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Extreme Pain 3 Years After Breast Augmentation...

Hi! 3 years ago I had a breast augmentation (went...

Hi! 3 years ago I had a breast augmentation (went from a 32A to 32C- 300cc, under the muscle via the arm pit) and 3 months after that my left breast "bottomed out" and I had to wait a year to have reconstructive surgery. Exactly one year later I had it reconstructed and everything was perfect after!(same size, 300cc but via the nipple this time).

Recently, 2 years later, I have been having extreme pain in what feels like the muscle under my left breast where they made the incision... when I lift my left arm to wash my hair or when lay down for a while then get up it feels like a stinging/burning, sharp pain!!

I have been to my plastic surgeon TWICE and all she has to offer is to take them out... She gave me a numbing shot where it hurt but that barely lasted an hour...I then went to a breast cancer specialist to get an ultrasound afraid of it possibly being breast cancer but she didnt detect anything and she refered me to a pain management doctor who said he couldn't help me because it wasn't as if I was injured in a car accident and needed to be on pain pills the rest of my life...I am thinking it may be nerve damage?? Is that possible??

I have no where else to turn! I have been to many doctors and no one has the slightest clue how to help me...The pain is awful BUT I do not want to take them out :( Please help!

Recently, 2 years later, I have been having extreme pain in what feels like the muscle under my left breast where they made the incision... when I lift my left arm to wash my hair or when lay down for a while then get up it feels like a stinging/burning, sharp pain!! I am thinking it may be nerve damage?? Is that possible??
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I herd castro oil works , sasturate a flannel with it and wrap plastic around then put a heating pad over it for 30 to 40 min I'm try
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Don't do it. I had fairly nice breasts and thought i wanted them lifted and a little bigger. It is the worst decision of my life. . Mine burn and ache all the time,it started about 2 months ago and my surgery was about 2 years ago.. they feel phony even. Just be happy with what you have...

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I tried local steroid injection and NSAID patches; both offered no relief. I opted out of an intercostal block due to the possibility of collapsing a lung during the procedure. I also worked with PT for months to try and massage/release the nerve, but that made pain much, much worse. I eventually swapped implants for smaller ones (500 -> 330) and have finally found some relief. Pain is not completely gone, but it is now tolerable.
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Ive nerve damage from my augmentation , 8 years of pain!!!!cant pick up my little boy! I take tramadol everyday wish I'd never had it done

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You may have pain related to irritation of your nerves. Neuropathic pain or nerve related pain maybe caused by irritation or scar tissue or maybe a pressure related phenomenon. Rest assure, there are several treatments for pain due to breast implants. If you do have pain, begin massage to the area of pain to help desensitize the area. If at least 6 months and preferably 12 months have passed after your breast implant surgery, some modalities that may help resolve your pain are:
1. Local Steroid injection to area of pinpoint pain

2. Flector transdermal NSAID patch
3. Intercostal nerve block

You should consult with your plastic surgeon to determine what is most appropriate for you and your particular signs and symptoms. Good Luck, Ankit Desai, MD - Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Hi Mary it's gingermeggs I too have suffered the nerve pain , mine was a result of my first breast surgery in 2006 in which I suffered I burst blood vessel an hour after surgery in hospital , as a result I suffered nerve damage for the next 5 n half years it was the burning , deep pain from within the lefthand side breast it would come n go , I could go months without any pain and then I might rub or knock my breast and the pain would come come back with a vegenance lasting from days to weeks sometimes months , it was so bad that I would always nurse my left side and keep it from being touched, I couldn't even let my son rest on me as that would be enough to aggravate it. I saw my surgeon every year he would examine me and tell me that the implants were fine we did try the nurfeoun thing , and even antidepressant thearpy , acupuncture, massage ,anything to no avail he said maybe time would repair it . Well it never did in the end towards the last 12 months I started to feel ill somedays, tired all the time and a feeling really awful, I just put it down to the antidepressants I was on well finally this year in January I went back for my yearly check up and told my surgeon the same old story the pain was still there etc , well he surprised me and said they have to come out my implants were 280cc cohesive gel teardrop textured implants , he told me that because my implants were textured they were working like Velcro and if they were replaced with smooth round implants I would have the best chance of being pain free, I was booked in 6 weeks later . When I awoke after surgery he told me that the surgery had taken longer than usual, and that to his surprise the lefthand side best was ruptured from one end to the other completely split open , yet still inside the pocket . I had no prior symptoms except for feeling ill and the pain , my breast looked completely normal. And even after being examined there were no obvious signs of rupture . As a result of this I now have 300cc smooth gel round implants in . After the surgery I had no pain in the breast and thought I was pain free for the first time in 5years . On the third month after surgery I was accidentally elbowed in the lefthand breast and yes all the pain came back and has been present ever since it comes and goes exactly like before, I am again on Cymbalta 90mg , and valiumn , to help with the pain and the depression I have suffered as a result of all this . I would still do the surgery if I had the chance again as I do like the result of having fuller breast , my point is get the MRI I wish I had insisted on it as my rupture may have been picked up earlier and I may not have been so ill for that year prior . Although the pain is still here I do not have the sick feeling . One thing that did happen was 1 month after surgery I develop a few lumps under my armpit my surgeon sent me straight back to hospital for a ultrasound on the lefthand side breast , upon going there the dr insisted on ultra sounding the righthand breast as well even though my surgeon had only requested the lefthand side breast be done . Cut a long story short they found small amounts of silicone around both edges of each breast which apparently can happen . The lumps on the lefthand side were only lymph glands which were up which were fine . It was interesting that the surgeon would only request the lefthand side to be ultra sounded , yet the dr at hospital insisted on doing both if I had not had both sides done I would not know that I have silicone bits in the right side which came as a shock as I now know that there is silicone floating around the edge of both breasts , I only know this from having the ultra sound the doctors really don't tell you the full story I was not aware that this could happen until it happened . I now wonder every time I feel tired or get sick could this floating silicone be causing it , this has really made me question the doctors , I believe that it's really up to the patient to investigate all avenues as you will not be told unless something happens . I urge you to get the MRI regardless of what the dr says I listened to my dr and look what happened he couldn't even tell my implant was ruptured and no ultra sound or mammogram showed it . This implant has apparently gone back to the manufacture and he's told me not to hold my breath to get an answer it could take up to six months .if you had seen my implant it was like a piece of fruit sliced opened from one edge to the other silicone open it was extremely disturbing knowing this was open inside me for god only knows how long . Get yr MRI all the best love xo j
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I got my Cohesive Gel Implants in 2004 a part of the inamed study. 18 months ago, after my granddaughter was born, I too started getting the breast on fire pain. Only at night and lasting only for probably seconds, but feels like minutes in the middle of the night. I have called my Dr. and have been assured it is nerve regeneration and will go away, probably started from using it in a different way picking up and holding the new baby. It did indeed go away...but has now come back with a vengeance and has not gone away. They suggested Ibuprofen nightly for a week, which didn't work. I have requested an MRI. I have had a mammogram and a manual check with my GYN and everything "seems" fine. I have tried to contact my Dr. one more time to attempt to get more information, I have heard that they will only get defensive and say "take them out" instead of working with me to get an answer. However, I will give the another chance before I get another opinion from another Surgeon...which is about as dependable as getting a second opinion from a plumber, the original guy is always wrong. I do hope you all and any others will continue to share their experiences. I learned from each of you more than any other site and it is so important to keep each other informed.
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It has now been 6 months since my surgery and although at first I thought the pain was gone after three months the nerve pain has come back and I still have the same sypmtons as before I cannot sleep on my lefthandside and there is deep pain in the breast it's also does not have as much free movement as my righthand side breast, I'm am on an antidepressant and valium at night to get sleep my next option is going to try an anti convulsant drug . It has been to great dissapoinment that the recent surgery has not helped the pain, however I do believe once you have had nerve damage it is likely to be with you forever regardless if you have the implants in or they are removed once the damage is done it seems to be permenant, or at least I have found this pain has been present since 2006 and even after replacement of old implants it's still presen
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Hi I'm Ginger in 2005 after having two children I decided to get implants put in as I had started body sculpting and had lost all breast I was 29 years of age . I went though I very well known and respected plastic and reconstructive surgeon he put in teardrop textured 280 cc mentor implants he suggested this as I had sagging breast with little upper pole. After surgery while I was in recovery about 1 n half hours in I was in extreme pain the nurse checked on me and the left breast was bleeding and was twice the size of the right the dr came in and told me I had a burst heamatoma and was rushed backed into emergency surgery. I had only 10 min or so to take this all in before I was under again . When I came to the dr advised me that the surgery went well and that I would be in a lot more pain but would recover . Well for the first three weeks I thought I was never going to be pain free I had a drain in the lefthand side for 10 days was not able to go to the toilet by myself for 5 days any way I did eventually recover but was left with nerve damage to the lefthand breast for the next 5 years we tired everything from natural vitamins and products to anti depressant drug therapy my surgeon saw me every year for a check up and every year was the same until 2011 when he finally said enough and that he would remove my implants and replace them with smooth round 300cc implants he believed that the teardrop textured implant was working like Velcro and pulling on the nerves so I went under the knife again in march 2011 surgery was successful except that when he went in the lefthand side implant had ruptured from one side to the other he asked me in recovery whether I had had any trauma to that side , an accident or whether I had dropped a weight on it I replied no to all of these . Any ways he had Berber seen this particular implant rupture in this way it is currently being sent to the US for inspection . Despite this experience I still would do it all again I am in my second week of recovery and the pain is no were near as bad as the first time my surgeon did all this for me free of charge and currently they look wonderful . I believe the textured implant did not help my situation and would be interested to hear of any others that have had this experience . Thanx g
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I had surgery in 2oo6, under the muscle, I am in the worst pain from them!!! MY hands, shoulders, joints. I wish I never did it! It's so depressing. I hope when I get them out this pain will go away. Do you want to hear something that makes sence? Everyone says to get saline.. great, well what do you think the saline is going into? Silicone!!! What happens when you leave something in water for years? Yeah!! the silicone shell breaks down... Then you get really.. really sick thank you for reading this and don"t do it!!!
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I also had my implants redone in 2006 and just the past 2 years my body has been goin down hill and im getting weaker and bones are aching and they told me i also had fibromialja . can you please let me know how you feel when you get yours out im veru curious , I feel like im literally dying little by little and they have done all test and nothing so the only other thing there is is my implants..
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I was told it was the "FAmous BS of FIBROMYALGIA " I am getting them out!!! DON"T DO IT !!!

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I am seven years post-op and have the same sort of pain. It's gotten worse, especially at night, with sharp, burning, unbearable pain. I've seen many, many doctors about this and nobody can guarantee removal of implants will alleviate the pain. So, you should be aware that the damage may already be done, i.e. scar tissue around a nerve, that will not get better with implant removal.
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Hi there try taking vitamin b12 it helps promote the healing of damaged nerve cells....i dont know if this will work but it is a suggestion to your problem, I would also look up what can help heal nerve damage after breast augmentation, i know you dont want to take your implants out, thats like exchanging your womanhood, and ending up with old saggy breasts.... they will also charge you alot of money to take the implnats out, thats what they want...remember that doctors dont know your body as well as you do, do alot of research, there are vitamins that you can take to help this, and other resolutions, doctors are not god, pray about it as well god is the ultimate doctor.....hope all goes well, let me know what happens....take care...
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