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SiewliSiewli Member Posts: 68
edited May 27 in Newly diagnosed
Hi everyone, I just had my right breast n right lymph axcillary clearance on 19 May. Now recovering at home, and just had my drain out yesterday 26 May. Ever since my 1st drain out at the hospital, I can feel as if there's fluid running down my chest sensation till current. I've have spoken to the community nurse who came n check on my 2nd drain. She said it's normal that I can feel the drain. Now that I have no drain on me, I still have that sensation of fluid running down my chest. Is this normal? My GP only works Mon-Wed n I'm going to meet my breast specialist on 30 May. I really don't know who I can consult or should I go into Emergency Dept?


  • SiewliSiewli Member Posts: 68
    Btw, I'm in public health care.
  • Mez_BCNAMez_BCNA Administrator, Staff, Member, Moderator Posts: 408
    @Siewli sorry to hear of your concerns.  I am not a health Practitioner therefore cannot provide medical advice to you. However, if you cannot wait to see your nurse or GP, you can call Healthdirect Australia 1800 022 222. If in doubt you can present at your local hospital emergency or if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000).
  • Julez1958Julez1958 Member Posts: 610
    Hi there
    i never had anything like this but a few days after I was discharged from hospital ( on a Sunday) after my skin sparing mastectomy with insertion of tissue expander I felt like my breast was going to explode ( hard to describe really) , I had my surgery at St Vincent’s Private here in Sydney and my plastic surgeon said if I had any big concerns  out of office hours to present myself to St Vincent’s Emergency and ask for the plastic surgery registrar .
    I did that and saw the Registrar and  he assured me it was not infected or anything to be worried about .
    I guess the issue is how alarmed you are about it if you feel presenting to your local hospital is required .
    I felt a little silly at the time about presenting myself to emergency where people were having heart attacks etc but I had worked myself up into a state and was glad I did it.
    Not sure if that helps.

  • Julez1958Julez1958 Member Posts: 610
    By the way I then had radiotherapy and DIEP reconstruction some months later ( last August) and have recovered well .
  • SiewliSiewli Member Posts: 68
    @Mez_BCNA @Julez1958 Thanks for thr response. I called the breast care nurse in the end n she told me it's quite normal if I can feel the fluid running inside my body as the drain just removed not long ago. But she did mention that if I feel any discomfort just go to ED. I will monitor tonight.
  • AbbydogAbbydog Member Posts: 345
    How did you go?
    Was it a seroma?

  • SiewliSiewli Member Posts: 68
    @Abbydog, it's getting lesser after 2 weeks. Now post 3 weeks, I don't really feel much now.
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