The PURE Solution for Women Suffering from Lingering Post-Surgical Breast Pain
Dr. Deb shares personal experience and how she found a solution
A new Danish study published in the in the Nov. 11 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association has found that almost half of women who have breast cancer surgery still have pain or numbness two to three years later. In the study of 3,754 breast cancer survivors ages 18 to 70, 47 percent had pain in one or more area, and 58 percent reported problems in the treated breast, including burning and a loss of sensation for one to three years after their surgery.
Fortunately, as medical technologies have evolved, so too have products that can help alleviate the physical and emotional pain of going through breast cancer treatments. The PURE STYLE Girlfriends line of products, in particular, has answered this call. The following story from Dr. Deb Kimless-Garber, Executive Director of PURE STYLE Girlfriends, explains how these products have become integral to the healing process:
I was a 44 year old full time physician, wife and mother of a 7 year old daughter who just completed another normal mammogram and had an MRI as a baseline study. This baseline study resulted in a double mastectomy with lymph node dissections and a multi-stage reconstruction. Because I was working as a full-time Anesthesiologist and was also actively volunteering at my daughter’s school, I wanted to fast track my surgery and reconstruction so I could continue on with my life. Fortunately, I am and remain cancer free. However, I was side lined by something called post mastectomy pain syndrome; a phantom pain that affects 14% of women who have breast surgery, and even lumpectomy.
My incentive to develop a remedy was driven by my own struggles with pain, the mental anguish and frustration of living with disfigured breasts, and the lack of resources available. And PURE STYLE Girlfriends is the solution that I found.
Jump-a-Cup and Bump-a-Cup full and half bra inserts from the PURE STYLE Girlfriends line of products are made of medical-grade silicone and add shape and density to any bra. The way in which they help to alleviate phantom pain is the pressure they put on the area. The sensation works to trick the brain into thinking the breast is still there which in turn stops the nerve endings from clenching up.
And unlike many silicone bra inserts on the market, those offered by PURE STYLE Girlfriends are soft to the skin and designed to contour to the body for a natural look that moves with you, so they not only help eliminate the phantom pain, but provide a natural shape as well.