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all of a sudden i am in a lot of pain...have been taking my left over pain meds from surgery when they started doing the boosts my rads tech noticed an area near my lumpectomy incision that looked swollen and told me to mention it to the rad onc when i saw her after treatment on mon which i did...since then it has been causing me alot of pain and i think it has increased in size...the other rad tech said it looked like a seroma (which i looked up and is pocket of fluid in the area that may need to be drained...my rad onc called the surgeon and the surgeon squeezed me in tomorrow so they can do an ultra sound and then drain it if necessary ...it is starting to get really achy now and it is very uncomfortable whenever i move...and i thought i was gonna get away pain free!!! oh well i will go to my rads tomorrow first thing then into NYC to see the surgeon i plan on taking the drive myself and was wondering if this had happened to anyone else  i need to know if i will be ok to drive...if anybody can help i would appreciate it

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Susan, I didn't have the fluid buildup, but did have pain and had to get a script for tylenol 3, as I don't like the vicidin if I don't have to have it.  Keep taking your pain killers around the clock.  In addition, the rad nurses had me taking ibuprofen 400 mgs. twice daily (I didn't do this with the tylenol 3) as a preventative to the swelling and pain that can occur along the way.  Sorry you finally hit some bumps in the road of rads.  Only a few to go, though, so that is good!  If you can find a bright spot right now.  Hang in there!!  Hugs,  Lee


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lee---the problem isnt burning i still really dont have any painful burns except that after the scab peeled off its a little raw under my boob...the problem is pain and pressure under my arm from the fluid collection...it is swelling and getting in the way ...oh welll will see what the doc says tomorrow ...my dh is gonna leave work early and meet me at the doctors office so i wont have to worry about driving home alone thats what i was worried about like i said i too got one of the good ones...oh and i cant take ibuprofen i have to be careful about what i take because i am on coumadin


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Sorry to have gone on an on about what I did for the burn pain!    I hope that they resolve it for you at the dr. today.  That sounds very uncomfortable!  I have a little bit of uncomfortable pain under my arm, but I know it is just the nerves and I keep the cream a'going to help settle that down.  Nothing really bad and I am not even taking anything for it. 

Sending you good vibes today and glad your dh can take you home.  Seeya!  Lee

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Susan,
 
I know your pain.  I had a Hematoma in the (partial mastectomy, thought it was going to be a lumpectomy)
surgical site.  Although the Surgeon commented it was "rare", I later found out they are common.  Often they don't appear until the patient receives Chemotherapy or Radiation. 
Hematoma: my dogs got them frequently in their ears, from flapping and shaking their heads.  A blood vessel breaks, and the cure is to have them drained or let the body reabsorb the blood or fluid.  I also had a large SEROMA under my armpit, from the Sentinel Node Biopsy.  The Surgeon attempted to drain them; the Hematoma and Seroma appear a week after surgery.  He said he did NOT want to drain them because the Hematoma would like cause a deforming result.  He couldn't drain them because the blood had become clotty. 
 
After I began Chemotherapy, the Oncologists refused to begin treatments until he treated the Seroma and Hematoma with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory and pain medication.  Within five days, the Seroma (lymphatic fluid) was gone, and the hematoma reduced in size, dramatically.  I experienced pain during Radiation, about half the way through 33 treatments.  I wanted to mention the Hematoma, and others will chime in, as many women have had to deal with this painful condition affecting the breast after treatment is finished. 
 
My Hematoma and Seroma were the worst my surgeon had ever seen in his 30 years of surgery.  He never gives pain meds, but he gave me enough Co-Tylenol to use as often, for as long as needed.  I don't know why he didn't recognize the infection; but who knows where the wind blows when it comes to Surgeons, Oncologists and Radiology Oncologists?  None were ever on the same page; and always so defensive. 
 
A leading Oncologist I saw for a second opinion informed me that it's more unlikely "not" to have a Seroma or a Hematoma from breast surgery.  I laugh at the Pet Scans, Mammograms, etc., and the Pathologists and Radiologists who keep calling one or the other by the wrong name..
 
When I first heard it was a Seroma, I thought the Surgeon said Sarcoma!  Talk about a panic attack...
 
I hope you feel better.  Ibuprofen helps, but the Co-Tylenol#3, even though I don't like any pain meds, really helped the pain when taken as needed (small doses through-out the day).
 
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thanks for the info indi---got back from the doc a little while ago she just stuck a needle right under my arm and draine 30cc of fluid out..it feels a little better already but is still sore from the rads ....but inly 2 more to go then i am so done!!!!


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Susan I have had seromas. My bs used to have to drain them every few days.
i am so glad you got relief!
I always thought of the song My Sharona when I was getting drained - except I changed it to My Seroma.


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MY SHARONA!!!! (MY SEROMA, HEMATOMA!!!)


(NEEDS EMBEDDED, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO IT, SORRY, BE MY HELPER, IF YOU KNOW HOW, PLEASE?!)

(EDITED FOR INDI!)



Gina,
 
 Thanks for reminding us about this great song by THE KNACK...I can't believe I was not the only Breast Cancer Patient singing it, out loud, in front of doctors, technicians, nurses, and in my car while driving!  I love this song, especially the opening, unmistakable drumbeat!  Patients dx with any cancer should sing it at the top of their lungs!!! Guaranteed to make anybody feel a little better, any way; after the pain solutions being so frustrating, my solution to everything is to:
 
LAUGH AT THE BEAST AND DON'T LET IT BRING YOU DOWN!
 
I love it when you post this thought process.  I forget how to fight the battle sometimes.  You are sunshine, dear G!
 
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Indi

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Ha ha Indi!!!
Two peas in a pod!
I embedded it for ya!



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Thanks Gina!!!

You are so kind!!! 

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