What causes stabbing sensation in the arms post a breast reconstruction surgery?
In 2010 i had bilateral reconstructions using the lat dorsi muscles. Surgery was successful but i did suffer "cording" for a while. Every so often i would wake in the night with a stabbing feeling under my left arm. It might even be on the site of lymph gland sampling.
Yesterday morning i awoke with this same stabbing feeling under my arm, except that the pain was cascading to my elbow and above my left shoulder blade. It really does feel like a trapped nerve. However, i am wondering if at this stage (7 years on from surgery) i should still feel this kind of jabbing pain? Do nerves take this long to heal?
Such a pain is frequently encountered by people undergoing such surgeries
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.
I have gone through your query carefully and understand your concerns.
What you are feeling is known as 'phantom pain'. The nerves supply various parts of the body. It is like a bunch of wires that were connected to various switches. Once the body parts (the devices which the wires connected) are removed, the nerves (wires) still remain active.
If somehow they get stimulated, they carry the same signal to the brain that they would have otherwise carried. This leads to a sense of pain when the actual organ is no longer there but the nerves are still active.
It may be years before the brain gets notified that it needs to inactivate the electrical connection to those nerves.
Let me know if I could help further.
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