I don't like to whine but holy shit I'm in pain.
Would you believe me if I told you that the pain I'm feeling from the radiation is worse than the pain I had from the mastectomy?
It could very well be that when recovering from the mastectomy I was very heavily drugged (read: stoned) most of the time so I don't recall a whole lot of pain. I'd have to go back and read the blog to see if I was in pain.
I'm itchy all over my neck, upper chest and breast area. But under my arm and the side of where my breast would be, that's where the pain is. It's so burned that my skin has gone beyond purple to brown. And it's blistered and peeling. I've been walking around with my right arm out so that I'm not chaffing. I can't sleep on my right side at all because any pressure on the area hurts. And even when I'm doing nothing at all I'm getting shooting pains.
I know it will get better. For now though, I'm using my saline compresses and my cream to prevent infection and my tylenol 3's to manage the pain and hoping that this passes quickly.
It's hard to feel excited about being done treatment when the lingering effects are still there.