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Re: Sore arm



Thanks for your post. It’s understandable you want to know what might be causing the pain in your arm.


You do not mention which arm feels painful. As Crochet-Helly says, chemotherapy such as EC, can sometimes cause an ache in the arm the chemotherapy is given into. It’s possible the chemotherapy has temporarily affected the veins and as you were lying on your arm, this may have made it feel more tender. It’s reassuring that there is no swelling or heat and it’s not got worse. 


Applying some heat, as you have been, can sooth the area. However, we recommend that you contact the chemotherapy clinic and let them know. They may want to properly assess your arm and may also be able to suggest if there is anything else to help the pain.


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Re: Sore arm



EC does cause soreness in some people, I had 3 ECs and the pain with it, it eased off each time after about 2 weeks, it didn't happen with the docetaxel. I finished chemo in oct and occassionally get aches in my arms now but it doesnt cause any problems day to day.


Helly xx


Sore arm

Hi there,

I had 4th Ec last Friday and last night after lying on my arm it became really painful. Feels like I have bashed it against something. It's still really tender but not swollen, not hot to touch and not worse. Could it be my veins? It's on the side of my arm between bicep and elbow and not the whole arm. Hot water bottle helps sooth it a bit.