Bone scan highlighting lumbar vertebrae and pelvis

Hi there,

Looking for reassurance. I had grade 3 hormone receptive BC in 2021. Only required radiotherapy and hormone treatment.

I’m 44 and Recently had some lower back and hip pain and have had a bone scan which highlighted my lumbar vertebra and pelvis. My consultant has asked for a Ct scan to be done in order to compare both scans as was unable to rule anything out.

Worried sick that I have bone mets. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced similar which turned out to be ok .

Many thanks xx

Oh what a worry. I started to get dreadful lower back/pelvic pain after starting hormone treatment at the end of all my active treatment (surgery, chemo & radio). They did an MRI scan & it showed degenerative disc disease. This was not caused by the cancer by exacerbated by the hormone treatment. I know another friend that had a bone scan for hip pain & found she had cysts.
So, I guess I’m saying there are other things than the cancer that can cause issues with our bodies. It’s just that’s where our minds naturally go.
Wishing you all the best. :crossed_fingers:t2::four_leaf_clover:

Hello simba22

Thank you for posting your question.

It is understandable and natural to feel worried about symptoms following a breast cancer diagnosis. Many people treated for breast cancer worry about secondary breast cancer and you’re not alone in being anxious about this

Most importantly you reported your symptoms, and your consultant has requested further imaging to help explain what is causing your lower back and hip pain. It must be a difficult time for you waiting for the CT scan and results. As @nmann says, it is a worry and after her investigations it was found the symptoms of back pain were not caused by cancer and that there are other things that can cause pain.

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