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Re: Back pain to be expected?

Hi MaryKamille


Thanks for your further post.


It’s difficult for us to say why your registrar said ‘That’s to be expected’.


Chemotherapy can sometime cause general aches and pains but I wonder if you have a breast care nurse you can ring. She could ask the doctor you saw what he was referring to and you could also mention the headaches you are getting.


If the painkillers you are taking are only helping a bit you could also talk to your GP about whether different pain medication might be helpful.


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Back pain to be expected?



Eve answered my last query about a removal of one of my Chemo drugs and that was a great response which gave me a detailed info website. I have another question now which is bothering me.

At my 4th pre-Chemo appointment I saw the Registrar instead of my Oncologist because he was short staffed.

The Registrar was very helpful and went through my side effects and checked my treatment schedule. I have been having a lot of trouble with my eyes and she prescribed something for that.

However, when I mentioned the one other new thing (and I don't go on about every little thing) I got a curious comment. I said that I had been having a lot of lower back pain and in my hips, too. To which she replied. 'That's to be expected.'

Why is that?

My other side effects have never received that response. Does it mean that I have something else going wrong with me that I'm not being told about? I have had an awful lot of scans, including a total body bone scan, before I started Chemo.

I am 69 years old and on FEC5 (but the 'F' one was dropped after 3rd Chemo, although my other two drugs remain at the same dosage). Since my 4th Chemo the back and hip pain has been increasing. The Registrar told me to take painkillers before I even left home if I knew I was going to do some walking. I am trying that and it helps a bit.

I have my 5th Chemo coming up and am hoping it doesn't make things even worse. I am also getting headaches now, which I did not have before.