Tingling arms

Hello. My name is Donna and I was diagnosed on the 3rd April.
No treatment plan in place as yet. Recently I have been having tingling/numbing sensations in both arms and a burning sensation across my chest. I am sure this is a response to stress / anxiety, however this feeling is new to me so I feel scared it’s the cancer causing it, in fact on Friday I was convinced I was having a mild heart attack.
Is this something you’ve heard / seen before or have I completely lost the plot?!

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Hi Donna
You haven’t lost the plot it’s stress and shock of diagnosis I think everyone goes through something similar with me couldn’t sleep , every ache and pain was worrying until you get your treatment plan and have surgery you won’t relax
Speak with your breast care nurse about any worries they are there to help x


I’m the same , diagnosed April 3rd. Waiting for scan results. I have pains everywhere and a fuzzy head and continually freaking out. Feel like I’m in a nightmare.
Probably doesn’t help but just to say me too.

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Hi Donna

Thanks for posting.

People experience a range of emotions when they are diagnosed with breast cancer, including worry and anxiety. As @charlottebee suggests you haven’t lost the plot.

Symptoms of anxiety may include tingling and burning sensations. However, it is important to get symptoms that include chest discomfort checked out. So you can make an appointment to see your GP. If you are concerned you are having a heart attack you should call 999.

You can talk to you breast care nurse about how you’re feeling, and they can provide ongoing information and support.

As @charley suggests, you are not alone and talking to someone who has had a similar experience can often be helpful. Our Someone Like Me service can match you with a trained volunteer who’s had a similar experience to you. You can be in touch with your volunteer by phone or email and they can share their personal experiences to answer your questions, offer support or simply listen to how you are feeling.

You can ring the Someone Like Me team on 0114 263 6490 or email them at someone.likeme@breastcancernow.org, so they can then match you to your volunteer.

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