast cancer. org and there were quite a few women who were thinking they were the only one who had the weird feeling. They were very pleased to find there were others having a similar experience. I am seeing a surgeon soon and will ask again about it.
Regards to you Bliss,
Chick 🐣 x
I wasn't sure what title to give this post, because it's such a weird sensation and I've no idea what it's called or what causes it. I had bilateral mastectomies 3 weeks ago, and since the surgery I've noticed that whenever I have something to drink, whether hot or cold, but it's particularly noticeable with cold drinks, that I actually feel the liquid as I swallow it and then going down, and I can feel it, either the cold or the hot, progressing downwards 'behind' my chest in the oesophagus. It's not something I can say that I noticed before the surgery.
Thinking back I remember my mum commenting on the feeling after she had a mastectomy 20 years ago. Has anyone else experienced this sensation, or has anyone any idea of why this should happen? (Or am I just weird?! )