• I am finished treatments and I am now having headaches on my left side..could this be my cancer is now in my brain?

    Asked by sewfun928 on Sunday, September 30, 2012

    I am finished treatments and I am now having headaches on my left side..could this be my cancer is now in my brain?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Highly unlikely. If breast cancer metastasizes it is usually to the lungs, kidneys, or bones. Your headaches could be a latent side effect of your treatments or it could be totally unrelated.

      over 8 years ago
    • lynn1950's Avatar

      I am wondering if you have started any new medications - Tamoxifen, for example? This could be the source of your headaches. It is so common to worry that our cancer has returned and is especially so right when active treatment is finished. Please talk to your oncologist about your headaches. xoxoxo

      over 8 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      One of the things in this alternate reality of living with cancer is that all of us no matter how long we have lived with it, we all jump to the thought that new things are cancer. We search our partners for odd moles and lumps. Its very understandable and in many cases very real, this is why we must have Dr's who understand and listen to us. A cancer patient/survivor will come to know every change happening. It will get easier but don't dismiss your feelings, you know better than anyone what is going on. Please talk to your Dr and be good to yourself. Tracy

      over 8 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      My back hurts, could that be canccer? I have pains in my stomach, could that be cancer? My leg hurts, could that be cancer? These are thoughts that have crossed my mind since completing treatment. Chances are pretty good that your headaches are the result of the WAR you just fought. I hope they get better!!

      over 8 years ago
    • ruthieq's Avatar

      It could be the meds you are on now. My onc told me that if they are unrelenting pains or lasting (intermittently) longer than 2 weeks to let her know. Otherwise it is probably not related to cancer. It isn't easy living with this constant fear of the cancer coming back. Many Drs liken it to post traumatic stress syndrome. We certainly have gone through a traumatic time and stress post this fight is certainly there. hugs, check out the drugs situation and let your PCP know.

      over 8 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Ugh! All survivors do this sometimes! I started getting headaches every day. Turns out it is degenerative disc disease in my neck. It never hurts to mention any aches or pains to your doctor though. In my head my cancer has metastasized everywhere in my body! Not! I bet you are fine & this is a side effect of something else, even stress, but check it out to alleviate your fears. Good luck!

      over 8 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      I had headache issues as well after I finished chemo and was concerned. My onc ordered a MRI of my brain and it shows that I have migraines. I never had migraines before chemo, so the migraines were probably brought on by the chemo. As the chemo effects are subsiding somewhat, the headaches are improving a little bit. I can live with migraines. If you are worried you should get an MRI and see what it shows.

      over 8 years ago
    • MarnieC's Avatar

      I am a massage therapist and I can tell you that frequently headaches are just caused by sore neck muscles on the affected side. Trigger points can develop to cause headaches. I had breast cancer too - 8 yrs ago - and for at least 2 years every ache or pain I had made me think "it" was back. Don't blame you for feeling that way! Nancyjac is right though - BC usually metastasizes to lungs, liver or bones. I would start by seeing a qualified massage therapist and see if he/she can help you with your headaches. Are they severe? Debilitating (as in you can perform your usual daily things) or just annoying?

      over 8 years ago
    • sewfun928's Avatar

      Marnie, I did have a massage and was told i had lots of tightness and tension in my shoulders and neck, maybe I should continue going. Thanks

      over 8 years ago

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