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Forum: Not Diagnosed With a Recurrence or Metastases but Concerned —

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Posted on: Nov 25, 2020 03:08PM

lexie2002 wrote:

Hi Everyone,

I hope I'm doing this right. I haven't posted in a long time.

I had my initial IDC breast cancer in 2013. I've been having weird feelings in my lower back especially on the right side. I was told to call my primary care doctor and I just got off the phone with her. She told me we need to order a chest X-ray for your lungs. I know I should be better at this by now but I'm shaking and crying a bit. I'm so scared. I wish I could find women who can give me their story. I am thinking the worst and of course my husband says don't worry until you know. I can't understand why he thinks I shouldn't worry. :(

Thanks ahead of time (if I hear back from anyone).

lexie

Dx 4/2013, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/12/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/19/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/30/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 25, 2020 03:40PM Sunshine99 wrote:

lexie2002, I'm so sorry you're going through this new worry. It's so hard not to worry when something doesn't feel right. I'm glad your PCP wants you to get a check X-ray. That will be a good place to start. Do you still see your MO? You're "only" 7 years out from your initial diagnosis, so maybe you can see him or her again.

I hope you have a peaceful Thanksgiving tomorrow. I grew up in Woodside, and still know people who live in Los Gatos and Palo Alto.

Let us know when you hear something, or just come back to chat. These are unsettling times with COVID and now another cancer scare.

(((hugs)))

Carol

Cancer has progressed to my bones. I pray that it never enters my soul. Dx 11/2/2007, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/26/2020, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 4/22/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/5/2020 External: Bone Radiation Therapy 5/12/2020 External: Bone Targeted Therapy 6/10/2020 Ibrance (palbociclib)
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Nov 25, 2020 05:05PM lexie2002 wrote:

Thank you Sunshine,

I still see my Oncologist once a year. The protocol was to contact my primary first. I would have rather talked to my Oncologist. I would like to be on the thinking positive side of things. :( I've never been that lucky using this site. I mean I'm hoping this time maybe I can hear similar circumstances.

Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I totally forgot it's a Holiday weekend.

Have a Great Thanksgiving. I haven't lost sight of still having things I'm very grateful for.

Hugs


Dx 4/2013, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/12/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/19/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/30/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 25, 2020 05:07PM lexie2002 wrote:

Sunshine I forgot to ask you something. When I post something and flag it favorite does it still post to most people? I still haven't mastered this site. :(

Dx 4/2013, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/12/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/19/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/30/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 25, 2020 06:58PM Spookiesmom wrote:

Could be “something “ or nothing. I’ve known for years I have a messed up lower spine. It would flare a medrol pack and would settle down. Last time PCP sent me for mri. Of course my mind went to dark places. Mri showed a lot more wrong, BUT NO CANCER.

Agree with your hubby, try to stay busy keep your mind away from dark thoughts.

At the bottom of your posts you will see add to my favorite topics. Click on that.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Nov 25, 2020 07:09PM - edited Nov 25, 2020 07:12PM by Tmh0921

Are you still taking Arimidex? If so, have you had a bone density scan?

I had one in August because I'm on an AI and Ovarian Suppression. Turns out my bone density is low from the meds (Osteopenia) and now I'm getting Prolia injections 2x a year.

Anyway, my MO asked if I'd been having lower back aches. I had been, but thought they were related to back issues I've had for years. She said lower back aches are a symptom of low bone density.

I hope you get answers soon


First Dx at 27 years old in 1999, 2nd Dx 2018, 3rd Dx 2019... Current Oncotype: 26 Dx 12/7/1999, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/15 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 12/22/1999 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Radiation Therapy 1/30/2000 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 2/1/2000 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Hormonal Therapy 8/24/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/4/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/7/2018, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1 Dx 5/31/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 8/5/2019 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 9/4/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Hormonal Therapy 12/2/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin) Hormonal Therapy 3/24/2020 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Surgery 7/15/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Nov 25, 2020 07:28PM lexie2002 wrote:

Spookiesmom

Thank you for your post.

I wish I could stop being so frantic. One thing is that the strong chemo I had for breast cancer also gave me heart failure. I was told this a couple years ago.


Tmh0921

I had Osteopenia before breast cancer. I did have a bone density test at the beginning of the year. My Oncologist said it was stable. Thank you for sharing with me. This really takes the Stuffing out of my Thanksgiving, right? LOL Had to think of something silly. HUGS

Dx 4/2013, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/12/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/19/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/30/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Nov 25, 2020 11:30PM SondraF wrote:

Can you describe the pain and how long it's been going on, does it get worse at night?

Dx 9/27/2019, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy 11/29/2019 Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy 11/29/2019 Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Nov 27, 2020 09:23PM lexie2002 wrote:

Hi Sondra

It's hard to describe. It doesn't bother me in bed. It's more like a feeling of being uncomfortable or just an awareness of the area. It's been a few weeks or more. I have right hip pain from my Arimidex. Since being on Arimidex I've experienced some knee pain and hip pain. It's something I've been able to tolerate. I know I've read alot of women have very severe joint pain etc from this medication. I have been thankful that I don't have too many side effects. My left hip only occasionally hurts when I go for extended walks.

Hope you are doing well.

Happy Belated Thanksgiving.

HUGS

Dx 4/2013, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIA, 1/16 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/12/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 6/19/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 12/26/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 3/30/2014 Arimidex (anastrozole)

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