tired after lumpectomy...how long

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prof
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   Posted 4/28/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I just had a lumpectomy this past Wed.  i also had to have 5 nodes removed which were under my arm. good news.. all negative!!!  I seem to be tired alot and want to know how long the fatgue may last.  I also have crohns disease which I am sure is NOT helping.  My arm hurts when I move it to the right and left since the one incision is under my arm. I have another one on the side of the breast.
 
I will begin radiation ( 7 weeks) in June... will that also increase the fatigue?
 
just so new to this!
Prof


Tavish
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   Posted 4/28/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Prof...Hooray for negative nodes!
The only answer we can give you truthfully is that it varies from person to person. When I did chemo in 2000, there were 6 of us here on the same week, and we had 6 different experiences.... if you have any questions, check with your doctor. Remember there is probably a bit of an emotional drain going on too, so give yourself some time. Radiation will most likely add to the fatigue. I went to bed a little earlier, but others reported that taking a nap got them through the day. It should be pretty tolerable though, hopefully it will be easy for you.

Lori


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   Posted 4/30/2008 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I had one in Sept. of '03 and I'm still tired, so you never know!!!!!
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
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prof
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   Posted 4/30/2008 7:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I kept thinking that becauase this was an outpatient procedure ti was going to be easy. They did have to take 5 nodes from under my arm and that is still killing me!
How long til my arm is ok?
Prof


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   Posted 5/2/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Lori is right, everyone reacts differently. But, your system has received a blow both physically and psychologically. It needs time to find balance again. Listen to your body. If you are tired, rest. I think you will find radiation another fatiguing experience. I know I did. It sort of sneaks up on you gradually. Rest, nap and go to bed early as much as you can.  I found take out and deli food were my best buddies during radiation. I just had no engery to cook supper every night, and DH's idea of cooking is warming things in the microwave. Just plan to take it really easy during radiation. Good luck and be sure to let everyone know how you are doing. Hugs, Lauri (dxed 04/11/1996)

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