I am glad that you are doing well since your breast cancer surgery! Your surgeon
is right that, many times after a breast surgery or any similar surgery, there may be residual nerve damage that can cause a wide range of symptoms, including numbness
, tingling, and twinges of pain. Sometimes, these symptoms will get better and go away over time as the nerve endings heal, but other times they may persist indefinitely.
However, I definitely recommend that you go to see your primary care doctor
about this persistent pain issue. In particular, it is important to make sure that this pain is not due to some cause other than effects of the surgery. For example, the fact that the pain you have is relieved by burping suggests that it may be related to something going on in your stomach, such as an ulcer or excess gas. Your doctor will be able to check you out and help figure out whether this is something that needs additional work up.
Similarly, if your doctor concludes that this is just pain from the nerve ends damaged during the surgery, then it may be possible to treat that pain with one of several medications.