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Topic: Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Surgery On The Cancer Side?

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Posted on: Jun 11, 2018 06:35PM - edited Jun 11, 2018 06:49PM by Lula73

Lula73 wrote:

Pretty sure my rotator cuff is tearing. I've had some shooting pains straight through the shoulder from front to back at rest for awhile now. Then multiple times today I couldn't reach out in front of me, lift my arm or hold onto anything of any weight with my right arm/shoulder. Searing pain when I'd try. I haven't had any lymphedema, but scared to death a surgery would trigger it. Anyone have shoulder/rotator cuff surgery on their cancer side and done well?

-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 05:46AM - edited Jun 19, 2018 06:49AM by TWills

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Dx 11/2016, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/14 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/12/2016 Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Chemotherapy 2/2/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/9/2017 Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Radiation Therapy 7/30/2017 Whole-breast: Breast, Chest wall Surgery 8/27/2017 Hormonal Therapy 11/8/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 3/2/2018 Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap
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Jun 27, 2018 11:34AM Katiejane wrote:

Lula73, I have a complete tear of my rotator cuff on the right shoulder and what you are describing sounds all to familiar. Unfortunately, my right side is where my LE is the worst. They tell me now that it is far to damaged to be surgically repaired and that I am in need of a shoulder replacement! Of course, that’s not going to happen so I have learned to live with it. Your concern regarding the triggering of LE is very legitimate. The first surgeon that I went to kept trying to convince me that my arm would be wrapped in bandages all the time and that would suffice for compression for the lymphedema. They just didn’t get it. So I never have had mine repaired and now it’s gotten so bad they say it needs replaced. You’re kind of caught between a rock and a hard spot. I hope some more feedback to come in on the subject as I have tried and tried to find out what I could do to help myself. Also, if this is any consolation once each muscle attachment tears completely it doesn’t hurt half as bad. Good luck with your decision. If you move forward with this please let us know how you are doing! KatieJane

PS—-as with any injury you are going to have swelling. I do which only contributes to even more fluid on top of the LE

Dx 6/13/2007 Dx 6/13/2007, ILC, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 3/28 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 27, 2018 11:36AM Lula73 wrote:

thank you Katiejane!

-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 29, 2018 09:22PM Morwenna wrote:

Well first thing would be to establish that it is in fact a rotator cuff tear as arm/ shoulder pain can have various causes.

See a PT but you may have to remind them that you need to avoid modalities such as heat that increase the blood to the area as that can make Lymphedema worse or trigger it if your lymph system is compromised.

Ultrasound imaging is a pretty reliable and simple first step for diagnosis

Dx 11/8/2012, IDC, 6cm+, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, 1/11 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Surgery 11/23/2012 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left Surgery 12/12/2012 Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 1/9/2013 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 7/22/2013 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 1/6/2015 Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Free TRAM flap; Reconstruction (right): Free TRAM flap
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Jul 5, 2018 03:30PM flowergal wrote:

Hi Lula, I had a shoulder injury that was dx a strain by my PCP in Jan . then along came IDC and surgery and radiation . i finally saw an ortho guy who only does shoulders and he dx a rotaotr cuff tear. A couple weeks ago I got a steroid shot in the shoulder and I think it might be helping and I am resuming PT with my lymphedema therapist. Perhaps you need to see a specialist who could de xrays, MRI if needed and discuss conservative tx before considering surgery. Good luck. to you.

Dx 1/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy Arimidex (anastrozole)

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