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Topic: Symptoms of Bone Metastases

Forum: Not Diagnosed with a Recurrence or Metastases but Concerned — Meet others concerned about developing a recurrence or metastases.

Posted on: Mar 28, 2012 10:39AM

tiff2008 wrote:

I'm a 4 year bc survivor... For the past week I've had this really aching shoulder/back pain.  When I put my head down there's a pulling pain, almost like a pulled muscle, it's only on my left side... and of course I worry about every ache and pain....Does anyone know the symptoms of bone metastases? what it feels like?

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Mar 28, 2012 10:59AM dlb823 wrote:

tiff, I can't tell you what mets feels like, and I actually think it varies from person to person.  But are you familiar with truncal lymphedema?  I get it on my mx side, and sometimes it feels like the pain is in my upper back, so my mind also momentarily goes to mets.  Then I'll realize that my entire upper left side is swollen, and that the pulling or stabbing pain is from the fluid build up.   If you haven't been doing gardening or moving furniture or something else to cause a pulled muscle, could it maybe be a touch of that kind of LE?    Deanna

"The soul would have no rainbow if the eyes had no tears" Native American proverb

Dx 2/1/2008, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 1/3/2014, Stage IV
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Mar 28, 2012 11:06AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

I have a single bone met and no symptoms at all. Generally, if the pain persists for more than two weeks you should see your doctor.
Caryn

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur

Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 09/07/2011 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left); Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Radiation Therapy 11/15/2011 ExternalHormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex
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Mar 28, 2012 11:16AM tiff2008 wrote:

Deanna -   I had a lumpectomy on my right and this pain is on the left.  I have been gardening and started back up with a little weight lifting..it seems its all started about that same time... No swelling.  I've been icing and resting from those activities this week to see if it improves....always something

Caryn - I will see my doctor if this goes on much longer :- 

Thank you both for replying so quick :)  Hope you're feeling well.

Tiff

Dx 2/8/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 28, 2012 11:20AM MizMarie wrote:

IMy MO told me that mets pain "is not subtle", although that statement seems to contradict what ladies here have reported.

Dx 8/4/2011, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+Targeted Therapy 08/18/2011 HerceptinChemotherapy 08/18/2011 carboplatin, TaxotereSurgery 02/07/2012 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection, Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Radiation Therapy 03/24/2012 External
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Mar 28, 2012 11:25AM camillegal wrote:

Tiff it isn't funny, but it's crazy--every ache, pain, lump we would never think twice about is now a scare--It's like cancer is all over the place--I even thought I had it in my wrist??? I had a fatty tissue on my thigh and I thought thigh cancer--it's tiring sometimes. But u have to stay vigilant whether we like it or not--and it could be from the gardening so just keep a watch and that's all u can do. Good Luck

Dx 2007, Stage IV, 24/38 nodes, HER2+
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Mar 28, 2012 11:44AM exbrnxgrl wrote:

I had no pain because it was discovered by accident. I assume that eventually it would have caused pain.
Caryn

Bilateral mx 9/7/11 with one step ns reconstruction. As of 11/21/11, 2cm met to upper left femur

Dx 7/8/2011, IDC, 4cm, Stage IV, Grade 1, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-Surgery 09/07/2011 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left); Reconstruction: Breast implants (permanent) (Both)Radiation Therapy 11/15/2011 ExternalHormonal Therapy 11/21/2011 Arimidex
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Mar 28, 2012 11:54AM TerryZig wrote:

Questions....I have had some leg ache on my right side.  It started about 3 days after my expander got replaced in my left breast.  I have Factor 5 Lyden...so I thought maybe a clot from undergoing 5 surgeries in the last 6 months...  Drs are having a difficult time telling me if it is METS or some other issue.  I was diagnosed March 1, 2011 with Triple Neg and underwent chemo and then bilateral mast in Sept.  Thought things were great, then this!!!  Trying not to panic, but unfortunately that is not so easy.  Any TN with METS to bone...have any insight?

Terry

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Mar 28, 2012 12:04PM dragonflymary wrote:

I would say if you have any questions at all you should try to insist on at least an x-ray.  I've read too many of stories of women who were "reassured" that pain "couldn't be bone mets" and then found out it was.  

Wherever you go your self goes with you. BMX Aug. 2010; implant reconstruction finished Dec. 2010.

Dx 7/15/2010, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Mar 28, 2012 12:27PM TerryZig wrote:

Dragonfly....believe me...I am the crazy patient that stays on top of Drs to move forward quickly and find answers.  I have been through X-ray, bone scan, MRI...was supposed to have a core biopsy Mon only to get there and be told it was cancelled.  After chasing my Onc all day yesterday, come to find out if we move forward with biopsy it would have to be an open biopsy so as not to trace possible cells throughout the body.  Great...now on to seeing an orthopedic oncologist tomorrow.  What's another Dr to juggle Embarassed

Terry

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Mar 28, 2012 02:13PM Curlylocks wrote:

Tiff,

My youngest sister is a 1.5 year survivor and was rediagnosed with bone mets to her back, shoulder and both ribs.  She had pain in her back that she thought at first was from lifting something to heavy...it esclated to the point that she went to chiropractor to get some relief...no help.  She then had problems getting in and out of chairs and bed by herself....that's when she ended up in the hospital with dangerously high calcium levels due to the bone mets.

If the pain continues beyond two weeks, go to your doctor.  My sister almost waited to late as she was in late stage hyperglocemia due to the calcium levels and her kidneys were shutting down....

Dx 10/23/2005, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIb, Grade 3, 3/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-Dx 1/9/2014, IDC, <1cm, Grade 1, ER-/PR-, HER2-Surgery 11/09/2005 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Axillary Lymph Node Dissection (Left)Chemotherapy 12/05/2005 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, TaxolHormonal Therapy 05/01/2006 ArimidexRadiation Therapy 06/01/2006 ExternalSurgery 05/03/2008 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)Surgery 12/16/2013 Prophylactic Mastectomy (Both); Reconstruction: DIEP flap (Both)Chemotherapy 02/11/2014 Cytoxan, Taxotere
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Mar 28, 2012 08:36PM tiff2008 wrote:

Thank you everyone for your responses.

Dx 2/8/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 7, 2012 03:45PM gfbaker wrote:

Can bone mets also cause tight muscles? I have a tender area on my spine after a massage from my husband, and my back also feels very tight and inflexible. I hope that this means I have just hurt myself, but its been a couple of weeks and still tender and tight.

Dx 5/6/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 1/13 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 13, 2012 10:20AM suebak wrote:

Tiff sent you a pm

Dx 3/3/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 13, 2012 07:38PM, edited Apr 13, 2012 07:39PM by thatsvanity

My sister had mets to her spine and pelvis she said it felt like having broken bones with no cast, but for my sister it was painful. She had to take pain meds to manage not eradicate her pain. Amy Lynn

Atypical lobular hyperplasia(11/11/10) PBMX NS mastectomy on 5/26/2011

Dx 11/11/2010, Stage 0, 0/0 nodes