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    Posted: Oct 27 2011 at 6:46pm
I was diagnosed with stage 3 tripple negative breast Cancer in March of this year. I finished my chemo in August and had a bilateral mastectomy September 23rd. I have expanders and just finished another expansion today. My pain level from the fill ups are really bad. Any advice on how to deal with the pain? 
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Have you tried valium and/or ibuprofin (advil) or tylenol?  My plastic surgeon recommended taking a valium muscle relaxer prior to each fill.  I found it helped the first time or so, then after that Advil work just fine.  The pain is uncomfortable at first so try to take something that will give you some relief.  Hope it gets better.  How many more fills will you need?

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Thank you for your reply. I took pain meds before hand but the left aches worse than the right side. I have one more expansion and then start radiation.
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I found that just moving around and doing my normal everyday activities helped to ease the discomfort of the fills - I took ibuprophen every 4-6 hours for a couple of days.  I compare it to what your muscles feel like after a really good workout where you are sore and stiff.  You usually feel better if you move and stretch rather than sitting still and stiffening up more.
 
If it is really painful, maybe your PS can ease up on your fills a little?
 
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I just had my last expansion. Because I had delayed reconstruction after radiation, the dr used the latissimus muscle from my back to create a blood supply for tbe implant. The muscle often contracts and spasms. So, I've used the  muscle relaxer Flexaril to stop the spasms. It helps before and after the expansion. I   am having the exchange on Monday, and I am so excited. I hate this expander. This has been difficult, but it will pass. Hopefully, yours will be gone soon too.
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