I had a lumpectoy in June 05 and they removed 5 lymph nodes. I am having terrible shoulder and elbow pain in my arm on that side. I have been to so many doctors. They have ruled out arthritis, bone cancer, pinched nerve, muscle spams...... I got off the Tamoxifen and started taking Celebrex which has helped some. I have taken muscle relaxers, pain pills, etc. I am still in tremendous pain and was wondering if I could have scar tissue that has built up under my arm from the lymph node surgery that could be tangled up with a nerve or muscle causing this pain. Today, my arm almost feels numb like the blood flow is being restricted. Can an X-Ray or MRI show scar tissue?
Check the internet under 'Post Mastectomy Pain Syndrome' as I have the same pain and its been a year and its constant and relentess. I wont go into it as I could write a book. There is Cancerlynx and Cancer care sites. I think it will answer alot of your questions. Drs dont know much about this syndrome, they have to be informed. Lots of luv and luck to you. Stay well.
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