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May 14, 2013 11:18AM
I have a difference of opinion between the sports med doc and my oncologist, but it looks like whatever is going on is probably not cancer-related, which is good news. Sports doc said he was sure I had a pinched nerve and prescribed PT for a month, then said to come back. He said that normally he prescribes steroids for pain, but since I was a cancer patients he could not do that. He did not know what was going on with my breast or SNB area, just said the numb arm and shoulder pain was due to the pinched nerves.
When I saw Onco yesterday, he said that it did not make sense to him to prescribe PT without having the proper imaging tests done first. In addition, he said that cortico steroids are not contra-indicated for breast cancer and basically said he thought I should get a new sports med doc! He gave me a script for MRI of cervical and thorasic spine. After the results, he will refer me to the proper specialist who may prescribe PT. Onco felt is was a waste of time and money to do PT without knowing exactly which nerve was compressed, which makes sense to me.
Onco did a sono of breast and lymph area and said nothing looked suspicious, but that I had large scar build-up since last time he saw me (a few months ago). He said there are new ways to treat pain from scar tissue, but that he wants to see what is going on with the MRI first, since a compressed nerve could also cause the breast pain.
He thinks I probably have two things going on: compressed spinal nerve that is making arms numb and shoulder hurt, and thickening of scar tissue that is causing burning in breast and under arm.
At least it is a start and relief that it is not cancer driven. But I still am in a lot of pain and can't wait goet relief. By the end of the day I am so tired.
Hoping for good outcomes for you all.
Katherine, lumpectomy, SNB, mammosite radiation, bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy, Aromasin
12/1/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-