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Posted on: Jun 30, 2007 09:32AM

calex wrote:

Has anyone experienced bone pain weeks after chemo ended? I was dx Stage II 8/06; lumpectomy, axillary dissection & re-excision 9/06; dose-dense chemo (A/C then Taxol) 10/06-1/07; 7 weeks of radiation 2/07-3/07; started tamoxifen 4/07. Hip pains started about 4 weeks post-chemo (mid-Feb) - severe but short-lived pain on movement (eg standing up). Rad-onc said that was a typical post-chemo experience but I cannot find any info anywhere confirming that. 4 mos later, pain continues and has changed somewhat - less severe on motion, more common at night, eg when I sleep on my side; worse on left side than on right. Now also having severe lower back pain 2-4x/day, lasts 30-60 mins., akin to what I had years ago with fibroids, if anyone knows what that feels like. Med-onc said pain that was symmetrical and not 24/7 was not worrisome but I could get a bone scan just to set my mind at ease (annoying). Am scheduled for bone scan in 2 weeks but wondering if anyone else has had similar experience and how it turned out. Thanks!

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Jun 30, 2007 10:32AM Shepgirl wrote:

Not to scare you but 2 months after chemo, I experienced slight hip bone pain, I was told the same thing! We all exhibit pain in diff ways. Mine was just one day of not really severe pain and then fractured the femur/left hip next day just jumping off a tailgate. Okay now that was severe pain! DX with widespread bone mets (from bone scan) next day. Surprise! Suprise! guess the pre-chemo scans missed it!

Odds are in you favor this is not the case; BUT get the bone scan.
Dx 12/23/2004, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 2/22 nodes, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2-
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Jun 30, 2007 10:56AM jonimb wrote:

I have bone pain, but I think mine is from the Tamoxifen. I also have stiffness in my joints...wrists and hips. I just had a bone scan in May, so I believe it's either the chemo finishing (end of April) or Tamoxifen.

Get a bone scan to rule out anything, but it could be the same as me.

My doctor has also prescribed Vitamin D & Calcium to take.

Joni, Chestermere, Alberta, Canada
Joni, Chestermere, AB, Canada, Today is the BEST day of my life EVER!! Dx 9/25/2006, IDC, 4cm, Grade 3, 1/15 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-

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