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Topic: Breast pain post radiation

Forum: Radiation Therapy - Before, During and After — What to expect from treatment and ways to cope with side effects.

Posted on: Apr 18, 2008 02:34PM

JoniB wrote:

I had a very easy radiation experience - no real burning, no pain, no fatigue.  Now four weeks after radiation, I am exhausted and my breast hurts.  Has anyone else experienced breast pain post radiation?  I saw my surgeon last week for a 4 month follow-up and I had no pain then and she said everything appeared normal.  The pain started this week (there were layoffs at work and I was so tense I did not call the radiology oncologist). 

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Apr 18, 2008 08:27PM lionessdoe wrote:

I am four weeks out of 6.5 weeks of radiation as of yesterday. I still have quite a bit of breast pain deep inside. Fatigue is three steps forward one step back. I have arm and breast lymphedema. Got it almost from the get go. Radiation can trigger lymphedema for the first time. If you had any lymph nodes removed please check out the lymphedema thread.

My breast is still hot to the touch. Hurts worse at the end of the day. Lymhedema massage helps with pain from lymphatic collection. But it's still cookin.

Doe Dx 9/5/2007, IDC, 1cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 2, 4/19 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Apr 19, 2008 01:34PM twirlgirl wrote:

3 weeks out from rads, suddenly MORE tenderness to the breast. some shooting nerve pain, of course and nipple now more tender as well. Breasts feel very "tired" at the end of the day and seem to want the bra off and the creams on!

I'm writing a blog about my cancer experience, www.myturnip.blogspot.com ~ Blessings, Tay Dx 11/1/2007, DCIS, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Apr 19, 2008 02:27PM VBG wrote:

Yes breast pain is a definite SE from Rads.  The rad onc doc told me that the rads can lead to necrosis of tissue but did not indicate that it can lead to swelling, pain, etc.  I am 18 months past rads and still have discomfort and sometimes pain. 

All the Docs that I spoke with about it seemed "surprised" that I had pain.  I had some heat of the skin and a bit of redness and a low grade fever for awhile, docs put my on anti biotics....this did not fix the problem either.

If pain persists down the line do insure that you follow up with the docs and ask for diagnostic testing to insure there is no infection or something else going on.  It is always better to push for answers if something does not seem right!


recurrence 12/07 IDC/ILC stage 1 grade 1 6mm; 4/29/08 bilat/recon/ooph chemo starts 6/11/08 Dx 5/21/2006, ILC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jun 9, 2008 09:36AM Connie07 wrote:

unfortunately, I'm glad to read that others have experienced this, as I'm 8 months out of rads and my breast is still quite sensitive and hurts if moved, which is pretty much anytime I'm not sitting still.

My 6 month check showed an all clear, Yay. But nothing about why it's painful. The discomfort seems to be getting worse and I notice it every single day, sometimes it's the first twinge of any kind of feeling I notice when I awake. My GYN said that it's not 'the norm' to still be so uncomfortable, so I bumped up my one year mammogram to next week and I don't want them to find anything, but I want to know why it hurts NOW?

It does not seem right. I've heard that word, "necrosis" but what exactly does that mean? 

12/09 Necrotic cyst in scar tissue. Punch Biopsy, NED. Sept. 2012, Lymphedema, truncal. Dx 6/6/2007, DCIS, 5cm, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+
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Jul 10, 2008 11:35AM Kevena wrote:

I am 6 mo post radiation.  My breast has hurt from the very beginning.  My mam was clear but my nipple is very thick and there is swelling/hardness on the underside of my breast.  My tumor was on the top.  My Dr has ordered Lyrica for the pain but insurance doesn't want to pay.  I have to try two other meds first (which have worse side effects) and if they don't work then I will get the Lyrica.  Unfortunately the first one is Nortriptyline an antidepressant that makes me very dizzy and tired.  I am only one week in and I have to use it for four weeks before calling it a failure.  I also take 800 mg of ibuprofen morning and night it seems to help a little, taking the sharpness out of the shooting pain.  I have gotten very good at reaching up and rubbing my collarbone to hid the fact that I am pressing on my breast.  Too many times I embarassed myself by grabbing my breast in the store, at work or at church.  I have a feeling this is something I will have to live with but like I tell anyone who asks, "It beats the alternative!"

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Jul 11, 2008 04:34PM Shirlann wrote:

Hi gals, I too had a very easy time with rads.  But about 3 weeks later I got terrible rib pain.  After a lot of fooling around I was diagnosed with Costochondritis, which is an inflammation of the meat between the ribs.  It lasted forever.  Dr. Susan Love suggests you pinch a hunk of skin and flesh in the area of the pain, and if it hurts, it is costochondritis.  But I would never use this test instead of getting something checked out by professionals.

The stabbing or electric like pains in the breast, I was told, are the nerve endings that were severed. This went on for several months.

Necrosis is just doc-speak for dead tissue, which is eventually re-absorbed by the body and is of no concern, of course, unless it is causing you pain.

Hugs, Shirlann 

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Jul 19, 2008 09:12PM KPolasek wrote:

An hour ago I took a Vicodin and began searching for answers to my breast pain.  On November 1, 2007 I had a lumpectomy.  My surgeon said that I was a stage one and I would only need radiation.  My incision broke open 3 times.  The first time I thought that I was bleeding to death.  They used steristrips ... after the 3rd time I put on butterfly strips and it finally sealed.  A hard lump began to form in the incision area.  On November 30, 2007 I met with my oncologist and this guy was a real trip .... he started out nice but then seemd to tun on me and his words began to indicate that he thought that I would not survive treatment ... that I was a stage 2a and that I would need chemo and radiation .... and all my hormone receptors were negative (I thought that was good at first).  This guy was a little over an hour from my home.  I went home and decided to find a compassionate oncologist which I did.  He told me the same thing as the other oncologist but he was very encouraging.  Instead of 3 rounds (what the fist doc said he would do), my new oncologist ordered 4.  I thought that I would die but survived that. 

I was told that radiation would be a walk in the park compared to chemo.  It was until the 4th week when a burn site appeared and then it was hell on earth.  I finished my radiation treatments the first week in May.  About 2 weeks ago the worst burn spot healed over.  However, my breast remain warm/hot to the touch, extremely painful at times (shooting pains and just plain old throbbing).  No over the counter or even the Vicodin helps with the pain. 

 Unfortunately, my breast are large .... I cannot wear a bra as it makes the pain worst .... I am miserable and have been in tears this evening because I am sick of it.  Sometimes I wish that I had, had a mastectomy (but I would have been extremely lopsided :o) and probably would have been prone to falling.  The funny thing about all this is that I was considering breast reduction surgery right before I was diagnosed.

 Thanks for reading my whiney story.  I really do try to be positive about it all .... but for some reason tonight I am really down.  Again, thanks.


Dx 10/22/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 22, 2008 06:44PM mzmiller99 wrote:

I'm just going for my second surgery due to positive margins and I don't know what type of radiation to do. With all the discussion about post rad pain, I wonder if internal is better than external. My tumor is on the left side, does whole breast radiation affect the heart more than partial? This is like a bad dream that I can't wake up from.

Susan IMRT 09/08, Oncotype DX 15, Aromasin 03/09 Dx 6/16/2008, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Jul 23, 2008 06:09AM Robin1 wrote:

I am also 6-7 months post rad (lumpectomy a year ago) and I am amazed (and comforted) by the common-ness of our symptoms relative to the doctors' reactions.  Why are they 'surprised' when it sounds like so many of us are having the same expereince???  I am acutely sore, have to ice twice a day to keep swelling down, and am taking Ibuprofen.  There's also a hardness on the underside which I think is the result of wearing an underwire bra or just from acute and constant swelling.  My nipple is stretched to the point that it will hardly behave like a nipple should, and I have to wear an iron running bra to go jogging.  And there is the constant worry:  what are the effects of this chronic inflammation on the breast tissue.  We all know that chronic inflammation is a 'BAD' thing.

I have also declined tamoxifen and am thinking about bioidentical hormone treatment.  Anyone have experience or interest here? 

Dx 6/1/2007, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 23, 2008 06:13AM Robin1 wrote:

Kevena - I'm right where you are!  What is Lyrica?

Dx 6/1/2007, IDC, Stage I, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jul 23, 2008 10:04AM twirlgirl wrote:

Robin have ou tried any alternative medicine for your swelling? I have had great success with Bromelain supplements (must be taken on an empty stomach, I take 1500 mg a day) and with Arnica, both internally and as a topical.

Just a thought. If you post about your swelling in the alternative therapy forum, I am sure many women will jump in with ideas. This is what (combined with ice) has worked for me through 3 breast surgeries and radiation. 

I'm writing a blog about my cancer experience, www.myturnip.blogspot.com ~ Blessings, Tay Dx 11/1/2007, DCIS, 1cm, Grade 1, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+
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Jul 24, 2008 08:30PM KPolasek wrote:

I am fair skinned and and very large breasted.  I did well with radiation until the 4 th week when the burning began.  I seem to have some good days .... and then there are the bad days.  My breast is red again, not too swollen, the area underneath my incision is very hard.  My grandson (2yrs) was handed to me one night and his little elbow accidentally jabbed my incision area ..... I think that, that is why I am hurting so badly.  That happened about two weeks ago.  I thought that we were not supposed to use ice or heat ..... was that only during the radiation?  I haven't tried an ice pack.  I see my general physician tomorrow and I plan to get him to check all this.

 One other thing ..... my elbow on the same side of my lumpectomy hurts.  A friend of mind had the same kind of cancer, same treatments at the same time .... including a thyroidectomy a week earlier than mine .... she said that her elbow hurts too .... anyone else?

Dx 10/22/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Aug 1, 2008 07:14AM noss wrote:

I finished radiation on 6/27 with very positive experiences. Everyone was amazed how well my skin reacted and I heal fast so it wasn't too bad. But now, about a month later, I am very sore around the scar. It doesn't feel like nerve pain but it does get better and worse through the day although it never goes completely away.

As for elbow pain, I have a spot just about my elbow with no feeling. My wonderful radiologist said that it's a side effect of surgery, probably some nerve damage, and it feeling should return in about six months.  

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Aug 28, 2008 11:50AM Kevena wrote:

Robin1  Lyrica is a nerve pain reliever advertised on TV for fybromyalgia sufferers.  My Primary care Dr thought it should help with the nerve pain from the surgery and radiation.  The Nortriptyline started to help with the pain after about three weeks and it lasted about two weeks.  Now I am starting to have the pains again.  It is so frustrating!  The dizziness has eased up a lot, now it is only occasional or if I stand up too fast or bend over for too long a period, it causes my blood pressure to be low which is why I get so dizzy.  I am hoping it will improve with time.  I really do not like taking drugs.

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Sep 3, 2008 04:42PM dlamb514 wrote:

Hi, I am 4 months post-radiation therapy for a 0.8 cm breast tumor (ductal carcinoma) - had a lumpectomy and 4 rounds of chemotherapy prior to the radiation.  I have found that most of my information has come from boards such as this one as I now realize I was not told what side effects to expect, etc.  I am quite large breasted and had also thought of doing breast reduction prior to my cancer, but unfortunately, after years of just normal fibrocystic changes on my mammos, I was diagnosed with this ductal carcinoma before actually doing any reduction surgery.  I am taking Femara daily 2.5 mg which I will be on for five years, per my oncologist.  I actually have very little scarring from my lumpectomy site with no pain whatsoever there.  I did, however, have all my lymph nodes on the left side removed as one looked 'suspicious' but came back from the lab normal.  I was told about the possibility of lymphedema on that side, but so far, have not had any problems with that.  I do, however, notice lately some dull achy pains coming from the incision site (lymph nodes).  I didn't have any issues prior to this - only the last month or so really.  I also am increasingly uneven (breast size wise) now.  At my 1 month followup after my radiation treatment, my breasts were pretty symmetrical.. now, over the months, the one I had surgery on has shrunk quite a bit. I mean, pretty noticeable when my clothes are off and even when I put a bra on, I notice my left one seems much smaller than the right.  Also, this left one is the one I had surgery & radiation on.. and it is very tender to the touch..  It feels swollen and tender.  My oncologist mentioned 'water' that may be retained still in that breast.  Does radiation make 'water' or fluid accumulate in that site?  It is so uncomfortable that I have to be careful when I lay on that side at night and I cannot even put that left arm above my head (like to sleep on my left elbow/arm) without a very taut stretching sensation and that dull achy pain ..  Is this normal? 

Oh yeah.. besides these odd sensations, the radiology group is trying to stick me with two weeks worth of radiation = to $16,000..  yeeha!  Seems when I went to my new job (with 2 weeks left of radiation to go), the gal at my prior job, did not submit all my paperwork to Cobra..  Go figure.   So, it's 'pain' all around for me.. LOL  OH.. not funny but what do you do..  

Thanks for your responses ahead of time.. :o)

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Sep 13, 2008 06:13PM MaryAnn-CA wrote:

Hi Everyone,  I am two and a half months past radiation and about 10 days ago, I developed soreness, shooting pains, a bit more redness to the skin on the radiated breast, and a seroma near my incision.  I am on antibiotics in case there is a mild infection.  I have had edema in this breast since right before radiation started and the radiation made it a bit worse.  It was a surprise to me that you could end radiation with a pretty good result and then develop problems a few months later.  Do others still have some redness to the skin on the radiated breast months after radiation?

Dx 11/12/2007, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Oct 14, 2008 11:08PM Kevena wrote:

Hi Everyone,  I wanted to update you.  I am now 10 mo post radiation and have been taking the Nortriptyline for almost 4 months.  It really has helped with the shooting nerve pain.  I now only get a twinge a few times a week rather than a few times a day.  A wonderful relief!  The side effects have gotten a lot better also.  I only get dizzy occasionally.  Although I must admit I miss having a cocktail every now and then.  There are some evenings when a Long Island Ice Tea just sounds wonderful.  My energy is rebounding and I am feeling pretty good.

MaryAnn-CA, I never got very red from the radiation.  I was using the "radi-a-gel" four times a day during rads and I think that really helped.  The last 5 rads were pretty intense and I got a "sun burn".  My Dr says the radiation continues to "cook" the breast for months which is why I had swelling and tenderness and the breast continued to change.  It seems to have stopped at this point.  I honestly think I have hit as low as I will go and am starting back up.  Yeah!! Kiss

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Oct 19, 2008 06:58AM SherriM wrote:

I just started radiation this week on Monday, and I'm already having pain in my breast.  I actually started having pain after my last chemo (Sept 11), and it had started to improve, but now it's started up again, only worse.  I haven't said anything to my rad onc cause the only thing he's talked about is skin burn.  Sounds like everyone posting so far is post-radiation--when did your pain start?  Did anyone else experience pain during the radiation tx, especially this early?  This is pretty scary.....


Dx 5/16/2008, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 20, 2008 07:48AM - edited Oct 20, 2008 07:55AM by JaeAnn

Shortly after surgery I developed pain from fluid build-up, so they say.  They didn't aspirate me due to increase chance of infection.  I remained in pain for my 7 weeks of radiation.  After radiation was done it started to subside.  I am now 6 weeks out of radiation when it has started all over again. My surgeon ordered an U/S which she said showed nothing.  She has me on 800mg ibuprofen 3x/day and 400iu of Vitamin E.  I am on my 4th day of this tx and nothing has changed the pain is still so alive.  What is strange is that I have extreme pain beside my nibble where it wasn't before. 


Dx 5/25/2008, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/0 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Oct 28, 2008 09:13PM Kevena wrote:

SherriM, What kind of pain are you experiencing?  Remember what your breast has gone through these last 5 months.  It really isn't surprising if you think about it.  You had surgery, then chemo and now you are starting to cook it with radiation.  That's a lot of trauma.  So again what kind of pain?  Dull, achy.  Tender to touch and movement or sharp shooting pain.  Each indicates a different kind of trauma.  I had a lot of tenderness to touch or movement at first due mostly to the surgery and not being totally healed before starting chemo.  Treatment included a lot of Vicodin and ibuprofen.  Hot packs also helped a lot.  Walking around the house without a bra and shirt also helped.  I also slept with a bed full of pillows to help keep my arm off of the breast.  The sharp shooting pain is from nerve damage done during surgery.  That is where the Lyrica or Nortriptyline come into play.  These are anti depressants that have been found to help with nerve pain.  Ask your Dr.  Remember, they really do want to help and they not only want to save your life but make it as pain free as possible.  I hope this helps.

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Oct 28, 2008 10:54PM Augustgirl wrote:

Hello- I am new to this site and wanted to share on this topic.

 I was diagnosed at age 28 with stage 2a invasive ductal breast cancer on Oct.10 2007. In this past year I have went through 7 months of chemo, bilateral mastectomy- lat flap procedure with reconstruction, and I just finished radiation last week. It was a late decision to get radiation after the pathology reports came back from my surgery. 

Anyway- i wanted to comment on the radiation b/c my skin is a mess right now!! Im so sore - have blisters, chaffing, peeling and now my skin is starting to scab over and smells foul (sorry I know thats gross). I went back to the dtr today to get it looked at and she is treating me with antibiotics for a skin infection even though they are not positive that is what it is. I too have the sharp twinges of pain in my breast, even though I had a mastectomy and now have an implant. I am now 29 and moving on with my life but am so down right now b/c of how my skin is feeling. I can't go to the gym b/c I cant put on a sports bra. I try to go with out a bra all the time and just wear loose tshirts which are now covered in aquaphor stains! I feel so gross.

I wanted to join this site to support others and thought perhaps some of you could help me as well.

Soooo, hi and good luck to everyone going through this unfortunate ordeal with me. :) We are all survivors though and that is the most important part!! 

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Oct 30, 2008 07:29PM kcpc wrote:

Augustgirl, your story makes me want to cry. You are way too young to have to go thru this. I've been feeling sorry for myself lately because my breast has been swollen and sore from lumpectomy and radiation a year ago but your pain level is way worse and I'm glad you've found this site. Everyone is so sympathetic and knowledgable. I've been on lots of websites and chat rooms but this is the one I always come back to.

One thing that really helped me and I still use often is Lidoderm pads. They're like big sticky notes impregnated with lidocaine that you stick on your breast for 12 hrs at a time. You couldn't use them now when you have open sores, but ask your doctor for a prescription when your skin heals up. For me, they give relief from soreness after exercise or just on those days when it hurts for no reason.  Also, have you thought about going to a dermatologist? Maybe that could help.

Augustgirl, hang in there. One of the most comforting things for me was my sympathetic radiation onc who just kept telling me "it will get better". It seems it takes forever, but there's a lot of people on this web site who've been through what you have and can give you hope. I hope you post often and you'll be amazed at all the support you'll get.

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Nov 2, 2008 07:43PM - edited Nov 2, 2008 07:45PM by entropyhappens

I just found this site....good discussions. I am a nubie at this but thought I'd share my experience and love to learn from others. On Oct 13th I finished 33 radiation treatments after a lympectomy for stage 1B ductal carcinoma at 59 yrs of age.  I am 3 weeks post treatment.  I used the radiogel 3-4 times a day all during my treatments. I took it to radiation with me and put it on immediately after treatment, a few hours later and before bed. I had no trouble until about 1/2 way through the boost treatments when the burn really progressed at the incision site and the nipple area shed skin and was open for a week or more. I used 1/2 water and 1/2 hydrogen peroxide to cleanse that area several times a day (used a small plastic cup and swished the breast in it like an eye cup effect) a couple times a day to avoid infection. After the wound closed (no foaming after above treatment) I started using Vit E oil (use oil only after done with radiaton). I am healing up pretty good now. I do have shooting pain in the nipple and deep in the breast that was treated. The rad. onc. said this will happen for a long time and maybe forever. Luckily it is something I can live with. He also said that mammograms will likely be painful due to tissue damage and fibrosis in the treated breast and he tells patients to use a pain killer the day of their mammogram. I won't have to do that for another 6 months....not looking forward to it. The onc. said to try Aleve since it last 8 hours vs Advil which lasts 4-6 hours for the muscle/joint pain and headaches I get from the Arimidex I am taking for the estrogen + tumor (zaps your Estrogen for post menopausal women).  I have a lot of numbness in the thumb and fingers of the side where lymph nodes (7) were removed and the side being radiated. This got bad after I started the radiation. I got some therapy to learn how to do massage for lymphedema but I don't have any swelling...just numbness. The rad.onc. doesn't think its due to what they have done.....any others have that experience. Its very annoying and its completely numb every morning. 

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Nov 4, 2008 08:23AM LindaLee wrote:

I ended my radiation 8 months ago. I still have breast tenderness and pain. Reading all of the posts helps me to see that it is normal. Radiation is bad for your body. A couple of months ago I had more discomfort than usual. I finally went to see my surgeon. He said that I had some fluid in there. I could feel the hardness. Got it aspirated 2 times. Feels much better now. The question that I would like to ask here in this forum is about diet. I have been on a plant based diet since the end of my radiation. I sought out a nutritionist mainly because I do not want to take hormones for 5 years. Too many side effects for me to worry about. From the nutritionist and my own research I have learned about the PH balance in our bodies. Cancer can not grow in an Alkaline environment. It does in an Acid environment. The only way to control that is by what we eat. When I first went to the nutritionist, my body tested very acid. Little by little I changed that by what I eat and don't eat. My body is now in a safe alkaline state. Side effect is weight loss. I have lost 25 pounds in the process. But that is not my reason for eating this way. It is a challenge because I like all kinds of food, but I would rather be healthy. Wish I would have known this years ago. I am 58 and feeling very good. My body is healing from the radiation little by little. I can't, with a good conscience, not mention my findings to you women and men who have experienced this shocking thing that happened to us. I just have to share it.

The happiest people don't have the best of everything...they just make the best of everything they have.
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Nov 4, 2008 08:34AM LindaLee wrote:

entropyhappens .....I am 8 months from my last radiation treatment and I still have numbness in my armpit and down the inside of my arm. It has improved, tho. So I guess it will eventually be back to normal. My hair in my armpit is just starting to grow back. The other day I took a 2 mile walk down the hill. It was a warm day, so I was perspiring alot. I happened to feel that my shirt was soaking wet under my good armpit. I felt the surgery side, it was as dry as a bone. So you see, our bodies have alot of recovering to do from the abuse of the radiation. I did some things too early on that I shouldn't have. I was hedging some bushes in the backyard. When I was doing it, it seemed ok. But I must have strained my muscles and nerves. And picking up my infant grandson when they were visiting messed me up. So, I decided to not try to be the macho person I had always been in my life. I decided to not use my left arm. Pretend I don't have a left arm. This has helped alot. Gives things a chance to heal.
The happiest people don't have the best of everything...they just make the best of everything they have.
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Nov 12, 2008 08:22PM entropyhappens wrote:

Is there a good reference for the alkaline diet?

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Nov 13, 2008 07:57PM amberyba wrote:

ladies, I can relate, I am 5 months post rads...but the hardness and soreness vary from day to day...I was a bit worried and went to the surgeon about some concerning areas on my bc breast...he told me the area near the SNB site was probably still sore....and I said yes...I have read that it can take anywhere from 6-12 months for swelling and soreness to lessen. my BC breast is still slightly larger than the non involved breast...was that way before cancer too. I remember after surgery telling one of the nurses that it was like getting a reduction to make my breast equal in size...

Also I have read that often women with BC will have one breast bigger than the other and this is something I just noticed several months before I found my lump....

August girl, you are so young, my younger sister was diagnosed 9 years ago at the age of 32, a few years older than you....It is hard for me to understand
BC developing at so early of an age. I really feel for you and hope you are doing well.

RADIATion is difficult.

God Bless all.


Amber Almond Dx 2/2008, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 14, 2008 05:41PM - edited Nov 14, 2008 05:42PM by AccidentalTourist

SherriM I was in pain from day one and have posted on this forum in August/September about that.  I think what made it harder is that doctors denied it had anything to do with what they were doing 'as if'.  One doctor told me that it was 'impossible', another that it was something I had done, another that it was my bra.  However this pain started when irradiation started and dropped down as soon as they stopped with it.  I was then almost pain free for several weeks and last few days it has started again although not as bad.  It is strange how it starts again for no particular reason.  It is not at all unbearable and it does not stop me from doing anything.  The worst thing about it is a reminder that 'it is not over'.

Dx 5/23/2008, IDC, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 15, 2008 03:39PM Shirlann wrote:

Oh yeah, as if radiation was not a known factor in many "side effects".  I guess they think if they tell you all the stuff that can happen, you would not do it.  But it is annoying when they deny every single thing when we know that it is from the radiation.

The good news is that most of these side effects do go away with time.  As Nena says, while not debilitating usually, these "reminders" are just that, reminders.

On we go, sisters, on we go.

Gentle hugs, Shirlann

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Nov 26, 2008 12:43PM JoniB wrote:

Hello everyone.  Happy Thanksgiving!  Hard to believe that I was diagnosed just around a year ago. I am the one that started this thread back in April and here I am in November still feeling breast pain in the radiated breast.  My one year mammo and ultrasound is next week and I am very nervous.  Since my mammo in July, I had three physical exams of my breast and none of the doctors felt anything out of the ordinary.  Then again, my breast cancer was not a lump - it was calcifications.  

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