Thank you for your post.
It’s natural you’re feeling anxious about the cause of your rib pain but, it’s good you’re seeking more support for yourself.
Developing a new symptom can cause panic and anxiety, and many people worry that any ache or pain could be the cancer returning. There could be a number of different reasons for this but it’s important to get thoroughly checked.
Everybody copes differently with a new symptom and it might help to talk this through with one of us here on the Helpline, especially as you understandably don’t want to worry your family.
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Also, some people find connecting with other people who may be going through a similar situation on the main section of the forum helpful.
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Thank you so so much June for replying and that does offer a lot of reassurance. My mammogram was only a few weeks ago and clear. I’m going to speak with GP again tomorrow and ask if I should be discussing with BCN also. Xx
Sorry to hear that you are having a worrying time. I wondered if my experience of pains "after the event" might help to give you an alternative "what if".
I'm 6 years on from my treatment - lumpectomy & rads with removal of two lymph nodes which were mercifully clear. Like you, I also went through a tough time a couple of years ago when I started getting a lot of pain on my op side. Ribs hurt, I had stabbing pains deep in my breast and a feeling when I touched it that the area was very bruised but with no sign of one. Tried not to panic too - though it was hard not to imagine the worst. I think all of us immediately think mets when there's a problem!!!!
I talked to the BC nurse at the hospital and she arranged an appointment with the consultant. He decided a whole body scan was the way to go just to be sure - all very concerning.
After a scan which found nothing to worry about, my consultant decided it was a combination of rads, scar tissue and nerve damage. I still have it and take paracetamol occasionally if it is terrible but mostly manage without. I've found that it's worse if I sit twisted and if I lean on my ribs (which I often seem to do on the arm of the sofa!).
I do hope that your blood test results are okay and that it is something non-threatening for you too.
Remembering that there are a lot of other things that cause aches, pains and difficulties is very difficult when you have cancer and immediately think the worst - just try to keep as positive as you can. Thinking of you.
Lots of love June x
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Hi. It’s been so long since I’ve posted. I’m 4 years post diagnosis and just had a clear mammogram. I’ve been struggling with fatigue the last few weeks and went to see my GP. She asked about any other pain and I mentioned I thought I’d pulled a muscle in my back, as very painful. She says it’s rib pain and has taken bloods and said if no better soon she will refer for scans. When I got home, I made the sudden leap to rib pain = mets and in a panic. I don’t want to share panic with family, as hopefully unwarranted, but feeling very anxious and knew you lovely lot would understand x