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Posted on: Jul 6, 2007 02:55AM

boobbuster wrote:

As most of you know, I've been on a chemo break since May 23 (my last infusion). Since that time I've developed pain in my elbow and lower arm and now my jaw. I can't chew on my right side and I can't hold anything heavy with my right arm. My next appointment is next week and I'll have scans and they have chemo scheduled just in case there is progression. I've never had bone mets and I'm praying that there isn't any new developments. Do you think I should call my OC and let him know about the bone pain or just wait and tell him on Monday? He's only ordered a CT of my chest, abdomen and pelvis. Has anyone had jaw pain that developed into mets? God is able, Stephanie

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Jul 6, 2007 04:19AM jacqniel wrote:

I was so hoping you would have an uneventful break! Drat!

Jaw pain and arm pain can be a sign of heart problems. Considering your recent brush with heart disease I would suggest calling your onc or card immediately!

I have bones mets, and I have had jaw pain - but the two have never been connected. I think my jaw pain is connected with low grade infections that I am prone to on my chemo.

If it proves to not be your heart, I suggest you discuss with your onc the possibility that the pain might be an infection and ask for antibiotics.

Please keep me informed, Stephanie - you are in my prayers. Jacque
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Jul 6, 2007 04:40AM LuAnnH wrote:


I immediately thought of heart problems also when I read your heading. Both my parents died of heart disease and I am very aware of warning signs of the heart. I would call a doctor today (whoever you see for your heart) and not wait til next week. My bone mets have never caused pain in my arm or jaw. The pain I have had in my arms have been related to my RA and hormonals I take. Take care and let us know how you are.

LuAnn -- Dx 7/2/2006, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Jul 6, 2007 05:23AM jacqniel wrote:

Another thought - which side is your port on? Infections in the port can cause jaw and arm pain.

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Jul 6, 2007 07:20AM boobbuster wrote:

My jaw and arm pain are both on my right side. The arm pain is limited to the elbow and has been aching for about 4 weeks with various levels of pain. The jaw pain is right behind my right ear. I'll call the OC Nurse and let her know. I think you're right with the past heart problems it warrents a call. Thanks, God is able. Stephanie

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Jul 6, 2007 07:47AM jonimb wrote:

You might just have a bit of lymphedema. Xeloda is sometimes known to cause jaw pain. Or you might just have something like bursitis or tendonitis.

Call your onc, but if you're seeing him Monday I think that will be fine.

Big hugs to you.

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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