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Feb 19, 2021 02:31PM
Feb 19, 2021 02:33PM
I have a metastasis to my right clavicle, and it was very, very painful. I thought I pulled a muscle after doing some yardwork at first (there is a muscle from our neck to the clavicle) but over a period of two or three days it led to my entire shoulder and upper arm becoming painful and contracted to where I could barely move that arm. I had a PET scan around the same time due to a pelvic mass discovered right before I was to start chemo, and that showed the Mets. A CT a month earlier was clear. This pain and loss of function was so severe it would have led to my mets discovery for sure as I would have demanded a work up for it! I had no Rx for pain since I was undiagnosed, only high doses of good old fashioned aspirin even touched the pain.
I had no skin issues or warmth, but there is a lump in the bone that can clearly be felt and seen. The good news was immediately upon beginning chemo the pain began to subside, and I now have my full range of motion back. It still aches occasionally but really minimally.
I'm not sure what the cancer features and treatments ordered for your aunt are, but I pray her treatment works as well and quickly as mine did to relieve her pain. Also definitely talk to her oncologist about radiation treatment to the area - I did not have rads since I was no longer symptomatic, but pain is a reason for rads to be considered.
Best wishes! 🙏💜
Xgeva 9/2/2020. History: 2 Borderline Serous Ovarian Carcinoma TAH/BSO, 0/15 nodes - 2/18/20. Benign Papilloma/ADH Left breast, excisional biopsy 10/11/2016
10/1/2019, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC)
10/23/2019, LCIS/DCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes
11/18/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
3/25/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, 0/2 nodes
4/7/2020 Taxotere (docetaxel)
4/7/2020 Perjeta (pertuzumab)
4/8/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab)
8/12/2020 Femara (letrozole)