Debilitating Pain From Masectomy

May 24, 2012

The following is a synopsis of an email I received from a woman who has experienced ongoing, debilitating pain following a double mastectomy.

"I received a diagnosis of early stage breast cancer about a year and a half ago. I opted for aggressive surgery, double mastectomy and reconstruction, followed by chemo. The end of the long ordeal was clear lymph nodes…..and PAIN. Debilitating pain. Nobody seems to know if it was the chemo or the surgery or the combination of both, but a debilitating, neuropathic pain syndrome set in that puzzled all the doctors, attacking my upper back and shoulders. So, while I managed to continue my work at the computer and at a desk, that was all I managed to do. That is unless you count things that involved pain management. Yoga, walks, stretching and rest became my "job". The situation pretty much stole my summer last year, and in fact stole about a year of my life outside of my work. Just in December I was in Florida and still unable to even think about golf or anything physical without knowing I would provoke a weeklong bout of burning, debilitating pain. Can you do anything to help with the pain?

CHC Physical Therapy Specializes in Working With This Cause of Pain.

There is a special kind of movement that can help with the pain you describe. You do not describe this type of movement in the exercises you mention. And, just as the correct movement can help, the wrong movement can make your pain symptoms worse. Last year we completed a 100 patient clinical trial on shoulder pain focusing on the cause of the pain that you describe. The results were an 85% reduction in pain, achieved in six visits over a two week period.

The Results...Amazing Outcomes!

"I thought I was going to get a hip replacement. The orthopedic surgeon said I had arthritis. You alleviated the pain that I had! You guys are the best!"

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