My name is Doug Haberstroh and this is the story of my wife Keri. Keri was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Keri was only 25 years old, and we had just begun our life together. Keri has just undergone her breast reconstruction. Her body was healing, and the cancer seemed to be gone. We noticed a new pain but did not think it was related to her breast cancer. The doctors, of course, wanted to be extra careful and ordered a few scans to be certain. Things are looking bright and we have a vacation to Disney in the works, which is the ONE thing Keri had to see before leaving Florida. Subject: Ta Da!!! Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2006 4:19 PM Hello All, It is finally here. The end of an era. I have had the last of my stitches taken out this week. I have been told that I look great and healthy. I have been instructed on my massaging that I am to do for the next year to make sure everything stays open and soft. The doctor tells me that the pocket that my im...
Alternative Names Pain - breast; Mastalgia; Mastodynia; Breast tenderness Prevention There is not really any way to prevent most breast pain, but wearing a well-fitting bra for support may help. References Valea FA, Katz VL. Breast diseases: diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant disease. In: Katz VL, Lentz GM, Lobo RA, Gershenson DM, eds. Comprehensive Gynecology . 5th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Mosby Elsevier; 2007:chap 15.
Phantom breast pain is feeling pain in the breast that has been removed. Phantom breast pain can happen after mastectomy for the same reasons phantom pains happen after limb amputations. The brain continues to send signals to nerves in the breast area that were cut during surgery, even though the breast is no longer there. You're more likely to have phantom breast pain if you had breast pain before you had a mastectomy.
Symptoms of phantom breast pain include the following sensations where the breast used to be:
pain and discomfort
pins and needles sensation
If there is intense pain associated with the phantom breast sensation, talk to your doctor about pain medication that can help.
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