I am a 43 year old female smoker (26 years), my dad passed away 15 years ago from a glioblastoma brain tumor. My mother has advanced alzheimer's, & is in remisssion from 3x negative breast cancer. I was in an horrible car accident when I was 16, & broke everything from my neck, back, jaw, shoulders elbows, pelvis & my feet. I have had many orthopedic surgeries over the years, my pain tolerance is extremely high. The pain that gradually started up in my right shoulder 2 months ago (I have had 4 shoulder surgeries 2R & 2L) is now radiating down into my forearm & fingers. My right arm has become weak & extremely sore? The tingling sensation/pins & needles is starting to go to the middle of my back up into the base of my neck. I thought maybe it was the start of carpal tunnel? I don't have any breathing/coughing issues, I run 4-5 miles a day. This pain in my shoulder/arm is about to my max pain tolerance. I also have had swollen lymph nodes in my neck for the last 3-4 weeks. I had a recent scare the begining of March 2021, went for my annual woman exam, & they did 2 more 3D mammograms, ultra sound & finally an MRI, to rule out breast cancer (left side), I have to go back for another mammogram in September 2021. I am relunctant/scared to go back to the doctor, with any new health issues. Any feedback would be much appreciated!
Reply # - May 4, 2021, 03:32 PM
Hi Shannon, I'm so sorry to
I'm so sorry to hear about the extensive problems you've endured. I wish we could help but we are prepared to answer questions about a diagnosed cancer and not to diagnose. Too, your history is much too complicated for an online forum. I would have a primary care doctor or orthopedist help me through the process. I hope you find a way to take care of the pain that doesn't involve a cancer diagnosis. But if it is we are here to help answer any questions you have.
All the best,
I joined GRACE as a caregiver for my husband who had a Pancoast tumor, NSCLC stage III in 2009. He had curative chemo/rads then it was believed he had a recurrence in the spine/oligometastasis that was radiated. He's 10 years out from treatment.