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Topic: Pain Months after Lumpectomy/Radiation

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Posted on: Nov 13, 2019 12:51PM

kec1972 wrote:

Is it normal to have pain on the side of the lumpectomy/radiation? On and underneath the breast, and in the ribs? I just feel like the entire side of my chest hurts.

Dx 12/17/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 1/7/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 2/20/2019 Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 13, 2019 04:19PM DorothyB wrote:

I have not had that. I would get it checked out so that you can have peace about it.

Diag. 4/19/2019 ER+ PR+ HER2 neg Lumpectomy 5/29/2019 IDC w/ DICS 2.0 cm Grade 3
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Nov 13, 2019 05:15PM Euphoriaa wrote:

I have finished rads a month ago. I have pain and tight muscles, also a burning pain that runs through my arm to my fingers. My SO said it can take up to 2 or 3 years to heal rads damage ­čś¬

Dx 9/24/2018, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 1, 1/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes, Chest wall Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Nov 14, 2019 01:46AM Prahan wrote:

Yes me too experiencing the same

Dx 3/18/2019, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 3/27/2019 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/7/2019 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/8/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin)
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Nov 14, 2019 11:00AM MinusTwo wrote:

I'm 5 years our from rads after ALND. My RO told me I would have to exercise & stretch every single day for the rest of my life or the nerves & muscles would pull back like a rubber band. I would make a doc appointment about the pain running down to your fingers

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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Nov 14, 2019 11:12AM S3K5 wrote:

kec1972, yes it is normal to have some pain after the treatments are over. I remember taking Ibuprofen/tylenol which helped with the pain. As others have suggested, stretching exercises do help.

Did you have the lymph nodes removed on the side of your lumpectomy? I had slight lymphedema after radiation, so I had to wear a compression sleeve.

S3K5 Chemotherapy 4/15/2008 AC + T (Taxol) Dx 4/19/2013, IDC, 3cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 2, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy 9/6/2016 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 10/1/2016 Other
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Nov 14, 2019 03:08PM letsgogolf wrote:

I hope it is normal because I have pain nearly 3 years after lumpectomy and radiation. It's a tight, uncomfortable feeling and I can't wait to take my bra off at the end of the day. I probably should be doing more stretching.

Oncotype DX = 3. IDC with Lobular Features. Sentinel Node had Micrometastases - Estrogen 100%, Progesterone 99.89%, Ki67= 3.3% Dx 2/14/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/5/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/31/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy
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Nov 14, 2019 08:24PM kksmom3 wrote:

I am within 2 weeks of my one year anniversary from radiation. My breast is still achey and sore. They even sent me to PT last March, she said I do not have lymphedema, which of course is good, and gave me stretching exercises to do. I did them religiously at first, but really, it doesn't seem to help. I should try to make it a priority again tho. I do also always massage my radiated areas with coconut oil twice a day. I don't know if the pain is from rads or the lumpectomy or both, in which the surgical area was a centimeter under my nipple, an extra sensitive spot. I have tried OTC meds and nothing really helps. Aleve and Advil take the edge off it a little. I find I am more comfortable with a bra on, but I'm still dying to take it off after work! I really hope it gets better. It's' slightly better than last Feb and March. Funny, because it did not hurt until 2 months post lumpectomy.

Dx 8/8/2018, DCIS/IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 9/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Nov 15, 2019 06:15AM letsgogolf wrote:

When I mentioned the pain to my doctor in the year after my procedures she explained it as a train wreck in there. I had 2 different types of biopsies prior to my lumpectomy and several samples taken. I was black and blue even up to my surgery which was a month after the samplings. Add that to the stuff they did on surgery day and then for 2 months after. I can feel scar tissue in both the node area and lumpectomy area and it is always mentioned in my mammogram reports. Guess I should not be shocked that after all that trauma the area has been damaged and continues to hurt.

Oncotype DX = 3. IDC with Lobular Features. Sentinel Node had Micrometastases - Estrogen 100%, Progesterone 99.89%, Ki67= 3.3% Dx 2/14/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/8 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/26/2017 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 4/5/2017 Whole-breast: Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 5/31/2017 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy
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Nov 16, 2019 01:28AM MinusTwo wrote:

kk - my RO told me I would have to stretch EVERY DAY for the rest of my life to counter the radiation damage. Apparently those muscles, nerves, skin, etc. are like a rubber band once they have been radiated. If you don't keep stretching, they will pull back.

I had to stop my regular exercise for two weeks due to cataract surgery. I can already feel the difference and it's not comfortable.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014

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