Connection between surgery and stiffness/fibromyalgia?


Question from ThereseL: What is the connection between breast cancer surgery and chronic stiffness/fibromyalgia? I have been experiencing what I believe to be fibromyalgia since my surgery in '05 but never connected it to the surgery.
Answers - Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. I don't have scientific evidence, but I find that women who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia tend to have more pain or post-op discomfort and even long-term pain following surgery. The source of this is probably related to some of the rheumatologic features of fibromyalgia. In addition, I believe women with fibromyalgia tend to have more bone pain and achiness with aromatase inhibitors.

On Wednesday, May 21, 2008, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called After Surgery: Short-term and Long-term Effects. Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Linda Miller, P.T. answered your questions about short-term and long-term side effects of breast surgery, and what you can do about them.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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