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

Posted on: Jun 12, 2018 11:27AM

Vera66 wrote:

Does anyone know when to worry about back pain? I suppose that sounds like a strange question, but it doesn't feel like I have ever been given any clear guidance about when to be concerned. My back pain began in January after diagnosis. It went away for a while, but is now back and seeming more severe. I had CT scan at diagnosis, and a bone scan when I developed pain. Both were negative It is just a strange sensation of deep pain in my lower back near the pelvis which does not go away. Are bone scans definitive? I had four rounds of Taxotere, which I finished two months ago. Can that cause long-term back pain? I would very much appreciate information from anyone who has had similar issues. I like my oncologist in many ways but she can be dismissive around pain, and says I probably just pulled something. I have had pulled muscles before, but it did not feel like this. Thank you for any input.

Dx 12/11/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 12, 2018 02:18PM Meg101 wrote:

Vera - I have the same question about back pain. Mine is in the mid-spine. It's relieved by sitting or laying down, but starts again within 3-5 minutes of standing. It's a burning pain. Advil barely helps. I think it's arthritis.

Dx 7/14/2017, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 3/23 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/11/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary Chemotherapy 9/18/2017 AC + T (Taxotere) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy
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Jun 12, 2018 03:14PM Mucki1991 wrote:

Not surer if either one of you have neuropathy but it is the cause of my back pain... Just a thought to consider if you know that you have it.

Rebekah Dx 5/5/2017, ILC/IDC/IDC: Papillary, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 3/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 7/14/2017 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 8/22/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/8/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 2/26/2018 3DCRT: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Hormonal Therapy 4/20/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/17/2018 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Surgery 1/25/2019
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Jun 12, 2018 05:15PM Vera66 wrote:

Thanks for the input. I guess its hard to know as back pain can be caused by so many things. I have some neuropathy in my hands. I didn't know it could cause back pain as well.

Dx 12/11/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 12, 2018 05:24PM Spookiesmom wrote:

I knew I had a herniated disc in lower back. Then it started hurting really bad. PCP sent me for mri. Turned out to be a LOT of issues but not cancer. I have radicuopathy (nerve) damage in my shoulder area from cervical surgery.

When something hurts we do tend to think it’s cancer. Sometimes it is, most times it’s not.

Be worth a visit to PCP to discuss.

Reoccurrence 3-19. Dx IDC, Stage IIIA, Grade 3
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Jun 12, 2018 06:49PM - edited Jun 12, 2018 06:51PM by Lula73

if you're on tamoxifen or one of the AIs, the back pain can be related. But then again it might be something totally different. There are many PCPs/Internal Med docs that also do sports medicine. These guys are awesome. They tend to have a lot of diagnostic equipment in the office that regular PCPs don't have and they do injections and the like in the office same day if needed (fewer appointments, fewer copays, time savings, etc).It's worth seeing if you have one in your area and scheduling an appointment with them and go from there. I see one for any pains and/or injuries of a muscular/tendon/ligament/bone nature. He is priceless.

-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/13/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/2/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/1/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 12, 2018 07:44PM Vera66 wrote:

Those are good suggestions. I think I'll start with my PCP, and then look into a sports medicine specialist. I appreciate the help.

Dx 12/11/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 18, 2018 08:23PM GrooGruxQueen wrote:

This first part isn't cancer related but I had back pain for over 10 years. So bad at times that I couldn't move and had to go the ER in an ambulance. I went to every dr in the area and if you can name the test I'd had it done but according to everyone 'There was nothing wrong' and they'd just give me pain meds then send me home. A new younger dr came to the area and did an x-ray in his office and found out that I had 2 severely herniated discs, so do bad that they were almost bone on bone. He said that this should have shown up on tests long before I'd seen him. I also have epilepsy and all the other drs who I'd seen were older and I think all the older drs were afraid to deal with me because of the epilepsy but the younger dr wasn't. I had to have screws put in my back and I haven't had any problems since.

Now this part is cancer related. I had my first round of chemo on June 4th. When I woke up on the 12th my back hurt so bad it was throbbing. I could only sit, stand, lay down for a few minutes then have to start all over again. I took some Advil and almost all the pain went away. I'd gone in for test results the same day, it was still hurting some, and told the nurses about but they didn't say anything and didn't seem to worry about it. That was the only time it's hurt since then.

Dx 3/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 2/2 nodes Chemotherapy 6/4/2018 Surgery

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