This chronic pain was assessed in patients under 75 years of age and was determined by a completed questionnaire to assess the presence and intensity of the pain. Over 50% of the patients reported mild, moderate, and severe pain.
This chronic pain correlated to node dissection, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. This is an interesting result that may actually determine interventional strategies to help prevent pain for the breast cancer patient.
I, myself felt very lucky as I had minimal discomfort but more of a soreness that made me more aware of the surgical site. I have listened to many patients that have varying degrees pain for different lengths of time. I have also listened to the response that it on occasion feels like a zap of electricity running through and it is gone as fast as it comes. As always, any concerns you have or things that you are experiencing out of the ordinary, you need to report to your healthcare team to better enable to evaluate and treat if necessary. Keeping that in mind, I wish you a great day and the word of the day is gratitude. Not that you have cancer but for the good things that are in your life. Sincerely, make it a great day! S