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Posted on: Dec 18, 2018 12:15AM

NBee wrote:

Has anyone on here experienced a bone fracture due to mets? Can you explain what it felt like, like what kind of pain it was and where it was located? I've been having a lot of pain and discomfort in my left shoulder and sometimes in my ribs. I have stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer and it has spread to some of my bones. I've had chemotherapy, a double, mastectomy, radiation, and more chemo.

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Dec 18, 2018 09:51AM candy-678 wrote:

I have not had a fracture yet, but you may find some answers on the "Bone Mets Thread". 

Found mets on CT for unrelated issue. I only had 2 treatments with IV chemo, then switched to hormone therapy/targeted therapy. Also using Xgeva injections for bone mets Dx 6/2017, ILC/IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 9/2017, ILC/IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to bone/liver, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Targeted Therapy Ibrance (palbociclib) Hormonal Therapy Femara (letrozole), Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy AC Surgery Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left
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Dec 18, 2018 12:09PM vlnrph wrote:

I wrote this on the Just Diagnosed With Metastases forum a couple months ago under the title ‘Muscle Strain’ turned out to be spine mets: Had a twinge in my back earlier this year after garden season began but it went away after a few weeks. When a similar sensation returned in August, I chalked it up to a recent trip out of town during which I lifted luggage, etc. This time both a walk-in clinic MD as well as my primary care doctor's NP diagnosed it as muscular however neither my home care remedies or their prescriptions made much difference once I became doubled over in pain.

A lumbar vertebrae had been crushed so I was admitted to the hospital until surgery could be scheduled. My fracture was easily visible on imaging. I required a 5 level fusion followed by rads.

Subsequently, weak spots in my thoracic area were treated on an outpatient basis with injection of bone cement to avoid further deterioration. Not sure whether that procedure would be attempted on ribs but you should certainly report your symptoms and be evaluated.

IDC too! 🎻💊👪🐩 🇫🇮 🌹🦋 Rt MX+DIEP 4-2011; ALND 5-2011 d/t micromets; TC X 4; tamoxifen; lymphedema 9-2011; switch to letrozole 3-2014 for 1 yr; bone mets 8-2018: Zometa, rads to spine, Faslodex/Versenio Dx 3/7/2011, ILC, 2cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 1/25 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 18, 2018 12:42PM blainejennifer wrote:

Do find the bone mets thread. A lot of information there.

But, what you are reporting is what my spine mets felt like, at first. It got worse, over time, so best to have it evaluated soon.

ER/PR+, HER2-, Grade 3. Stage 4, July 2012. Currently on Gemzar/Carboplatin Dx 5/2006, IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 4/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/2012, IDC, Stage IV, 4/12 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 6/27/2012 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 6/4/2013 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Chemotherapy 7/1/2014 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 8/14/2015 Femara (letrozole) Chemotherapy 1/31/2016 Halaven (eribulin) Chemotherapy 8/31/2016 CMF Chemotherapy 11/1/2016 Halaven (eribulin) Chemotherapy Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Gemzar (gemcitabine)

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