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Share important questions and provide support to others experiencing breast cancer and treatment-related pain.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2013 11:46AM

lmcclure4477 wrote:

Just curious how many people out there had a lump that was painful that ended up being breast cancer. The reason I found my lump is because I had pain. I was surprised to find out that my lump was cancer because all of the doctors said cancer doesn't hurt. I feel like smacking them all in the face because my lump did hurt!

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Jan 5, 2013 04:30PM Lily55 wrote:

Yes - I did not have a lump but generalised pain and itchiness......could get very sore and now I seem to have some of those symptoms in my remaining breast and its only 9 months along the road.........

I had ILC

Dx 4/2012, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/15/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 5, 2013 04:36PM Hopex3 wrote:

My lump hurt as well. I've been through chemo awaiting surgery. Right now, my doctors and I cannot even find the lump but yet it still hurts! My armpit hurts as well but they didn't see any active lymph nodes when they did a Gamma dye test on me. Maybe it's nerves. My doctors can't seem to give me an answer either.

Dx 8/28/2012, IDC, Stage II, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/19/2012 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jan 5, 2013 05:01PM lmcclure4477 wrote:

My armpit hurts as well and I was freaking out! Glad to hear your lymph nodes looked clear. I have an MRI and mammogram Monday. I actually have been feeling pain in my back, chest, etc but I think it is from anxiety.

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Jan 5, 2013 05:11PM Lily55 wrote:

I hurt around my shoulder blade, under my arm and along top of shoulder too - apparently we have muscles and nerves there that connect to breast tissue/muscle so surgery and treatment affects it

Dx 4/2012, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/15/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 5, 2013 05:18PM lmcclure4477 wrote:

I always had pain in this area because I have fibromyalgia and stress makes the pain worse. I have never been so stressed in my life so I am hoping all of this pain is from flare ups!!

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Jan 5, 2013 07:23PM - edited Jan 5, 2013 07:23PM by Blessings2011

Never felt a lump at all, just had spontaneous (painless) bleeding from my left nipple.

Dx 9/15/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/4/2011 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Surgery 8/21/2012 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/4/2012 Arimidex (anastrozole) Hormonal Therapy 10/21/2013 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 5, 2013 07:38PM jojo2373 wrote:

Hi, I have had many benign fluid filled lumps before, but my tumor was the first lump that hurt. It was what prompted me to call my DR. Cancer can hurt!

Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve Dx 7/27/2012, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 2/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH) Chemotherapy 8/30/2012 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 1/6/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/3/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 4/7/2013 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 5, 2013 08:05PM mags20487 wrote:

my lump hurt as well as my arm pit.  Drs can be so by the book sometimes.  I am on a FB page with other women who have the same type as myself and many of us had pain in the breast from our lumps

Maggie

DX @43yrs old triple negative metaplastic. BMX 8/23/11. 4 taxol and 4 AC finished 12/29/11 35 rads completed 3/16/12 Bilat Diep 11/1/12 left side flap failed 11/6/12 Gap flap left 3/5/13 lymph node tx 5/22/13 Revision 8/13, Revision 12/13 Dx 8/17/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/18 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 8/22/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right Chemotherapy 9/20/2011 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 1/26/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 10/31/2012 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 3/4/2013 Reconstruction (left): IGAP flap Surgery 5/21/2013 Reconstruction (left) Surgery 8/20/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/3/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 8/26/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 4/8/2015 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Nipple reconstruction
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Jan 5, 2013 08:07PM SelenaWolf wrote:

No pain at all.  Nada.  Zilch.

"... good girls never made history ..."
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Jan 5, 2013 08:43PM Lauren15 wrote:

Hi All - my lump didn't really hurt, just my armpit, and I contributed it to extra weight gain.  Now it hurts as well as my armpit.  Of course every pain I have, I think it's spreading.  I start chemo next week before surgery because I'm triple negative, and I pray it starts shrinking and the pain goes away.  Hopex3, I'd love to hear from you.  It sounds like you are on the same program as me, and I'd love to pick your brain!

It is what it is . . .Worrying is like a rocking chair; it will give you something to do, but it won't get you anywhere. Dx 12/20/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 5/22/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jan 5, 2013 09:01PM thefuzzylemon wrote:

Yes oh yes....it hurt like h-e-double toothpicks....

The Fuzzy Lemon (including all her personalities) Dx 1/20/2011, 2cm, Stage IIIC, Grade 3, 14/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 6, 2013 12:18AM - edited Jan 6, 2013 09:04AM by 4My3kids

I did not have a lump, I had pain. This began in May 2010. I switched bras, removed cups from clothes, changed the way I slept and put ice on it some nights. I had negative mammograms, ultrasounds and contradicting MRI's (one showed irregular enhancement and the next zero enhancement)...finally in Aug 2010 a core biopsy with six samples was negative...yay great but pain persisted...I went for three additional opinions...one at Fox Chase Cancer Center...all agreed Age (I was 41) and I had dense lumpy breasts. Finally my current and wonderful surgeon who is a bit old school told me he believed me...did an open biopsy (10 months after the negative core biopsy) and my cancer was revealed. On a side note my best friend's sister died at 36 after being told for 2 years her painful 4 cm cancer was a clogged milk duct...I have no doubt her story kept me going. Never ignore pain until you have convincing proof you are safe.

Dx 7/1/2011, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/13/2011 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Nipple reconstruction, Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 11/24/2011 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jan 6, 2013 04:53AM melmcbee wrote:

I found my lump cause it hurt.

Melanie Dx 6/24/2012, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 8/15 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/9/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Surgery 8/9/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 8/23/2012 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 1/9/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 5/30/2013 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Surgery 12/4/2013 Reconstruction (right) Dx 3/29/2017, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, ER+/PR- Dx 11/19/2019, ILC, Stage IV, metastasized to other, ER-/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Chemotherapy 8/19/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Immunotherapy Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Hormonal Therapy Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy Xeloda (capecitabine)
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Jan 6, 2013 08:01AM blondiex46 wrote:

it did!!

Original 8/96 - 1cm, chemo, rads. Recurr..9/09...Mets to lungs, chest wall, lymph nodes under arm & chest, cervical & lumbar spine, ribs, hip. Femera, Falsodex, Zometa, Xeloda, Gemzar,Taxotere, Adriamycin,Havalen.WENT OFF CHEMO 7/20/14 Dx 9/1/2009, 3cm, Stage IV, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 6, 2013 09:18AM cheryl1946 wrote:

I never had any pain. But I did have a problem raising my arm up over my head without a "pulling" sensation. I never did ask doctors about it.

DX 7/6/11 with stage IV at the start;mets to several bones No surgery,rads,or chemo letrozole failed after 17 mos. 2 other hormonals failed; now on to xeloda Dx 7/6/2011, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IV, Grade 2, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jan 9, 2013 11:12PM mrsmanhattan wrote:

A woman in my church recently diagnosed found hers because it hurt.  She had interlobular (spelling?)

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Jan 10, 2013 04:18AM cbear wrote:

I had high blood pressure,had night sweats and hot flashes. Then arm starting aching most days. Started searching area and found lump after about a month of it. After my surgery no more high blood pressure,hot flashes,night sweats and arm stopped aching. Also they was canceling my MRI 3 times for a week and a half before surgery and i told them my chest area was hurting bad and the nurse said to me honey i dont want to call you crazy but most women after getting the diagnosis usually start feeling pain. After surgery and patholgy report of having a node with cancer in it i told her dont you ever tell someone they dont feel anything. My body was telling me from the beginning something was wrong. After alot of searching found out nightsweats can be a hidden cancer. Nothing on blood pressure and hot flashes. But my body was telling me get to the Dr.

Surgery 11/28/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel Dx 12/6/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage II, Grade 2, 2/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 1/11/2013 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jan 10, 2013 07:54AM Lily55 wrote:

So if you get more nightsweats now (am on letrozole) is that a sign?

Dx 4/2012, ILC, 5cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 7/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/3/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 8/15/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/19/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy 3/7/2019 External: Bone Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel)
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Jan 10, 2013 12:42PM k1mm1 wrote:

constant ache in top of my arm and shoulder and a searing pain in left breast (occasionally) is how i found my lump, i knew something wasn't right, my body was telling me! i have surgery booked for next week.

Dx 12/21/2012, DCIS, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jan 11, 2013 03:30PM wallycat wrote:

No pain.  I did notice that my 2 breasts were responding differently in terms of frequency of nipple erection, but of course that doesn't mean anything...no two body parts are the same.  I had no other symptoms, just the weird dreams.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Jan 11, 2013 05:59PM Renae64 wrote:

Yes, it did hurt. I know, it pisses me off. Breast cancer lumps can hurt!

Dx 4/3/2012, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 4/24/2012 Lumpectomy: Right
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Jan 12, 2013 06:47PM chris1959 wrote:

i had pain also thats what made me go to the dr .i was told cancer didnt hurt also .but they were wrong/

Dx 10/2011, 5cm, Stage IV, 23/30 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 10/27/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 11/5/2011 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/19/2013 Bone Chemotherapy 2/10/2014 Xeloda (capecitabine) Surgery 2/19/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Surgery 3/19/2014 Prophylactic ovary removal Radiation Therapy 6/21/2014 Bone Chemotherapy Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)
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Jan 19, 2013 03:35AM - edited Jan 19, 2013 03:37AM by gutsy

It was not so much the lump that hurt, but the whole breast. I remember having a shower and the water coming down hurt. It was because of the pain in general that I started checking my breast and found the lump. So in a way I was grateful for the pain

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Jan 19, 2013 09:30AM Karen3 wrote:

I think this is an important topic. On both occasions (I had contralateral breast cancer) I found the cancer because of the pain that I felt. On the second occasion, I caught the cancer really early as it was DCIS although grade 3 and 4cm. I had pain in my opposite breast to my original IDC less than two years earlier. I felt a 'raised area' where the breast was painful. I monitored it for a few months and the raised area was changing and speading and forming into a more solid lump. It became so painful that it hurt to lay on my left side. I called my breast care nurse who arranged an appointment with the surgeon. Clear mammo and ultrasound - no sign at all of any problems. Then I had a biopsy (but ONLY because of my previous diagnosis of IDC triple negative BC). I had MAJOR bleeding following the biopsy too. Anyhow was found to be grade 3 DCIS of undertermined size as it was invisible to scans! I was recommended a bilateral mastectomy then (had a lumpectomy less than two years earlier in opposite breast). I am convinced that the DCIS they found was destined to be another TN IDC tumour and I found it early due to pain. Like some of you - my breast surgeon told me that pain was a GOOD sign since cancer is not painful. That is WRONG - it can be painful. Please check yourself on a regular basis and report changes as soon as they occur (including pain). Also, a clear mammo and ultrasound does not mean there is nothing there. I had dense breasts so that may be the reason for lack of detection. All the best to you all and stay vigilent.

Second diagnosis 17/10/11 DCIS 4cm, grade 3 (high grade) left breast (contralateral breast cancer), Er- Pr -, 0/2 nodes, Bilateral mast 8/12/11. IDC TN 09/09 neo adjuvant chemo nil response. Lumpectomy 01/2010 and rads 03/ 2010. Dx 9/8/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/22/2009 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 1/3/2010 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 2/5/2010 Breast Surgery 12/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jan 19, 2013 09:50AM april485 wrote:

Ladies, please see this thread for just how many people had pain prior to diagnosis. It is time the medical community listened to us! We know our bodies better than anyone. Please add your information to this post so that others can see this. You may save someone's life!

http://community.breastcancer.org/forum/83/topic/784732?page=13#idx_361



My doctor did not feel that this should be an indicator of BC either. I plan to show her! I am in the waiting stage and have a stereotactic biopsy scheduled next Friday. Praying for good news but not feeling confident. Sigh...

"Fear has been a huge dictator in my life - so I am trying to stage a coup!" ~ a friend Dx 1/30/2013, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 2/21/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Surgery 3/11/2013 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/22/2013 3DCRT: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/20/2013 Aromasin (exemestane) Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Jan 20, 2013 03:34PM weshallsee wrote:

Yes, I was diagnosed with TNBC and I had a lump in my left breast at 10 o'clock and it hurt quite a bit.  Please note that my tumor was also a fast growing tumor and that might have something to do with the pain I experienced.

Dx 11/29/2011, IDC, 3cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/21/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/10/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 22, 2013 01:12PM Karen3 wrote:

Hi weshallsee - interesting that we both had TNBC and the tumour was grade 3 / fast growing. I am certain there is a correlation between pain and fast growing tumours.

Second diagnosis 17/10/11 DCIS 4cm, grade 3 (high grade) left breast (contralateral breast cancer), Er- Pr -, 0/2 nodes, Bilateral mast 8/12/11. IDC TN 09/09 neo adjuvant chemo nil response. Lumpectomy 01/2010 and rads 03/ 2010. Dx 9/8/2009, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 0/3 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 9/22/2009 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Ellence (epirubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 1/3/2010 Lumpectomy: Right Radiation Therapy 2/5/2010 Breast Surgery 12/7/2011 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Jan 22, 2013 01:15PM lmcclure4477 wrote:

My tumor was also TNBC and was also Grade 3 and was fast growing and the tumor hurt! That is how I found it. It seems to me that a lot of people with TNBC say that their tumor hurt.

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Jan 23, 2013 02:36PM weshallsee wrote:

Hi Karen,  I believe my cancer was ripping through my cells like a knife, at least that is what it seemed like to me.  It hurt until my third dose of chemotherapy and then the pain eased up considerably (my tumor was chemo sensitive). Imcclure that's how I found my cancer too!  I'm reading in bed and all of a sudden I felt as if a balloon was inserted into my breast and was being blown up, I was in the doctor's office the very next day. 

Dx 11/29/2011, IDC, 3cm, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/21/2011 Adriamycin (doxorubicin), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Radiation Therapy 7/10/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 24, 2013 02:05PM Colorful_Colorado wrote:

I found my breast cancer because it was painful also!!! Cancer can be painful. At first I thought I just hit my right breast or something in a move. It did not get better and soon I felt radiating aching down my right arm. I had a mastectomy and am halfway through chemo. Anyone who says cancer isn't painful does not know it can be. If you have pain get it checked. Especially in the breast. My tumors (1.5, and 2.1) were right behind the nipple and were extremely painful. I am so glad I felt the pain because the tumors were both grade 3 and I might not have found them as quickly otherwise. Be vigilant and don't ever forget your mammograms and breast exams. They may not be 100% (mammograms are 75-85%) but they could catch it early or at least might indicate something suspicious we may not know is there!

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