@mjay — Hi! I am Dee and I had a lumpectomy in the right breast, with immediate reconstruction in both breasts. My surgery was on 19 Nov 2019. On 21 Nov I had to go back for emergency surgery due to a hematoma in the left breast. I cannot describe the pain I suffered — Unimaginable! And had NO idea it would be this way! In Feb 2020, I started 24 radiation treatments in the right breast. It went pretty well; I was lucky and had minor "burns" on the skin and "Follicolitis" only after the last 4 (strong) sessions. It is nearly all gone.
My healing has been very slow even in the left breast, which didn't get the radiations. I do feel the pain/burning and also "hear" the noise of "internal tears" when I move or stretch. I "massage" the scar areas to cause the internal scar tissue to gently break up and slowly heal. I learned to do so 2-years ago when I broke my wrist and had surgery to repair the bones and tendons. The Physical Therapist told me to do that. I did and my right wrist and hand are perfect! However, the breasts are a different matter. Clearly, they are more tender; also, this whole thing came as a total surprise, as I imagine it did to all the other ladies/men on this site.
It will end — Some of us just need a little more time, which, when combine with the great support and information we receive from other members of this group, will make you feel so much better! Thanks to all, you all are great!!