Jun 23, 2011 - 6:21 pm
Just joined - please, if anyone out there has had the same problem I have, I need your help. Had 6 months chemo, lumpectomy left breast, lymph node removal, followed by radiation. Surgery was last May. I have persistent pain under the arm, spreading down the rib cage and towards the back. Burning sensation under the arm and just plain pain. In March a cyst that had formed under the arm got infected and I had a long incision to remove it, traumatizing an already traumatized area. All the doctors seem to be able to do is to increase my dosage of Neurontin. Got neuropathy as well from chemo in both legs and hands. Finally went to a pain guy who told me I had not reached my "therapeutic" dose of Neurontin, but I feel like a zombie already. He requested a compounded ointment to make up the difference, its very expensive and my insurance refuses to pay. The pain guy suggested a nerve block for the area below the arm pit, but says it's risky to do a nerve block directly under the arm, I might not be able to move my arm or fingers! Please, if there is anyone out there with the same problem, let me know what you are doing to cope. Thank you so much.