Under arm pain

I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 I had a lumpectomy chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the cancer had spread to the lymph nodes and I was supposed to have a full clearance after my chemo however I developed lymphoedema in my arm after the sample nodes were removed so they refused to take the rest.

I have of late been suffering with under arm pain on the affected side there is no lump but my lymphoedema has been worse I’ve no idea if this is normal or should I get it checked out.

Dear Ted,

So sorry to read that you’re feeling so anxious at the moment. I think if this was me I would get myself checked out for peace of mind. i’m not sure whether this would be with your previous hospital as your breast cancer was quite a while ago so I think maybe give your GP. a call this morning would make you feel a lot better. as this maybe difficult with few appointments around at the moment, the breast cancer team on this site are outstanding and caring you can always call for advise

Wishing you well going forward. Do come back to the forum and let us know how you are doing. Hugs Tili :rainbow: :rainbow:

Hi Ted59  

Thanks for your post and getting in touch with us.  

It must be difficult to know if new pain or symptoms are normal when sometime has gone by since your diagnosis.  

However, t’s important to find out what the possible cause of any new or persistent pain may be. As your lymphoedema has increased,  this also needs to be assessed. Do make an appointment with your GP to discuss your symptoms and get a referral back to your oncologist.   

Your treatment team or GP may also be able to refer you to a lymphoedema specialist for further review of your arm swelling. 

Lymphoedema Support Network (LSN) provide some information you may find useful.  

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