Sharp Shooting Severe Pain Feels Like I am being Stabbed
Hi. I am wondering if anyone else who is 6 months or more post-surgery feels sharp shooting pain in the breast or underarm area. I had a lumpectomy October 31, 2011 and a revision to the surgery in mid-December. I had 25 nodes removed and 14 of them had cancer. I went through chemo from January through April and finished radiation in mid June.
I keep getting these sharp pains in different places in the breast that was operated on. Sometimes it's around the nipple area, sometimes around the scar area. The pain seems to re-occur in the same place for a while and then moves to a new spot. It is a very sharp intensive pain that feels like I am being stabbed. It lasts for about 30 seconds to a minute and then subsides.
I have tried to discuss with both my radiologist and my oncologist. Both of them tell me that this is normal. I am finding it hard to believe that it is normal to suddenly feel like I am being stabbed. How do I know what is normal and when it is something to be concerned about. My radiologist suggests I take a tylenol or ibuprofen. I don't want to take anything for a pain that doesn't last. I just want to make sure I don't have to worry that the cancer is back.
This is different from the pain/numbness I experience in the arm and breast area that is constant. I can deal with that. This is something that will just occur suddenly and then subsides.
Has anyone else experienced this?