Breast and rib pain 1 1/2 yrs after?
Community Member May 25, 2007
It's been about 1 1/2 yrs since my bilateral implant reconstruction. My particular cancer did not require chemo or radiation, just aromatase inhibitor treatment and regular follow-up. Due to prior implant surgery (before breast cancer), the inframammary fold incision was used to remove implants, open biopsy (before mastectomies) and later also for implants after expanders. What I always thought was just incisional pain that would go away turned out to get worse over time to where all bras are almost intolerable because they contact the sore area. The surgeons feel it is more the rib area right below these incisions. Also, recently, I have had itching and shooting (brief) pain over both breasts (implants). I have been extensively worked up for recurrence due to this and fortunately all was negative. However, this pain persists and the surgeons seem baffled! Has anyone else had a similar experience and what was the outcome? Thanks!