Pounding pain in rib cage

Hello 10yrs ago had breast cancer, HR2+. Went through all the treatments, chemo, double masctomy, radiation. 4 weeks ago I found another lump in my scare, same side I had cancer. Also experiencing pounding rib pain on the same side starting from my collar bone down and around to my back. I went to get this checked and was told "we are going to watch it, the pain has nothing to do with it, doctors are not sure what is causing the pain -was told not to worry about it.
I was told to come back in 3 months for another check but call if the lump got bigger.
The lump is not bigger but my pain is getting worse. Pounding, sharp - never goes away and gets worse when I am still or trying to sleep. I feel something is wrong but I don’t want to over react


I think I would demand a scan at this point. It’s probably nothing but if they can’t tell you what’s causing it they need to figure out what’s not causing it. I’m so sorry you’re going through this but better to be safe than sorry in this instance.


I developed Secondary Cancer in the lymph nodes of my neck. Before I tumour was noticeable I had pain in my shoulder. I’d been using a back pack and thought it was from the straps.
Do you have regular CT scans? If not I would speak to your Consultant or BCN and explain how worrying you’re finding it and ask for a scan.

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Doctors simply have to be aware of the symptoms of secondary breast cancer!!!

Precisely the same thing happened to me I am not living with incurable cancer.

I was told that the sharp pain in my ribs and spine was unrelated to secondary breast cancer. Secondary symptoms were totally ignored by different doctors for six months… Until I was in so much pain I couldn’t move. Only at this point did I demand an MRI scan, and only then did I find out I had widespread metastatic cancer in my ribs, spine, fumer, and now liver and in the orbital of my eye.

If only it had been diagnosed earlier.

I so hope that this is not what is causing you pain, but please demand a CT or MRI scan ASAP to make sure it is not metastatic disease, and please don’t let them let you wait three months.

All the best

Hi Charlie_girl,

Thanks for posting. It’s understandable you feel worried about the lump you have found and the pain you are experiencing. It sounds like it’s a difficult time for you.

As the pain you have has persisted and got worse, we would always suggest you get in touch with your treatment team, breast care nurse or GP to explain this. Even though the lump you describe has not got bigger, as @Kay0987 and @margaretb61 say, it’s important to find out what the cause of your pain might be. Having a scan, such as a CT scan could help with this. You can ask your treatment team or GP about this when you speak to them. You can also ask for support with managing the pain you have.

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