I had a bilateral mastectomy in October 2015. Since then I have not felt right, still trying to get me on medication that doesn’t affect me adversely. I just stopped taking exemestane but might start up again after I see my oncologist. I had one lymph node removed and have been diagnosed with lymphedema my arms constantly hurt my muscle my elbow my back and now I feel like it’s going into my left arm the same kind of pain. I had the lymph node removed from my right breast. A woman I spoke to… read more
I believe it 100% that she has seen the improvement in her patients. I would sound crazy had I not experienced it my self... but then again if you think about it.. 37 chemicals (9 neurotoxins & 4 carcinogens)- really not crazy or impossible after all! You are't burning any bridges removing them... and then you could see for your self if you improve.. that is what I did.. and I never looked back! No regrets... all my symptoms cleared.. you couldn't pay me to put those back in again. Good luck in your decision and your quest to finding the answers you need to be happy and healthy.
I too am always fatigue and in discomfort with implants. I am yet to make a decision to take them out because I do not want to do anymore surgeries and am yet to find the right doctor as well. If my PS would have been more honest of the effects of implants, I would never have done. I thank God I can share this on this site, because I cannot talk about this to anyone that has not gone through this.
I did not have any lymph nodes removed but I did have a bilateral mastectomy (due to family history). The cancer in my breast was so large that they had to take most of the breast tissue with it. I have been in agony ever since.
First they put in expanders during my surgery. Talk about painful. I was not given any information about how painful this would be. Of course the skin starts adhering to the implant so that causes all kinds of issues. On top of that, one of mine leaked so I had to fill it every week ( for a year). Then my incision got infected half way thru chemo,another surgery which delayed chemo, which delayed my return to work which in turn ended up costing me my job (ironically which was in oncology!)
When they put my implants in, the breast that has the cancer had to be reconstructed with the muscle from my back. So, I have a huge scar on my back and it hurts terribly which is funny because its numb. The back of my arms are numb and under my breasts hurt so much I still cannot wear a normal bra.the plastic surgeon says this may go away, it may not. Great. On top of it all, I have flat spots that I need to have flat filled. They say I could just wear a push up bra. Great, if I could wear a bra. But no, After all this hell, they should look great naked too!
So yes, my implants hurt too and you are not the only one. If I had known any of this before hand I would not have done any of this. The pain and suffering isn't worth it❤
Personally, I had no issues with the expanders and have had no problems with my implant. Lucky I guess!
Thank you all for your answers. Very encouraging. I am older than most of the women here (72). While I think that many of my friends think I should have just stayed with the prosthesis, I have only had encouragement from those who have been through this and also from the healthcare professionals. So I believe I am doing the right thing. The DIEP surgery would have kept this old body under anesthesia too long and I would have had to travel 250 miles or more. I think the DIEP flap is the way to go especially for younger women. The implants may have to be replaced in 10 years. I would be 82 if I live. Who knows what I will decide by then.
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