Asked by little_fut on Thursday, February 21, 2013


    I have pain in my breast (one with cancer) and have been getting pains in lower abdominal (same side ) and kidney(opposite side) area. be authorized by ins company. I tire easily, forget things all the time, etc. Are these pains and other stuff a part of normal cancer symptoms or are they more stress related? Also, I'm apparently a stress eater and have gained approx 6 lbs in the last month how can I stop all this eating? I know Not knowing why everything is taking forever is contributing to my depressed state of mind.
    I want all of you on this site to know how glad I am to have found you and all the gr8 answers I got to my last question. I am so happy you are all here. BLESS YOU ALL!

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    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Have you had any treatment yet for the cancer? If so, some of that pain may be from your treatment. However, in any case, you should let your doctor or oncologist know about the pain you are having.
      Good luck, hope you get some relief soon.

      over 3 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      I agree with Nancebeth, some of these pains could be related to your cancer. Some may not. Sounds like a discussion with your oncologist is in order. Maybe a CT Scan to see if anything is going on.

      over 3 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      And please know how glad we are to have you here. It is quite possible that these pains are from stress and anxiety, but I would point them out to your oncologist. Since your profile indicates that you are newly diagnosed and have not started treatment yet, the fatigue and forgetfulness may just be exacerbated by stress as well. I think this phase between diagnosis and starting treatment is probably the hardest psychologically for most people.

      over 3 years ago
    • kathykkl's Avatar

      I had no problem asking my doc for something for depression and anxiety. Now that the surgery is over and I've had my 2nd chemo i'm a lot less nervous...the meds have helped a lot...let your docs know how upset you are and they will certainly understand and help you out with the stress you're under. We've all been on this emotional roller coaster and you're having a very normal emotional response to you're diagnosis. I promise you it gets easier to handle.

      over 3 years ago
    • kathykkl's Avatar

      When I was first diagnosed I did very little except eat like a hog, sleep, cry, whine, and reassure everyone else that I'd be ok. Guess we're on the same journey. I tend to eat and nest when I'm upset too. Please let your closest loved ones know how upset you are and allow them to help you through this tough time..and ask your docs for help with the anxiety and depression.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear little_fut,

      Re your pain, it's important to discuss it with your doctor, i.e., your breast surgeon. I'm a (retired) Medical Librarian and so don't offer Medical advice but referrals to medical professionals and literature - books, journals, etc. It sounds as though you are under a great deal of stress however and sometimes that can cause what is known as "referred pain". However, only your doctor can make that assessment!! Gaining weight can come from a variety of sources at this time.. I don't know enough about your cancer from your profile to see if you are Estrogen receptor +, and your age, so I don't know if you might be menopausal (which could potentially be a source for your weight gain, and I don't know if that were the case if you were placed before your diagnosis (as I was) on Hormone Replacement Therapy (which caused me to gain a lot of weight even though I was only on it for three weeks). I wish I'd never taken it. There are many different factors which could cause weight gain at this time and again, only your doctor is qualified to assess which one is the one that's the likely cause. Perhaps she/he can refer you to a nutritionist when it's figured out.

      There are a few books I can recommend to you which may be helpful. One is called "Crazy Sexy Cancer" There's also Crazy Sexy Survivor, and then there's Crazy Sexy Diet" but I'd recommend you talk to your doctor before going on a diet and exercising because I don't know what stage you're at in your treatment.

      One of the ways you can stop eating is to find other ways to distract yourself. Visit with friends, go shopping (if you have the energy), go to your house of worship if you have one, join a bookgroup (there's an online one called goodreads.com, learn a new language, take art classes, go out with friends and order a salad and share a dessert.

      I'm happy to help you. If you need more ideas or want more titles, feel free to contact me.

      I wish you peace, happiness, and good health,


      over 3 years ago

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