Nerve pain in breasts

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Becky77
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   Posted 11/28/2009 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey. I don't have breast cancer, but thought maybe you all could answer a question for me. I had a breast reduction in January, and since, my breasts are very tender and have shooting pain in them that varies depending on what part of the month it is. Usually it is not both breasts, it's usually the right side. The last time I went to the surgeon, he said it was from nerves that were cut during the surgery and it would go away in time.

I figured some of you have had breast surgery (I know mine was elective, and in no way do I mean to offend anyone here or make it seem like I've been where you are) so maybe you have had similar pain. Does it go away eventually? Should I worry that it's been 11 months and I'm still having "nerve" pain? When it does hurt, to apply pressure makes it feel better, so I walk around holding my breast (my friends are used to it, so they don't even notice anymore).

Thank you if you have any suggestions or advice!
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin


mcjane
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   Posted 11/29/2009 12:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Becky, NO advice just a suggestion...check out this post...may help with your question.

"Post Mastectomy Pain Syndrome"

I do know the Intercostobrachial nerve, cutaneous branch of T1-2 when cut can cause pain. You might want to ask your surgeon if this could have happened.

You can Google it lots of information there.

Jane
The greatness of a nation is judged by the way it treats its animals.
 
Mahatma Gandhi 


Alcie
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   Posted 11/30/2009 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Becky -
Maybe a pain clinic doc could come up with a nerve block for you. Some spinal nerves run around to the front. I had an injection last week that surprised me by running to my bely button.
Alcie
 
 


Becky77
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   Posted 11/30/2009 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think it's the Intercostalbrachial nerve...it's only actually pain in the breast. I don't feel any pain coming from my back, but more from the front where the incisions were. It's not bad enough to need a nerve block. Really I'm just wondering if nerve pain goes away on it's own. If it's a minor nerve that was cut, does it grow back or fix itself?

Thanks to both of you for responding. I appreciate it!
Becky

31 yr old female-dx with Crohn's in '97 after emergency resection and appendectomy, 2nd resection '05, Bilateral pulmonary emboli 10/09
Currently on Humira, Omeprazole, Effexor, Seroquel, Calcium, Vit D, sublingual B12, Coumadin


mcjane
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Date Joined Jun 2009
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   Posted 11/30/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Becky small nerves are cut during surgery and they do regenerate at about 1 mm per day so it can take awhile.

I still feel numbness along ths scars from my reconstruction. Surgery was only a couple of months ago and I expect it will take many months for feeling to come back. On occasion I feel shooting pain and found that cupping them with your hands pressing on them VERY, VERY lightly really eases and stops the pain.
Works for me.

I didn't know it was cut nerves causing the pain. Glad you posted that....now I know. :-)

Jane
The greatness of a nation is judged by the way it treats its animals.
 
Mahatma Gandhi 

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