Post-Mastectomy Nerve Pain Overview
Though some pain is to be expected following a mastectomy, some women may experience lingering, persistent pain known as post-mastectomy pain syndrome. There are several different factors that may cause this chronic pain, and it can last for months or even years if left untreated. Board-certified surgeon Dr. Anthony Echo at Sports Hernia Texas understands the effects that post-mastectomy nerve pain can have on your quality of life, and he works to provide an accurate treatment plan to help you live more comfortably. By reviewing your symptoms, Dr. Echo will be able to properly diagnose your condition and offer you optimal results through various procedure methods. To learn more, we invite you to contact our Houston, TX practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Echo and his skilled team.
Post-Mastectomy Nerve Pain Causes
There is not always a specific cause for post-mastectomy nerve pain and why it may occur in some women and not others. In some cases, a nerve may have been damaged during the initial mastectomy or lumpectomy procedure, resulting in chronic pain in the area. Those who have had radiation therapy, chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or have received a dissection of an axillary lymph node may also be at a higher risk of post-mastectomy nerve pain. Through thorough diagnostic testing, Dr. Echo will work to identify if there are any underlying causes of your nerve pain before recommending treatment.
Post-Mastectomy Nerve Pain Symptoms
With post-mastectomy nerve pain, you may experience chronic, lingering pain within the chest, arm, shoulder, and/or armpit. The pain may be persistent or intermittent, occurring sporadically. You might also notice numbness, tingling, unrelenting itching, or a burning sensation. Some women might also be at a higher risk of developing lymphedema. This is a condition that can lead to significant swelling because lymphatic fluid is unable to drain properly.
When you notice pain that lasts for months or longer following a mastectomy, Dr. Echo recommends scheduling a consultation at our practice for a comprehensive diagnostic appointment. Through a physical examination and an evaluation of your symptoms, he will be able to accurately provide the best course of treatment for you.
Post-Mastectomy Nerve Pain Treatment Options
A variety of treatment options exist for post-mastectomy nerve pain in order to diminish pain and inflammation. After a comprehensive consultation, Dr. Echo may recommend physical therapy, relaxation exercises, acupuncture, or transcutaneous nerve stimulation. He may also suggest a topical pain reliever to decrease swelling or a local anesthetic injected into the nerve tissue. If you have been diagnosed with lymphedema, compression therapy may be provided in order to help move lymphatic fluid. Prior to offering treatment, Dr. Echo and his team will let you know what you can expect during and after your procedure to ensure you heal properly.
Diminish Chronic Pain
At Sports Hernia Texas, Dr. Anthony Echo and his team want to help you live a more comfortable life without the difficulties of post-mastectomy nerve pain. Through a thorough diagnosis and a personalized treatment plan, we can help diminish your existing symptoms. Contact our Houston, TX practice to learn more and to receive a consultation with Dr. Echo.