Hurting arms

I am 3.5 post op from getting BA and tummy tuck, I have developed needle like sensation in my arms that β€œzing” and are very painful. Any ideas on what is going on?

very worried!!

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  • Yep, that's from the little unnamed nerves that run through the breasts and arms.  They're aggravated.  Could be that they are aggravated from the BA and could also be that they were aggravated from the positioning during the surgery.  We keep your arms out and try to ensure they're less than 90 degrees at the shoulder but some women don't tolerate even that position for the 3+ hours the surgery probably took.  Good news is that it is very temporary and should resolve soon.  If it doesn't resolve by 2 - 4 weeks I like to start low dose gabapentin if it's still very bothersome to you.  Good luck.


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      • Sskeels
      • 5 mths ago
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      Dr. Michelle Roughton 

      Thank you for your reply, makes a lot of sense. Is there anything I can do in the mean time to help with the process of getting it, heat, massage, etc?

    • Sskeels You can try any or all of that. Everyone is a little bit different.  Good luck.  Temporary!

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