Oct 08, 2003 - 12:39 pm
Maybe this is not surprising to others on this list, but 6 weeks after I finished all my scheduled treatment (4 rounds A/C, mastectomy, 4 rounds Taxotere, 28 radiation sessions), I suddenly developed a moderately frozen shoulder within a period of 2 weeks. I am so glad that I went to physical therapy yesterday to find out why my range of motion decreased and the pain in my arm increased so suddenly. I have been faithfully doing my 1/2 hour of "active" exercises from the surgeon's office every single night for close to 8 months. Little did I know that once the frozen shoulder symptoms start, active exercises do nothing but make the condition worse and worse. Now I am doing "inactive/passive" stretching exercises. No more half-hour exercise sessions. No hand weights. My physical therapist kept saying that he is always surprised how few breast cancer patients come to physical therapy as the mastectomy surgery involves many of the same nerves and muscles as a major sports injury. Hope this info. will be helpful to someone else.