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rizzo15
Posts: 153
Joined: Nov 2002

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.

wingingit
Posts: 48
Joined: Aug 2003

Glad to hear you got some advice from a physical therapist and hope you will be finding relief from your pain. I have only had one experience with a physical therapist and it was an exellent one. I can still remember and continue exercises I was taught from over 10 years ago. But I am curious: did you have the sentinel lymph node dissection or the axillary lymph node dissection?

rizzo15
Posts: 153
Joined: Nov 2002

wingingit. I had the axillary lymph node dissection. 7 of 13 nodes had cancer in them.

wingingit
Posts: 48
Joined: Aug 2003

Thanks, rizzo15, for sharing. I had a mastectomy with a sentinel node dissection. I have pain in my lower arm and hand that are constant. I am thinking it is not associated with the mastectomy--may tendonitis or carpal tunnel. I will not see my oncologist for several months but I am going to see my PCP this week so maybe she can help me resolve this.

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