Pain Management After a Mastectomy Video

In this video, Jane talks about how she manages her pain after her mastectomy.
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Jane: Hello! Female: Hi! Jane: What do you want to ask me first? Oh, now probably a four or five. The nurses asked that all the time in the hospital and it’s really kind of difficult because as long as your lying still and you’re not really putting any stress on the incisions sites or anything, you know, it’s pretty—it’s just more discomfort than it is pain. But when it is painful it’s a very burning searing kind of pain because they really do have to go in to some of the muscular I think. All I’m really on is the pain medication, pain pill and it just helps take the edge off it doesn’t really don’t me goofy or anything. It helps take it off and I’m able to rest maybe a little bit more. I can take a nap sort of after. I have one of those but not always I mean it just depends. I’d say it works pretty well actually. It’s sore and if you move or move the wrong way it’s very, very soar. But I’m taking Vicodin every three to four hours as a pain pill and it helps take the edge off, but mostly if I’m still when I don’t move its okay. I think you should keep your pain at bay but there’s a point where you got to want to wing yourself off the pain pills. One of the things I can do is caused you to be constipated and so, you know, you got to balance that a little bit but drinking of plenty fluids, is a very good thing. Using other methods too, just making sure that you’re not in a position that’s stressing your incisions. You know if you can be in a comfortable position then your pains are going to be manageable for the most part. So you know, don’t be afraid to take the pain pills but I’ve been trying to go a little longer between, and you know, wean down to one instead of two and that sort of thing. But then that’s me and that’s really the way I preferred to operate. You know sleep is hard, mostly because of position and trying to get comfortable. You know the most comfortable position initially is just on your back, so you don’t have any pressure on the chest wall or the muscle in here but after a while your back gets tired.

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