I'm sorry I cannot offer you any information either other than to seek help from your doctors if you have significant pain. I had a lumpectomy so did not have to go through the gamet of reconstruction, etc. but my friend did and I know it took her about two years to get things all sorted out. She had only one breast removed but had to wait for reconstruction and I know she talked of discomfort and healing issues. She told me that the reconstruction, for her, was much more difficult than the initial mastectomy. I know this doesn't help answer any of your questions but each one of us is so different, even if you don't get a solid answer here please seek it from your medical team. I wish you love and luck and quick healing.