What causes pain around axillary area after a breast mastectomy?
No worries, pain control, see family Dr
Hi and thanks for the query,
I understand this could really be very disturbing. The good news is you can at least tolerate it as you wait to see your oncologist.
There are two key points in my opinion I would love to bring out. It is important to note if you have had lately any skin eruptions or change in color around the area where the pain occurs. If not, it unlikely that this should be post herpetic neuralgia. In post herpetic neuralgia generally, this is usually a permanent pain, not actually affected by a change in position. It is true that a past history of cancer could be a favoring ground to develop shingles or neuralgia of this origin, but in your case, in my opinion, this is very unlikely.
Secondly, the fact that the pain changes with a change in position could imply it is mechanical/contact in nature. A local inflammation around this area has to be properly checked. Doing a simple and proper clinical review , a chest X ray and follow up blood tests should be good starting points.
I really do not think you need to be too weary as you wait to see your oncologist. You can see your family physician first of course. It is reassuring in you experience you serious signs and symptoms like breathlessness, intense fatigue nor a permanent intense pain.
Taking simple analgesics like Acetaminophen , combined with low dose Anti inflmammatory drugs like Ibuprofen (if you have no history of gastritis or peptic ulcer disease) could be temporal measures as you wait to see your doctor.
Thanks and kind regards as I wish you the best f health. Should you have any further questions please, I would be glad to contribute.
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