• Breast cancer metastasis ... how would I know if it came back In my bones?

    Asked by sunshyne on Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Breast cancer metastasis ... how would I know if it came back In my bones?

    Elbow area down to fingers ache all the time. paranoid or should I contact oncologist ? 9 Months post chemo , bilateral mastectomy.

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    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      That type of pain is described by a lot of people. Part of the side effects. But anytime I have something that I don't know for sure wht it is, I call and describe it. It may be nothing, and usually is, but if they think it's something to worry about then they can do some tests.

      Try not to worry about it too much, I know it's hard not to, but lot's of people describe that pain. Still call your doc.
      Hope your doing well otherwise.

      almost 6 years ago
    • theresarae's Avatar

      There are so many side effects from the meds that it is hard to tell. If you explain the pain, your Oncologist may order some x-rays. This way the Dr. can tell whether its good ole arthritis settling in or something else. Don't worry. It could be a lot of other things.

      almost 6 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Your oncologist should be following up with periodic blood tests or scans to look for any changes. You arm pain could be peripheral neuropathy, lymphadema , osteoarthritis, tendonitis or any one of a number of other things that may or may not be related to your cancer treatment.

      almost 6 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      It is so hard to know which pains to worry about. We worry about them all. I believe it's important to let your oncologist know about anything out of the ordinary. I had a bone scan soon after I had completed surgery, chemo, and radiation and it helped put my mind at rest about the aches and pains I was experiencing.

      almost 6 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      Any pains lasting (and continuous) for more than 2 weeks they want to know about. That being said, do you have swelling in this arm, or did you have any lymphnodes removed under the arm on this side. What you are describing could be any number of things, but the first that comes to mind is lymphedema, which happens when the nodes are not there to handle the lymphatic return in that arm. It can cause very subtle swelling that you may not notice, but definitely can cause the pain from the elbow to fingers like you describe. Call your doctor and relate this info to them and see what they think. It is definitely not Bothering them...that's what they are there for.

      almost 6 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      My guess is it is something else, but always mention any symptom to your oncologist. You can usually call and speak with a nurse too if that makes you feel better. I have survived colon and breast cancer. I think we all worry a bit when we have any new ache or pain. A headache is brain mets, a backache must be bone mets, my bronchitis surely means cancer has spread to my lungs! It is what we do sometimes. So try not to stress yourself, but do mention new symptoms. As we get older, there seems to be some new ache or side effect here and there anyway. And, I had no symptoms with either of my cancers! Go figure. Good luck to you.

      almost 6 years ago
    • ErinJ's Avatar

      I know it is hard not to let every ache and pain linger in the back of your mind. I am a six year survivor and for the first two years I had PET/CT scans every six months. Then I did some research on the amount of radiation in that and the increased risk of other cancers associated with it! Now I have six month check-ups and tell my doctor everything I am feeling to see if it is a concern. Remember, metastatic breast cancer that returns in the bones does not usually travel to extremities before being diagnosed in the areas closer to the breast: the back and ribs. That said, if you are in between visits and have a pain that is severe enough to wake you up at night, call your doctor right away to discuss.

      almost 6 years ago
    • sheila56's Avatar

      I am two years out and my oncologist is still taking blood every three months and he told me I could have this done as long as I wanted to. So maybe ask your oncologist if he can test your blood to check your levels and then you would know if something is amiss.

      almost 3 years ago

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