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Ok so I have a very personal question that I've been thinking about. I was told I couldn't use my arms very well after a double mastectomy. So how does the bathroom situation go? I still have some pride and wanted to know what to expect. Lol. Thx :)

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  • sylvia clark Profile
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    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    I was worried about the same, but you Will be Able to acomplished your bathroom duties on your own <3!
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  • anónimo Profile
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    I didn't have any trouble using my left arm/hand but had some trouble with my right as the dr removed the lymph nodes. But since I'm right handed, I still used it for certain "duties"! LOL. I know each person is affected differently after a bilateral mastectomy, but honestly it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I think the main reason they don't want you using your arms is for the drainage. My husband was wonderful about helping in the shower but I think he would have balked if he had to help with the bathroom duties!!!! LOL. Good luck to you and my prayers for a quick and speedy recovery.
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      Sobreviviente desde 2012

      I didn't have any problems! See if your doc will recommend physical therapy. It helps with range of motion and scar tissue prevention

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    • Candace Gregory Profile
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      Stage 2B Paciente

      I was able to manage the bathroom situation right after surgery. Just make sure the TP is within comfortable reach of your best / strongest arm BEFORE you sit down!

      over 7 years Flag
  • Roberta S Profile
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    Stage 2B Paciente
    Thx for all the input everyone! I feel relieved. Lol
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  • Leah Fortune Profile
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    Stage 4 Paciente
    Just don't drop the vac thingy if hurts I tied it to me or the towel rack
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    Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama
    I had a bilateral mastectomy but as well as that I also had adhesive capulitis(frozen shoulders) both sides. It happened before I was diagnosed but I was still able to help myself in the bathroom, it is amazing what determination will do for you. Getting dressed was another story, I still need help with that and probably will for the rest of my life. Good luck with everything and I hope it all goes well for you.
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  • André Roberts Profile
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    Stage 1 Paciente
    Lol, Roberta I think we all worried about that. I too did fine with that. The problem I had is I couldn't open the bathroom door at the hospital. I had to knock for someone to let me out, Lol! & no worries, no question is silly or too personal. Prayers to you.
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    • Roberta S Profile
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      Stage 2B Paciente

      Lol. It's crazy the stuff I think of. Thx!

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  • Penny Walton Profile
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    Sobreviviente desde 2014
    Roberta, I have a shy bladder & my first few times were more about having a nurse in the room than wiping myself. I finally ask her to step out and that helped. But I was able to take care of those needs, nurse was there to help keep me from falling, I was pretty unstable from the drugs, but I'm a lightweight. Sending prayers this goes easy for you. God bless, Penny
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    I had lymph nodes removed on my right side but I had a full bilateral mastectomy and I was very fortunate that my mother and my husband were able to help me out a lot. I wasn't really in much pain that I couldn't use my arms... I just didn't feel as if they were strong enough for some reason. Either way when I needed their help no matter what it was for... they helped me out and you'll be amazed at how God will humble you during this experience. God bless.
    over 7 years Comment Flag
  • Erin Timlin Profile
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    Sobreviviente desde 2011
    I think the range of movement will certainly differ from person to person. I had only one side done but I had an expander put in so using that one arm was tough for a few days, but I could certainly wipe myself! My prediction is you won't be completely immobile, it's just a pretty tender situation when you have to use your arms, especially if your pectoral muscles are involved. My biggest discomfort was trying to get up from bed. It was very uncomfortable and difficult.
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  • Roz Potenza Profile
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    Paciente
    Awww. That's pretty normal to fret about but you will be surprised how innovative you will become. I came up with some "new moves" but pretty much managed by myself. I wore lots of loose clothing for a while and that helped a great deal too. Love and luck.
    over 7 years Comment Flag

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