Chest looking like it has caved after double mastectomy

hi everyone. Just wondering if anyone has experienced this?

for the last few days I have been feeling a "tugging" sore feeling over my mastectomy scar (double mastectomy 18 months ago, no chemo or radio). I checked the chest and I have an area beneath the scar on the chest wall that looks to have sunken. Any ideas what this could be?


  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 1,634

    The tugging feeling may well just be scar tissue, that can go on for some time. Can't help with the cavity - how big is it? It may be fluid that has finally dispersed or something else that has settled. If in doubt, your surgeon or oncologist can probably ease any concerns quickly.
  • shazzaaustshazzaaust Member Posts: 8
    Thanks for your advice :). The sunken appearance has happened over the last week and has happened with the pain. 
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,511
    Hi a trip to the GP or if you're due for review with Specialist. We can only guess! Have you over exerted lately that has the pec muscle working overtime. It could be that the swelling has finally subsided.
    Take care 
  • shazzaaustshazzaaust Member Posts: 8
    Hi and thank you for your response. I will definitely make an appointment for the doctor. 
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 4,419
    You can get chording scar tissue in the chest wall too so maybe it has snapped. Do you feel like you have better movement now? I agree though a check up is the best idea.
  • brightspacebrightspace Member Posts: 282
    Hi shazz  big huggs all the best with follow up appointments
  • VixVix Member Posts: 51
    I had left breast mastectomy 2010 and all nodes removed and still at times get tugging & tightness from scar tissue. But given what you've experienced over past week, I'd suggest calling your surgeon. Biggest hugs x
  • shazzaaustshazzaaust Member Posts: 8
    Thank you for your responses everyone. 

    I saw a doctor yesterday that works with my GP. She hasn't seen my chest before but I had a comparison photo from Sunday till then and the indentation appears to have indented more in 2 1/2 days. 

    She said the thing that that reassures her a little bit is that my pain isn't too bad as people with bone cancer apparently have really bad pain. Mine is intermittent tugging medium level pain. 

    Inam having an an X-ray today so hopefully that will give an answer. 

    Again, thank you all for your support. Xx
  • iserbrowniserbrown Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,511
    Good luck
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 1,634
    Good luck, hope everything is fine
  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 4,419
    You might need an ultrasound as most likely soft tissue related but 2st things 1st is to exclude the biggest concerns. Hope all goes well.
  • shazzaaustshazzaaust Member Posts: 8
    Thank you. I'm still waiting to hear from the doctor. This is the pictures. 
    I hate this part  the waiting.......

  • socodasocoda LeumeahMember Posts: 1,695
    Hey @shazzaaust , Have you heard from your doctor yet?Xx
  • LITHGOW1950LITHGOW1950 Member Posts: 273
    I had a lumpectomy Sep 2015 right breast,  and over the last six weeks have experienced when doing yoga or stretching my arms (it's on both sides) pulling and soreness over breasts and under both arms. The GP requested I have a CT screen which show up clear. I see the specialist both surgeon and oncologist on the 7th March, maybe they may know what it is. 
    Lets us know how your result go. Waiting is awful but keep busy and take care. 

  • shazzaaustshazzaaust Member Posts: 8
    Hi everyone and thank you for the support. My GP told me that the X-ray was fine, but I showed my chiropractor (she has done radiology), and she was still concerned. 

    She felt my ribs and and agreed that it doesn't feel right and looked at the X-rays and has question marks too. She was going to call them for the X-ray to be re-reported. 

    I see my surgeon in a week and a half though, so may have to wait till then for answers. 

    I really hate hate all of this waiting and uncertainty. 
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