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Topic: steroid injection for shoulder burstitis and LE risk

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Posted on: Mar 11, 2017 04:52AM

maria26 wrote:

has anyone safely had a cortisone injection in their upper back, mine is for scapula burstitis. I have mild lymphedema in my breast and armpit and obviously dont want to make it worse. The pain is getting me down so I would love to try the injection. I get conflicting advice from the drs. Some say very small risk of Infection some say no. My pain is between spine and shoulderblade on right b.c, side.

Any advice

Maria

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Mar 11, 2017 06:25AM Freya wrote:

Maria, I had a cortisone injection in my Ulna nerve ( elbow area) in my LE arm. It was a difficult choice, and I got lucky and had no problems because of it. I too had conflicting advice, and personally believe it is just the luck of the draw as to whether it will cause you issues or not. I took the risk because the pain was debilitating. Having said that, there was no guarantee the injection was going to work.

Good luck with your decision, and I hope you get some relief.

Dx 2009, ILC/IDC, Right, 6cm+, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, Grade 3, 14/22 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Mar 11, 2017 07:29AM doxie wrote:

maria,

That's a hard call.

My LE is in remission, but was like yours and also in the upper arm. About 4 years out from radiation, my LE calmed down. But during active LE, I had two surgeries and a cortisone shot on that side.

On the LE arm I had a cortisone shot in my thumb for trigger relief, then a year later had hand surgery for the trigger thumb. Before each, my thumb was inflamed from the pain. Not sure if this was LE or something else, because it remained only there. At any rate within two months of each I was both pain free and had no swelling in the thumb. The only infection was what I got from my two recent surgeries, localized at the stitches. Interestingly the other was nipple reconstruction on my LE breast. That swelling took six months to go down. It stretched from the breast through the upper arm, but still mild.

It's true there is no guarantee the cortisone shot will work, nor last. Mine did for a year until the pain and triggering came back. Being pain free and regaining an areola, to me were worth the risk even though I had mild LE.

Dx 8/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/2/2011 Lumpectomy: Right Hormonal Therapy Aromasin (exemestane) Radiation Therapy Chemotherapy Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
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Mar 21, 2017 02:05PM Katiejane wrote:

Maria, I have a completely torn rotator cuff on my LE arm. My LE extends under my arm and completely around my back and chest to the other arm. I have seen 2 different Ortho's regarding the pain and possible surgery to repair my rotator cuff. I also spoke to my surgeon who did my DIEP and lymph node transfer. One surgeon said it wouldn't be a risk to have surgery or and injection, one surgeon said no way-he would not do surgery or an injection, and my reconstruction surgeon spoke to many Ortho's in her area and all said they would never do either procedure on a LE patient--period! I have chosen to live with the pain and limited use of my arm. Unfortunately, if I over use my arm it swells from the shoulder inflammation on top of my LE swelling. Kind of a no win situation but I have accepted it and moved on. Just another gift from the cancer journey!

I wish you well and please let us know what you decide and the outcome! Best of luck!!! Katiejane

Dx 6/13/2007 Dx 6/13/2007, ILC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 30, 2017 05:17PM - edited Oct 30, 2017 05:18PM by JO-5

Maria,

Trying to pm you.......Look at your pm's. My email notifications have not been working, so maybe yours are not either.

JO-5

Org dx 04 lumpectomy rads arimidex stage 1 grade 3 no nodes er+pr+her- 2014 rads induced angiosarcoma, wide excision 2015 angio recurrence, rt mast. Lat flap, 1/3 flap went necrotic, skin graft leg to chest Seeing dr every 3 to 6 months.
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Oct 31, 2017 09:21AM maria26 wrote:

Joanne, i have received all the pms and 2 emails where you asked me to let you know if I had got them. Replied to them all. Am getting my noticiations ok as well. I am now receiving the e mails you sent. I think the 1 being left out of my e mail address was the problem. I dont understand why you are not getting my replies. I have replied again today just now it is 2.20 uk time on the 31st to the pms and the latest e mails. I think the spooks are surely out today something is messing with our correspondence.


Take care




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Oct 31, 2017 09:47AM JO-5 wrote:

Ha....could be spooks! ....I did read that it could be either my mal ware or yours....kicking it out because they think it is spam.

We will work it out. I did get your PMs and am getting email notifications. Still waiting for emails.

We will figure this out.

JO-5

Org dx 04 lumpectomy rads arimidex stage 1 grade 3 no nodes er+pr+her- 2014 rads induced angiosarcoma, wide excision 2015 angio recurrence, rt mast. Lat flap, 1/3 flap went necrotic, skin graft leg to chest Seeing dr every 3 to 6 months.

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