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I had lumpectomy& node biopsy 2 wks ago,I had lots movement after few days but was still numb,Im regaining feeling but more stiff & pain.I thought Id b back 2 more movement& hoping 2b at work.How long hav people waited b4 back2 normal? I want2 exercise!

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    anonymous
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    I was back at work the next week and exercising the next . I guess it depends on the surgeon, size of the lumpectomy , reaction to anesthesia, and pain tolerance. Good luck!
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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Well done! Thanks :-)

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      May I ask you, did you still have any pain or tightness when you started exercising again? And what exercise did you do? Im very eager to get back but have been advised to not do much (which I find odd) I don't want to push things but I also want...

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      May I ask you, did you still have any pain or tightness when you started exercising again? And what exercise did you do? Im very eager to get back but have been advised to not do much (which I find odd) I don't want to push things but I also want to be able to listen to my body and if it's telling me to move, id like to!!! Thanks very much for your input!

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      I do spinning ( indoor biking) and yes it was tight and a bit sore but I made it through and only went a couple times a week for the first couple of weeks. Walking the dog and being on my feet at work were not a problem. Yes it was sore but not...

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      I do spinning ( indoor biking) and yes it was tight and a bit sore but I made it through and only went a couple times a week for the first couple of weeks. Walking the dog and being on my feet at work were not a problem. Yes it was sore but not painful.

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    Dear A, My exercise regiment began with walking 15-20 minutes in the morning and evening. I was even able to do it most days during radiation(only 16 rads) if it wasn't too hot. DON'T do hot. It's painful. Not saying that this distance should be your measure-this is me. I practice ISHTA yoga which is also gentle but can be as challenging as you choose it to be. It allowed me to stretch and loosen the tightness in and under my arm, across my chest, and down to my wrist. I would be shocked if you don't have that little burning that can streak down the arm and around the upper back: Cut nerves and lymph system trauma.The moment there is a hint of pain I can back off. I never push it. Learning to breathe through each motion allows me to ease into a deeper stretch each day. Glad to report I have full motion and can even do weight bearing postures without pain or weakness. It sounds like you're going to get it all going again. 99% is the want to and you've definitely got that. I'll call you Sparky. Don't let that spark of enthusiasm to get back the YOU you want to be go dim. :-D Jo
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      anonymes
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      Thank you SO much Jo :-)
      You're advice is hugely appreciated!
      I am glad that you are enjoying yoga again and am looking forward to getting back to it myself! Sparky! ;-)

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    Follow your doctor's directives and if you're not sure what to do this far out from surgery, be sure to call him. I couldn't exercise until my stitches were removed. Please, be patient and gentle with yourself. A few extra weeks or months toward normal are OK. Jo
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      Thanks Jo. its always good to hear other peoples experiences. I had estimated that I would be able to return to some exercise (jogging) fairly soon after, but I've since been told that I have to wait till after radiotherapy, although i thought...

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      Thanks Jo. its always good to hear other peoples experiences. I had estimated that I would be able to return to some exercise (jogging) fairly soon after, but I've since been told that I have to wait till after radiotherapy, although i thought this was a little strange as I have read many people say they exercised during their therapy!!

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      anonymes
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      How old are you? I can't imagine jogging with the pain I've had. My last three years have been pain, pain, pain.

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      I am 37, so relatively young for a BC diagnosis I assume. You've had 3 years of pain?! Wow! Im really sorry to hear that! I hope you recover fully soon! x

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      I had three other surgeries along the way. I'm just grateful to be able to walk. By the way, I doubt that there is a Yoga class here in these woods.

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      Netflix and smartphone apps help alot. I highly recommend the book, Introduction to Yoga by Yoga Zone founder Alan Finger. His videos are like being in a class and the compassion for the person who is practicing along with the instructor is almost...

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      Netflix and smartphone apps help alot. I highly recommend the book, Introduction to Yoga by Yoga Zone founder Alan Finger. His videos are like being in a class and the compassion for the person who is practicing along with the instructor is almost like having a personal sit down with a counselor on not comparing yourself to others and not judging your body on its perceived inadequacies. Happy exercise. Jo

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    anonymes
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    I had the same thing done 10days ago, but I have had absolutely no pain. I didn't even need a Tylenol, also no numbness, just a slight pulling on the underneath of my upper arm when I extend/stretch it. I was ready for work 3 days after surgery, and was back working out about 6 days after, but just doing light cardio where I didn't have to move my arms so I didn't irritate my node incision and I did leg workouts. After 10 days ive done normal cardio and Pilates classes.
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2011
    During my breast conservation surgery in April I lost 14 nodes and that recovery was longer than the mastectomy with expander I eventually had in May. My doctor told me that losing the nodes is the most painful part of any surgery. I also wanted to get back to running, but I was smart about it and didn't start until I had no pain. I found yoga and gentle stretching helped ease the tightness in the area, and, like you, as I started to regain spotty feeling I felt more sore and tender in the area, which I tried to look at as a good thing because I could feel! Good luck!
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      Count your blessings that you can feel! I still have pain many, many months later and numb arm. I lost about 14 nodes they said. My doctor didn't tell me anything about losing nodes or how it would be afterwards. I went into that completely...

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      Count your blessings that you can feel! I still have pain many, many months later and numb arm. I lost about 14 nodes they said. My doctor didn't tell me anything about losing nodes or how it would be afterwards. I went into that completely blindfolded. You really got through the pain? How long did it take? How old are you? Why did you have to have the mastectomy?

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      anonymes
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      I did get through the pain, and all I have is a tiny bit of tightness, and I have never even needed physical therapy. I don't know why I got through it easily and some don't. I am 36 and very active. I run, strength train and do yoga regularly,...

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      I did get through the pain, and all I have is a tiny bit of tightness, and I have never even needed physical therapy. I don't know why I got through it easily and some don't. I am 36 and very active. I run, strength train and do yoga regularly, and while no one has told me it's so, I believe my level of fitness helps. I just don't ever allow (not on purpose) the arm to go unused. I also have 2 small children, so my little one needs to be picked up a lot. I know I am lucky in not having pain or lymphedema symptoms. Keep up with physical therapy, maybe get moving if you're not already and try some gentle yoga. I do Kripalu which is the gentlest form, mostly stretching.

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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2011

      Sorry, forgot one part of your question. I had to have to mastectomy because the initial breast conservation surgery in April revealed stage 0 DCIS in the margins. My doctor was as upset as I was and suggested I go ahead after all with the...

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      Sorry, forgot one part of your question. I had to have to mastectomy because the initial breast conservation surgery in April revealed stage 0 DCIS in the margins. My doctor was as upset as I was and suggested I go ahead after all with the mastectomy. Bummer, but better safe than sorry! My chemo was 100% effective, however, in eliminated the original cancer.

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      Wow! I really pleased to hear your positivity, it is very reassuring :-)
      I have also done my best to remain as positive as i can throughout this, and very similarly to you, I am 37 and regularly run, use weights and do yoga once a week. I am...

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      Wow! I really pleased to hear your positivity, it is very reassuring :-)
      I have also done my best to remain as positive as i can throughout this, and very similarly to you, I am 37 and regularly run, use weights and do yoga once a week. I am determined to (carefully) return to these asap! I will listen to my body's signals. Sometimes its a bit hard to know if i should go ahead or step back. My specialist told me I'm not allowed to run until way after radiation therapy, but Im struggling with this, as i feel that in another week or so I will be ready for some gentle, slow jogging! Thanks again for your time and support, it is most appreciated :-)

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  • beth horowitz Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Maybe it depends on how many nodes you have removed. I had a lumpectomy and sentinel node biopsy two days ago, and have done the recommended mobility exercises every day. I have nearly all of my movement back, and enough energy to walk for an hour on the treadmill. I also want to exercise more and go back to lifting weights, but was told to wait 7 to 10 days so as not to interfere with the healing process or risk lymphedema. Have you scheduled an appointment with a physical therapist to help you through the pain and discomfort? I'm seeing one on Saturday, and recommend it. I wish you the best.
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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Beth, your determination to get back to normal is very positive and exactly as I was too but may I please just ask you to be a little wary, as I thought I was doing brilliantly and had almost full movement back without much discomfort after...

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      Thanks Beth, your determination to get back to normal is very positive and exactly as I was too but may I please just ask you to be a little wary, as I thought I was doing brilliantly and had almost full movement back without much discomfort after a few days (so i did the gardening and mowed the lawn etc), then after the numbness started to wear off, the pain and some swelling began and now £ weeks after surgery I have less movement and more soreness than before as it was the numbers fooling me into thinking it was healing more quickly. Im not suggesting this will happen to you but do take extra care, as I may have extended my recovery time by doing too much too soon. Mine got much worse after carrying a heavy bag on my shoulder on a day out...oops! I have now listened to all advice and am taking it very easy. No jogging (which i am REALLY struggling with) and being more careful. I too love to do weights but that is WAY off. I've been advised not to do anything except yoga and swimming until after radiation. I haven't seen a physical therapist but would like to, do the hospital or doctor refer you for this? I would be VERY interested to hear what yours says as we seem to have had similar surgery. Please be cautious but listen to your body! I'd love to know how you get on, good luck and keep the determination! All the best Beth. Emma.

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      anonymes
      Étude du cancer du sein

      Emma, Thanks for the advice. I am not lifting anything heavy, though I did partially lift my 18 pound dog, and won't do that again. Fortunately, it is my left side, so I can carry the handbag on my right shoulder. So far, I've pretty much kept...

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      Emma, Thanks for the advice. I am not lifting anything heavy, though I did partially lift my 18 pound dog, and won't do that again. Fortunately, it is my left side, so I can carry the handbag on my right shoulder. So far, I've pretty much kept my exercise to walking and a little bit of ab work. No weights yet! The physical therapist I will see works with a sports doctor, to whom I was referred by my primary care physician last year after a yoga-related injury (hard-core bikram). I have been doing rehabilitative pilates as recommended by the sports doctor, and that is how I met the physical therapist. She is very good, and I am going to ask her to help me with mobility and to assess when it might be advisable to begin lifting light weights. You mentioned numbness. I haven't felt numbness since the first 36 hours or so after surgery. I haven't taken any prescription pain killers since the second morning after surgery, and feel very little pain or discomfort at this point. I know I should not feel too confident as it is early days. Also, what do you mean when you say "it was the numbers fooling me into thinking it was healing more quickly"? Do you mean the number of days since the surgery? I will let you know how the physical therapy goes afterwards. Thanks for the advice, Emma. I also wish you the best.

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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hey Beth! I actually meant to type the 'numbness' fooling me into thinking I was healing, so 'numbers' was a typo, ha ha!!! I also only took pain killers for 1 day after the op as I wanted to be able to listen to my body and judge the healing. I...

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      Hey Beth! I actually meant to type the 'numbness' fooling me into thinking I was healing, so 'numbers' was a typo, ha ha!!! I also only took pain killers for 1 day after the op as I wanted to be able to listen to my body and judge the healing. I didn't start to get the soreness and tightness till 9 days after op but I did carry the heavy bag this day, so I'm not really sure if that triggered it or if it would have happened that way anyway. I do still have swelling/tightness and soreness 3 weeks on but I was told this is normal. I started some gentle yoga this morning as movement/pain were improved when I woke up, i intend to keep this up daily and if all feels well the next couple of mornings I may even try a spinning class on sunday! I know its going to be a while before I can do weights again (which frustrates me hugely!) but its a case of easing back in gently and listening to my body! Ill keep you posted and I'd love to know how you get on too. Best of luck with your recovery! x

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    • beth horowitz Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      So, Emma, I did notice some numbness today actually, just to the rear of my armpit, but not major. Still have the mobility. The physical therapist said I am doing really well, and just recommended a few additional exercises. We really spent...

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      So, Emma, I did notice some numbness today actually, just to the rear of my armpit, but not major. Still have the mobility. The physical therapist said I am doing really well, and just recommended a few additional exercises. We really spent most of the time working on my knee which has also been giving me some trouble lately, and much less time on the arm mobility. However, if you find that you still need some work on mobility, I would recommend seeing a physical therapist. Perhaps your doctor or the hospital can recommend someone. Hope you start seeing some improvement.

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    • Emma Harvey Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks! After 3 days of doing the yoga in the mornings things are really beginning to loosen up and feel less painful :-) Good luck with your journey, and stay in touch! Emma

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