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    Valentinegirl asked a questionBreast Cancer

    Underarm pain

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      mofields

      Could be anything. Try doing some self massage first - use your first two fingers and rotate in the area 5 times. I do agree with Jouska, if it persists for more than a couple weeks - make an appointment either with your local doc or your oncologist.

      26 days ago
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      msesq

      I had underarm pain, saw my oncologist who thought it was lymphodema. I found a PT expert in lymphodema massage and was fine after a few sessions. Like Jouska and mofields said check with your MD first. Good luck.

      26 days ago
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      Charnellf

      I have had severe underarm pain for over 2 years. Did therapy with a lymphodema specialist, did other therapy for over 2 years. Pain got so bad, they actually did another surgery but were unable to find anything. I am getting nerve blocks regularly. Wish pain would go away. Hugs, and Merry Christmas to you.

      26 days ago
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    Letrazole side effects

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      JJoy

      I was treated successfully for depression until I was put on Letrazole then tamoxifen . I stopped both but the depression lingers and I fear the hormone blockers have damaged me permanently. My journey with breast cancer was not nearly as bad as the depression I am experiencing now.

      4 months ago
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      ChicagoSandy

      I’m glad that Wellbutrin XL/bupropion, my long-term maintenance antidepressant (a selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, or SDRI) doesn’t interfere with letrozole’s enzymatic pathway the way it would tamoxifen’s—before cancer, I had tried Effexor with very poor results (nausea, anxiety, little impact on depression). I may be stressed by cancer, but at least my biochemical depression has been held at bay. I’ve found Wellbutrin to be totally “transparent,” i.e., no side effects, and it has always helped me resist cravings. (That’s why it’s prescribed, as “Zyban,” for smoking cessation).

      4 months ago
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      JJoy

      I've always kept my depression under control with abilify. I'm not sure just an antidepressant would work for me. My psychiatrist tells me I need the mood stablizer. I am just wondering how long I can go without therapy before the cancer returns. See my oncologist in a month. Hope he has a solution.

      4 months ago
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    Valentinegirl asked a questionBreast Cancer

    On-going fear of cancer spreading

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      barryboomer

      All the Oncologist around here are in Private Practice.

      over 1 year ago
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      fiddler

      Thank you for posting this question. I have wondered a lot over the last week if anyone else is always thinking about the cancer returning. Now I know - they are! The thoughts are so scary - isn't that what "the other one wants" - to get us fearful?

      I'm going to figure out some way to interrupt the thought - maybe as soon as it comes into my mind I'll get a drink of water or walk up and down the stairs in the house. Maybe the space created by the interruption will get bigger and bigger until I don't think of it anymore. Worth a try....

      over 1 year ago
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      Ejourneys

      I just read this, written by someone with metastatic BC. Might be helpful:
      http://www.tamiboehmer.com/2015/05/the-other-shoe-the-waste-of-worry/

      over 1 year ago
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