<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by anod:
I would like to know if anyone has experienced continuous pain in either side of their abdomen after having Tram Flap surgery. I had both breasts reconstructed in April 1999 and still experience pain in my right side daily. I am now going to a Pain Management dr who doesn't have a clue as to what is happening. Can anyone help?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I am sorry to hear that you are having continued pain so long after your TRAM.
Let me suggest that you talk to you doctor(s) about trying massage therapy. More doctors are recommendating this type of therpy for a variety of conditions.
Some of my background. I am a massage therapist and got into it later in life (at 54) at my wife's suggestion (she is an RN). I am certified in Breast Cancer and Mastectomy Massage and other Breast Surgeries through the Susan G Komen Foundation.
I have several doctors as clients and many referrals from them, and other doctors, for wormen who have breast cancer surgery.
I have been fortunite to have had the privledge to be in several operating rooms watching different types of surgeries. This has given me a better understanding of what goes on during surgery and what the affects are afterwards.
After an operation, of any kind, when the body heals itself it builds up scar tissue around the incision. The scar tissue is hard and causes, in some cases, severe pain, espically when moving, bending over, etc. You notice the scar tissue on the outside but there is also scar tissue on the inside.
I have a lot of doctors refer clients who have had breast surgery to help eliminate the internal scar tissue, eliminate about 80% of the external scar tissue, bringing back some of the feeling that was lost during surgery, get the circulation to the area again, and get the lymph flowing. The same holds true for C-sections and Historectomies.
Your discomfit could be just the buildup of scar tissue inside your abdomen and/or the discomfit of the mesh material the doctor might have used to help hold your internals together while they heal.
First, I would talk to your doctor about the prospect of the discomfort being caused by scar tissue, his/her using and mesh, and what he/she thinks about massage to reduce the discomfort. At this point in time (1 yr. later) a doctor's recommendation is not needed, but I strongly recommend you talk it over with your doctor first.
All of my clients who how have breast surgery, or other types of sergury, are very pleased with my massage in reducing scar tissue and increasing the feeling in the area.
If you do try massage make sure you go to a massage therapist that you are comfortable with. Talk with him/her first. You must be comfortable with the massage therapists' answers. Talk with several therapists first. Make sure they are Licensed in your state, Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, belong to the AMTA (American Massage Therapy Association), and are Certified in Breast Cancer and Mastectomy Massage.
If you are interested let me know and I will help you find someone in your area.
[This message has been edited by David (edited August 18, 2000).]