• has anyone experienced strong back pain almost a year after finishing treatment (chemo and radiotherapy)????

    Asked by Maritza on Friday, September 28, 2012

    has anyone experienced strong back pain almost a year after finishing treatment (chemo and radiotherapy)????

    11 Answers from the Community

    11 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Why do you think your current back pain has anything to do with unrelated treatment a year ago? Have you been to your primary physician about the back pain? It could be cause by 100 different things that have nothing to do with chemo or radiation.

      about 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Every single time I feel an ache or a pain the thought crosses my mind "could the cancer be back". Don't dwell on it though. It's best to just have it checked out by a Dr. Good Luck to you.

      about 8 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I fell pain right below my left shoulder blade. Not sure if it's from surgery, radiation, or chemo, I wear a D/DD cup, and I could not wear a decent bra for over a year after radiation finished. the skin was still healing. The pain start up again when I started infusions in May. It's tolerable most days. I was told I had a stretched attachment ligament over 10 years ago. But the right bra strength training mostly Pilates and Yoga, seemed to keep it check.

      about 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Hi, so sorry you are experiencing discomfort. I am an oncology nurse and that is a. Common complaint after radiotherapy. That type of treatment can thin the bones of the supporting frame and/or exacerbated a nearby nerve. You might try ibuprofen or naproxen. If it relieves the pain then most likely it is skelatal pain. If there is swelling on a nerve it will help bring down the swelling.

      about 8 years ago
    • Heather's Avatar

      Yes muscle and bone pain. I rely on ice/heat/meds. But do tell your doctor! Good luck!

      about 8 years ago
    • LuvinSis' Avatar

      Would you/could you consider reduction surgery? Made a world of difference for me, but I haven't been fighting the battle you have. I'm sure additional surgery may not be your first choice.

      about 8 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      Tell your oncologist... I've had back pain from childhood... I climbed cliffs near Lake Erie, I crawled at will, with my brother through homes under construction... I fell a few times... My back surgeon told me I had one of the worst backs he'd ever seen. Thank God I did, he ordered an MRI prior to backsurgery and found my ovarian cancer...... Keep on top of it and then relax.

      about 8 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Careful with using heat. Heat draws blood to the site, an increased blood flow. This will increase the throbbing. Good Luck, Carm :>)

      about 8 years ago
    • Jay's Avatar

      Maritza I don't mean to be an alarmist but I had the same kind of pain and it turned out to be several fractured vertebrae due to radiation caused osteoporosis. Be sure you're taking good care of your back and other bones. See your doctor, get and ex ray and a bone scan to see if you need to be on some kind of osteoporosis treatment. No one told me about this awful side effect and I wish they would have. It could have saved me a year or more of horrible pain. I'm OK now. They will heal but the doctors won't (of course) guarantee anything. I hope this isn't what is going on but check it out. Jay

      about 8 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Get it checked to relieve your anxiety. My back pain turned out to be degenerative disc pain & I am doing physical therapy now. I have osteoporosis too, but that isn't the cause of pain. Same in my neck. Always good to let our docs know. If you take an Aromatase Inhibitor, that can cause pain too. Good luck!

      about 8 years ago
    • ErinJ's Avatar

      I stuggle with lower back pain too and osteoporsis, but be sure to see your oncologist and have it evaluated.
      May your day be blessed~ej

      almost 8 years ago

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