To be safe I would see you PCP or your Oncologist. Is this underneath your collar bone? Is it warm to the touch, does that area have dicoloration like a bruise and does the area have any swelling? Sometimes a blood clot can form and cause the blood to back up in the veins in the arm, this can cause the veins to swell and the area to swell and ache. I am in no way saying that you have a blood clot, but what I am saying is that if I were you I would be safe rather than sorry and go have it checked out by one of your physicians. No matter what it is, it is causing you discomfort physically and because of your cancer background it is causing you mental anxiety. Please do the safe step and get it looked. Best wishes.
Adenocarcinoma, Lung Cancer Questions
LEFT SHOULDER PAIN
Asked by chrissy on Thursday, May 9, 2013
LEFT SHOULDER PAIN
i HAVE BEEN HAVING LEFT SHOULDER PAIN FEELS LIKE I AM PUSHING HARD ON A BRUISE WHEN I BARELY TOUCH IT. aNY IDEAS WHAT THIS COULD BE? hAS THE CANCER RETURNED TO THE LUNG?
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I have had pain like this for quite awhile. Hopefully you have better luck than I have because my doctors just blow it off. It is particularly painfull when my heart is racing-asked heart doc what is hurting here- his answer I don't know. I just deal with it. I have ct scan every three months and nothing has shown up so I just deal with it.
SueRae1 (Best Answer!)
Chemo can cause pain in your muscles and other parts of your body. I've had very saw legs and calves after being on carboplaitin, gemzar and avastian for 6 months. Speak with your oncology team and let them know what the issue is. They can see you and/or order tests to make sure everything is OK.
Of course speak with your ONC. But does it change if you move? If it does that can be a good sign that its a muscle. If the pain is constant even when moving or stretching then this needs to be looked at by the Onc.
I always tell my Radiologist that my back hurts so she gives me this wonderful massage. So now she is on to me..She smiles when I tell her I have pain in my back..I still get the massage.
Don't worry because it can be anything. So many parts of the treatment can cause this. Unless the fat lady has sung it just could be anything.
My left shoulder is in extreme pain that radiates down the left arm. Primarily the rotator cuff (Google that to see it) has problems from the surgery position they kept me in for 5 hours of surgery. The top half of my right lung was cut out with cancer.
The procedure is to tie your two arms together with a pillow between them and lay the patient on their left side exposing the right side above for the surgery. Then both arms are pulled hard above your head and tied up there for the duration--again--mine was a 5 hour session. You're laid down on a hard table for the surgery and pressed into during the procedure. The left shoulder supports this procedure and takes a serious beating (left hip gets some too).
Shoulder Cortisone shots and physical therapy help relieve pain. I'm 15 months from that cancer surgery and still have pain.