Hey Windchime, I had a bilateral mastectomy with immediate implant reconstruction 3 weeks ago and I'm healing quite well I think. Yes, the recovery is slow but I'm able to do more things each and every day. For example I can now sleep on my side which was impossible a week ago. I still get really tired after even a little bit of exertion but this will get better I hope. Cosmetically, I'm really pleased with my results. I had skin sparing and nipple sparing so my reconstruction looks as natural as they can with implants in. I won't lie, there is some discomfort in the armpit and where the drains were but overall its discomfort and not pain. I stopped taking pain medication about 3 days after the surgery when my drains were removed. I would say that the things I found most helpful after the surgery were: drain bags (I used draindollies), heart shapped pillows (for the tenderness under your arms), wet wipes, button up PJ's and straws. Take your pain medication regularly and don't wait until you need it, its better to keep it topped up than to chase the pain.
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