30-03-2017 07:07 AM
30-03-2017 06:04 AM
I had a bilateral lumpectomy and a partial mastectomy. I understand rib pain. Sometimes it takes my breath away. I'm not sure if the pain was caused from the operations or most likely the radiation treatment. But it often makes it difficult for me to exercise.
19-03-2017 09:50 AM
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17-03-2017 11:38 AM
17-03-2017 07:38 AM
I know exactly what you mean, I can touch and press certain very specific parts of the boney area and it just really hurts. Mine was very high up, literally at the top of the area that is breast tissue, so lumpectomy was done practically on muscles and ribs. Where was yours ?
17-03-2017 07:14 AM
17-03-2017 07:06 AM
06-03-2017 02:09 PM
I hope your rib pains have settled by now. I'm not sure if a CT scan would cause further pains but the scans do use high levels of radiation so it may have produced further inflammation in you. I've never had a CT scan.
Regarding painkillers I just take paracetamol and ibuprofen every so often, dont need them much as I'm not sore unless my ribs are pressed directly and I've found some larger size bras which i can wear quite comfortably now at work for a 12-hour shift, ; with smaller sized bras I ached so much around my chest after work that it hurt to breathe.
02-03-2017 09:30 PM
It's good to know we are not alone,I finished rads in October last year and at times my left breast is painful and ribs it is very worrying which I suppose is understandable considering what we all have gone through.
11-02-2017 09:18 PM
Hi I finished radiarion therapy in Oct. 2016. Four weeks ago I had a ct scan done of my abdomen and chest for another health issue. However, since the scan I have had rib pain and acheing. I had breast cancer on my left side, but after finishing all my treatment I felt pretty good. Could this ct scan have re-irritated the tissue on my left side now causing rib and bone pain....thanks. What are people useing for pain relief?
08-02-2017 05:51 PM
Thanks for the posts on this thread. I had an MX last June and had radiotherapy before Christmas. Have had rib pain for a long time and had X-rays a while ago, thankfully all clear. The rib pain has recently been worse but Drs I saw for follow ups in both radiotherapy and breast surgeon weren't worried. It seems to have calmed down a bit now so I'm hoping all will be well. I seem to go from one ache to the next - my ANC arm is sore today so I'm panicking it's the start of lymphodema! How I long for my carefree days pre diagnosis.
07-02-2017 08:44 AM
I'm the same with rib pain. Had recurrence in 2015 after mastectomy in 2011 They had to go back in as lump was on the scarring. I've had lots of pain on my bone and ribs. I find it my bra to tight it agribates it as there is no cushioning left..
01-02-2017 10:03 PM
I had radiotherapy in Jan/Feb 2013 after lumpectomy and chemo. My breast and ribs have always been sore and painful and I understand just where you're coming from when you mentioned you're son accidentally hurting you. My grandchildren love to snuggle up on the sofa with me but often catch me with their bony little elbows as they wriggle to get comfortable! The pain is unbelievable! My oncologist and the doctors at the breast unit have told me repeatedly that if I still have pain, then I probably always will!! Wonderful! Still it's a small price to pay at the end of the day.
18-01-2017 08:15 PM
Anne North, your experience sounds very similar to mine. My lumpectomy was at the front of my left breast and it's left a huge crater. Yes, i was offered a fat transfer operation to fill it out, as they tell me the pain is because the chest wall is no longer cushioned. But I too, chickened out of any more surgery. I can live with the scarring and now the fact one nipple is higher than the other, that is the hardest to cope with especially in summer t-shirts, i can live with the discomfort, i can live with the awfully larger-than-they-should-be tattoos of black ink placed on me by a novice at radiotherapy planning, i can and will cope with it because without all this i would no longer be alive at this present time !!!!