Silly question probably as it can be anything but can any of you ladies, particularly those with local recurrances or secondaries tell me but what should you worry about?
My LD recon has developed a dent around the drain site and further around that is a harder lump about the size of a pea. I get odd sensations in my upper arm and odd stabbing pains in my boob. My tumour was just under the nipple.
Is it just my recon settling down (I had a skin sparing mx with LD recon and a 18mm tumour, grade 1 and 1/9 lymph nodes with micro metastases and ER and PR positive, I am currently facing my 4th FEC on Tuesday) or should I be concerned?
I have never mentioned it to my Onc or breast surgeon, but, for the same amount of time that I had my fibrodoenema (strangely in the identical place to where my BC was found to be 3 and a half years later) I have on and off had severe pain in my rib vertically under my breast.
I had the pain treated as and when it initially occurred (3 and a half years ago) and due to nothing else showing on x-rays and scan it was dx as musucular skeletal pain (with nothing sinister showing, to my knowledge). In a separate presentation, around the same time or within 6 months, I presented with a lump in my left breast it was dx as a fibrodonema and found to be grade 2 so nothing apparently to worry about (!).
The pain still recurs and has done over the past 3 years but not in a predictable pattern and it can be weeks between but can completely debilitate me should it catch me unawares in the bath or bed, leaving me unable to breath or move.
I also don’t know who to mention this to (the pains in my boob and/or chest).
Should I tell the breast surgeon when I see him on 7th Jan or my Onc when I see him on 30th Dec? Will they know from my notes about my previous chest pain?
(Onc has never examined my breast before dx or since just asks me how I am or what I want and then prescribes something so how do I know he won’t just send me somewhere else - ie to see the boob doc I saw initially to dx my BC?
More importantly, especially to those with secondaries or local recurrance in clavical nodes (as they are not removed during clearance) or other nodes - when am I being paranoid?
Please help, O, x