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Posted on: Jan 11, 2018 07:57PM

wintersocks wrote:

I have begun experiencing a very sharp pain and aching down my arm on the surgery side. It is not there all the time and can go for a while (a month or so) and then it's back. I saw the GP and she said it sounded like a nerve pain. She was sending me to see the oncologist with the possibility of an MRI being ordered she said. However she phoned me today and said firstly he wants me to have a whole load of blood tests first with no mention of an MRI. The pain extends from my shoulder and sometimes into my hand/fingers and has been of fairly recent onset. l am not sure what to think but of course a recurrence is on my mind.

Would be grateful if anyone has had similar or thoughts here .

Thanks as always.

Dx 2/20/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/23/2012 Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/29/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/10/2012 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/16/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 11, 2018 08:50PM Georgia1 wrote:

Hi there Wintersocks. If you had surgery in August that does seem a bit unusual, but I too am guessing nerve pain. Are you still doing your stretching exercises? My RO said radiation would make the stiffness worse for awhile and I've certainly found that is right. Maybe nerve pain is the same? I'm not sure that blood tests or an MRI would help and it seems unlikely to be a recurrence tho I am not a doctor. Have you seen a physical therapist?

Dx 9/3/2017, ILC/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 10/10/2017, LCIS, Right, 0/1 nodes Surgery 10/10/2017 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel Radiation Therapy 11/27/2017 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Jan 11, 2018 11:01PM kcat2013 wrote:

I had pain, numbness and tingling in my right (surgery) arm that started up about 2 years post surgery. My doctor recommended physical therapy and an MRI but let me choose which order to do them in. I went the physical therapy route first (mainly because I'm cheap and PT is way cheaper than an MRI). I saw a PT who was trained in working with women with a breast cancer history. She was excellent and I saw her for about 8 sessions plus she referred me to another PT in that clinic who does massage therapy and she worked on an area in my shoulder that the muscle was adhered and wasn't moving correctly (or something like that). All my symptoms resolved after that so I didn't need to get the MRI. So I would definitely recommended trying a PT for your pain.

34 at diagnosis Dx 8/2013, IDC, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ Surgery 9/4/2013 Mastectomy: Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 10/25/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 2/7/2014 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 6/20/2014 Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right)
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Jan 12, 2018 12:21AM beauz wrote:

Hi Wintersocks- well done for 5+years out of your BC Dx. I would see an oncologist to rule out recurrence first, then follow kcat's suggestions. Best wishes for you.

Dx 5/2017, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/27/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/9/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy
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Jan 12, 2018 06:01AM Susaine wrote:

Spa might work fine.

My mom faced pain problems. The herbal products worked fine to her. Now she is fine.

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Jan 13, 2018 10:40PM wintersocks wrote:

kcat

Thanks that's really useful advice. I feel that at 5 years post op it's odd for it to have become painful now; I guess I will just have to wait now for the blood results before any decision to go onto an MRI is made. This oncologist told me that: 'you are at significant risk of dying from your disease'. so i am in no rush to see him.

Beauz - Given that I was told that less than 6 months ago I am not celebrating the five year mark; er+ bc can recur up to 20 years later. Looking at my stats tho I should be thankful I have made it this far

Breast cancer sure keeps on giving...

Dx 2/20/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/23/2012 Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/29/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/10/2012 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/16/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes
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Jan 15, 2018 02:26AM beauz wrote:

wintersocks- I read somewhere here when one woman was told that she only had a few months to live by her doctor, she told him that he is not God. She went on living 20+ years to old age. Yay.

Dx 5/2017, IDC, Right, 5cm, Stage IIIB, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 11/27/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 1/9/2018 Xeloda (capecitabine) Radiation Therapy
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4 hours ago wintersocks wrote:

beauz

Doctor's huh?



Dx 2/20/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/11 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/23/2012 Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 8/29/2012 Lymph node removal: Right, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy 9/10/2012 Femara (letrozole) Radiation Therapy 9/16/2012 Breast, Lymph nodes

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