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mhwmns

mhwmns

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Subject:Breast cancer and arm pain

I had surgury in August 2009. 7 weeks of rad treatment.  During this time I started having arm pain.  Certain movements(like pulling a t-shirt over my head) became difficult.  Now I am losing mobility of my left arm and severe  pain if moved quickly.  Any ideas where I should start to resolve this.  Taking Tomoxifen


Posted: 08 Apr 2010 09:11 PM
Originally Posted: 08 Apr 2010 09:09 PM
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Lhearn

Lhearn

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Subject:Breast cancer and arm pain

            I understand you are being treated for breast cancer, since you mentioned you are taking Tamoxifen.  My question is … did you have radical mastectomy? Simple mastectomy? Quadrant resection? Axillary lymph node dissection?  Clarification as to the extent of the surgery would be helpful in response. 

            Losing mobility in your left arm concerns me, especially with associated pain.  Indeed the direct radiation can lead to fibrosis, if your are not consistently doing range of motion exercises.   I would recommend relaying this information to your physician and requesting basic f/u assessment and, if appropriate, referral for physical therapy support to help with your range of motion and movement. 


Posted: 09 Apr 2010 04:30 PM
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