I had a mastectomy 8 yrs ago and still in pain!

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I had a mastectomy 8 yrs ago and still in pain!

by KymLovesLucy on Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:00 AM

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I am looking for anyone else with chronic widespread pain after a bi lateral mastectomy.  My initial surgery was 8 yrs ago and I still have entense pain.  I have always had the chest pain and accepted that.  However, the pain isn't just in my chest, but in my neck, legs and feet. I have been to several doctors who can't give my any answers, so I gave up and just tried to deal with it.  I have been on ultram for 3 yrs, and although, it takes the edge off, it doesn't help much.  Most mornings I can't walk, due to the pain in my feet.  I just recently begin to think it was related to my surgery.  I was thin all of my life, then after surgery I gained 40lbs.  I thought the pain in my feet and legs was due to the extra pounds.  Then, 2 yrs ago I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, I was told it was probably caused by the radiation treatments for breast cancer.  Last year I just had my 10th surgery.  I have an extremely high pain tolerance, but day after day and year after year, I'm tired.  I need to find someone who knows something about this, so I can get help.  I just feel like a whinner, so I don't say anything to my husband and children.  It's hard to act normal, when you wanna just lay down, be left alone and not move.  It's not fair to my family.  Light massage seems to be the only thing that helps... but only for a very short time.  Thanks for reading! Take care and my heart goes out to everyone still in the cancer fight.  Stay strong.  If anyone needs to talk, please email me.
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