Some women experience pain or discomfort after treatment for breast cancer has finished.
This may continue weeks to years after treatment. After breast cancer treatment has finished women may experience muscle stiffness, joint pain, pain from surgery scars, numbness, and general aches and pains. Some women also feel pain in a breast after it has been removed. This is called ‘phantom pain’. Phantom pain is real and you are not imagining it.
Many women think that telling others that they are in pain means that they are complaining or being a nuisance. However, it is important that you do not put up with pain. You should report any pain to your doctor even if it is minor. Your doctor can investigate the cause of your pain and recommend appropriate pain relief or provide reassurance.
If you have pain after treatment has finished talk to your doctor. You doctor will be able to assess if this requires treatment.