Pain after Radiation
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2017 and had a Lumpectomy in April followed by Radiation Therapy. I only had 15 sessions of Radiation but did suffer from aching in my rib area on the left side where I was treated. I understand this is normal however now it is September and thinking I would get no more side effects, I was concerned to get more pains in this area which are alarming to me. These are not the so called darting pains in the breast area. I have had two episodes of this pain and the first time was in the area of my heart and felt like I was having a heart attack. Stabbing pains in the heart area that shocked me but were over in seconds. The second time was during my sleep when I was awoke with stabbing pains under my left breast in the rib area. The pains were so sharp that I was gasping and yelping. Lasted only a minute but very frightening. I am used to pain having had a bad back for years so it is not so much the pain that is the problem but the fear of what it could be. Is this just another side effect of the Radiation Therapy or have I got a heart problem, lung problem or rib damage due to the Radiation. Seems unlikely but it is the only thing that I can think of which could be causing it.
Does anyone else have this experience?
Many thanks for your response.