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Post-Mastectomy Pain: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

What is Post-Mastectomy?

Post mastectomy pain is chronic pain resulting after breast cancer surgery.  Any pain that occurs past the healing period is considered chronic pain.  There should be some pain resulting after a major surgery, but chronic pain can occur.  Studies have shown that 50 percent of women had pain 2 to 3 years after breast cancer surgery.  Post mastectomy surgery may result in nerve damage causing for pain and sensitivity around the chest.  This could cause for allodynia, which is when a non painful stimuli causes pain.  Post mastectomy surgery could cause for swelling of breast, tenderness and hardness, or infection.   

Conditions that Cause Post-Mastectomy Pain 

  1. Any type of breast surgeries such as mastectomy, lumpectomy, and axillary lymph node dissection
  2. Abnormal nerve growths, also known as neuromas, in the area of the surgery

Post-Mastectomy Pain Symptoms

  1. Sensations such as burning, shooting, or stabbing
  2. Aching or throbbing pain
  3. Phantom breast pain

Post-Mastectomy Pain Treatment

ASTR treats post-mastectomy pain in a gentle, effective, and natural way by addressing muscle imbalances, scar tissue, trigger points,  fascia restrictions, inflammation, posture, body mechanics which are often the source of the pain. ASTR takes a holistic approach to address the root causes of pain, not just the symptoms. ASTR treatment can be done at home for post-mastectomy pain.

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