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Re: Rib Pain from Radiotherapy?

I'm not entirely sure what causes it Egret, but was wondering if it wasn't the ribs as such but the cartilage inbetween that had sustained some damage? I gather the rt can also make bones thinner and more brittle, which can be the cause of pain.

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I had a lumpectomy followed by 6 months chemo and 4 weeks radio (Oct 2015). I had ribs pain for sometimes but am too afraid to ask. It is now Jan 2017 and I have episodes of panic thinking the worse. Does anyone know why the ribs pain? What causes it? I keep changing bras, or not wearing them, but nothing works.
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I too am glad to find this thread! My surgery and rads boosters were high on my chest (In April last year), literally where my breast tissue and ribs meet. I have a fair amount of pain, and it has been worrying me (of course...the obvious.....has 'it' gone to my bones?! Pressing or touching areas below the collar bone hurt....almost like deep bruising.  I would also say that definitely the muscles that go across the top of the chest to the shoulder are also affected and hurt. So, I guess these are the 'long term' rt effects. I don't have anything helpful to add really, just wanted to say we are all 'not alone'.

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Trudy2010 - I was so reassured to read your post.  I had a lumpectomy followed by radiotherepy in June 2010, and this is a fairly new  on and off pain for me.  I too think sometimes its secondaries in my bones,  but doctors  have assured me it isnt. 

Last year I was supposed to go for Lipomodelling to take fat from my stomach  (yay)  to pump it into my small crevice in my left breast,  but also to cushion my ribs.

I actually chickened out of the operation as I was scared to go under the anesthetic,  and I can live witht eh indentation in my breast.....But I really should have gone,  to have the rib cushioning if nothing else. 

I am thinking of going back to my doctor to request it again if they will do it.  

Was this something that you was offered?  

Last night in bed I felt as if I had been kicked in the ribs,  and this morning the pain is dull but still there,  and my breast is sore. And my left arm feels very weak....and until reading posts below I had never connected the two things,  but it seems pretty normal,  even though its awful.  

Worst thing is,  I have a male boss,  and as much as I'd love to go home and relax.... I don't feel like I can ask to go home ,  cos he always wants to know why,  and I dont feel like explaining.  

Underwired bras are no longer in my underwear drawer!  

7 years on I would have hoped that I could try and forget that terrible Breast Cancer time in my life,  but it's always there to remind me one way or another.  

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So pleased to find this thread. I'm 10 months post rads and the pain in my ribs is not improving. I find not wearing a bra helps as it's on the bra line. Unfortunately no bra doesn't help the seroma. I'm very thankful that it's not all the time, usually if I'm sitting but more often if I slouch. The rib line feels permanently bruised. I don't want to take any medication so any alternatives would be wonderful.   xx

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Rib pains ! My radiotherapy was in august 2011. I'm sure my boob is still shrinking gradually, and just wearing a bra hurts my ribs under my boob. Ive added 2 sizes bigger for my bra cos i cant stand the pressure of them anymore, and i dont wear one usually. I was convinced I was getting secondaries in my ribs cos this particular area is a new pain, but Ive just had a check up and nothing was felt. I didnt thank the BCN for pressing there though, it makes me feel sick. My poor hubby has learnt never to touch that side of me ! My teenage son (in jest) pushed me backwards the other week, his hand placed on the top of my left chest just below the collar bone. The instant pain floored me and I couldnt even catch my breath for a minute. I cant even lift heavy or bulky objects if they have to be supported against me as i carry them, it is just too tender.

 

And Dellashay, yes, wherever we go, take God with us, as He is before us in everything and has certainly walked this path with me.

 

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Hello, I have rib pain that just started. I finished my RD April 2016, I was worried until I started reading what everyone is saying ,sure made me feel better, I do see my oncologists on 1-27-17 just to make sure everything is ok, just like you should do for that lump you found, trust, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL, BUT GO NOW, AND TAKE GOD WITH YOU .
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The rib pain and lumps seem to be normal after everything.  I had a bad fall afterwards too, broke my leg, tore things in my shoulder on the non breast cancer side and really hurtmy ribs on the breast cancer side.  Have not had xrays of the ribs but they were very painful for a few weeks.  Kept getting flareups of the rib pain and lots of swelling above and below the breast.

 I am 9 months post wide area exision and 5 months post radiotherapy and my breast just has a huge hard triangular lump of scar tissue that takes up whatever breast that is left.  am

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Hi

 

I had breast cancer 11 months ago. I had WLE and lymph node removal for invasive breast cancer. Since I finished radiotherapy end of November I have had rib pain. I mentioned to the oncologist who informed me that it was nothing to do with radiotherapy or surgery. I spoke to my breast consultant who informed me that 90 % of women present with rib pain. I am taking naproxen for pain relief.  I recently had a ct scan which included my ribs and the all clear was given so I know there is nothing untoward. I also have lumps in my right breast from surgery and have been informed that this is from surgery and radiotherapy and can take up to 12 months post radiotherapy for any improvements to be seen. I have been informed mine has gone slightly better but the chances of the lumps going is slim, but this is a small price to pay.

 

Just thought I would add my experience as I know reading other people's helps me 

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Hey Everyone,

 

My rads treatment finished end of Feb and I am still suffering from the discomfort of WLE for DCIS. Unfortunately about three months after the rads finished, I fell on the stairs at work and aggravated my right arm and bruised it. This aggravated my breast area where the op was done and so I think my current pain and discomfort is due to this added action. 

My right breast is still lumpy and painful in parts and I just wonder whether this is normal? I had a open forum meeting which is given at my local hospital, once signed off active treatment and after rads finished and the BCN said that it is par for the course to be in relative discomfort for at least 18 months or more.  I often have pain in my back, rib area, right arm, underneath the breast area/top side of the ribs and at one point, I could not even rest on my right side in bed come nightime. It was so excruciatingly painful and too uncomfortable.

I am endeavouring to  monitor my body and feel for any abnormalities but with lumpy post operative tissue, it is difficult to know if the lumps felt are actually the lumps of the op alone.  

Just wanted to add my experience to the forum.

 

 

AC 

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Hi

Have just woken up this morning, again with pain across my ribs, and also tenderness in my breast and 'awareness' in my right arm and had a light-bulb moment. RADIOTHERAPY! POST BREAST CANCER!

I had a lumpectomy and radiotherapy last year. 

Of course, what I have read here all ties in. I didn't Google when I was diagnosed or receiving treatment and have been scared stupid for the last three weeks. I had a heart attack six years ago and thought, 'That's it, it's my heart.' 

I'm going to contact my post-op care nurse @ Barts on Monday but, in the meantime, thank you all for being here. The explanations I have read sound reassuring.

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Hi,

 

I just joined the group after searching the internet for rib pain after rads and I am 4 years out and started having rib pain.  I have it and it seems to have gotten worse from losing some weight too.  I started getting pain in my breast too, where the internal cutting took place.  He went in from the side to get the tumor out.  My arm and shoulder hurt too.  I'm afraid to check with my oncologist because I don't want them thinking it came back or anything like that....no fun at all.  

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Hi

I'm 6 yrs on from my op and rad. My rib pain comes in the form of a cramp. When I first got it i thought I was having a heart attack. My doctor assured me it was muscular pain and nothing to do with the heart but other than that, no-one has offered me an explanation. It eased a bit but now I've lost a bit of weight in that area it's back with a vengeance. I still have slight pain in my breast and a while back it was very painful, along with my arm and shoulder.  It turned out I had 2 oil cysts in my breast and they were dispersing (normal in scar tissue). The pain gradually got better, but always some discomfort. How are you doing now? I noticed your post is from 2013 but I've only just found this website Smiley Happy

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Hi Midgemoo

Welcome to the forums, I’m sorry to read that you are having a rough time at the moment. I’m sure some of the other the users will be along to support you soon.

In the meantime maybe it would help to talk things through with a member of our helpline staff who are there to offer emotional support as well as practical information. The free phone number is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 5.00 and Saturday 10.00 to 2.00.

Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator

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Re: Rib Pain from Radiotherapy?

Hi,
I too have very painful ribs & more recently a stabbing pain in boob on rad side, plus pins & needles and aches & pains in same arm. My treatment was 2 years ago & pain is worse now than just after treatment.
I went to see my BCN in Nov last year as i was concerned with pain and & she thought rib pain was down to rads & arm problems were post op trauma & nerve related & gave me excercises to do. I then saw my consultant this week & told him i was still suffering from a lot of pain & he thinks the rib & boob pain is still from the rad treatment?
Maybe it is rad damage causing the pain, but I find it difficult to believe that the pain is actually getting worse over time rather than better? That just doesn't seem right does it?
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Just found thread. I had WLE and 16x rads 2009. No rib pain initially but now get a "kick" in ribs on affected side if twist or slouch on sofa. Not told anyone but am waiting for clinic appointment as have found another lump so will mention then. Hate waiting - no date yet
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Buup bump bbump
for everyone who has similar questions january 2013
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Ive not had any swelling, just a bruised pain that comes and goes.

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Hi,

I am 18 months after radiotherapy and I am now suffering severe rib pain and a large swelling below my ribs, pain is so bad I have been put on morphine by my gp. I am going to see my oncologist on Friday. I have been very worried but I am please to see other people also have pain.

Does anyone have a large swelling as well as the pain.

Alison

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Hi All,

It is so good to hear I am not the only one with rib pain. I have a large red swelling below my ribs in the middle with severe pain. I am currently on morphine for the pain but my GP has requested I see my oncologist who I am seeing on Friday.

Has anyone else had any swelling or just pain.

Alison