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HisJoy
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The pain in my right shoulder (which is the same side that my port is on) is becoming more and more intense. My movement is very restricted. I can't dress myself, put on a necklace, get dishes off the top shelf, hang up my clothes, etc. and if my shoulder inadvertently is moved very far from it's "comfort zone," there is excrutiating pain. My dr. has had x-rays done - nothing shows up and now I've also had an ultrasound of my shoulder, but no blood clots were found. Has anyone else experienced this? Could it be from my port? Tylenol doesn't begin to help this level of pain and now it is getting difficult to find a comfortable position in which to sleep. Any ideas?

Bonny Buffington

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Btrcup
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Bonny, could it be that your port is hitting a nerve? Just a thought. Hope you find out what it is and take care of it.

Linda

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HisJoy
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I will see my oncologist tomorrow and ask him about that possibility. Not sure what they can do about it if a nerve is involved, but this is getting really painful and I can't imagine having to live with it another year. Thanks so much!

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nanuk
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sounds like rotor cuff (sp?) involvement..esp. if you are unable to move it-your Dr should be able to give you something for pain until it's dignosed, even if you have to go to the ER to get it. meanwhile, anything you can do to immobilize it should help-ie; pillows, sling, baloon in armpit, etc.

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nanuk
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more..did you do anything to injure it? If it is R/C, it will probably need a MRI to "see" it..

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HisJoy
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Didn't do anything to injure it. Onc did tell me to stop using Tylenol (previously the only thing they'd let me use for pain with my chemo) and start trying Alleve. The Alleve has relieved the constant pain - I still have restriction in movement and pain when I move it abruptly or try to lift something with it, but at least the constant pain is gone and I'm hopeful with gradual stretching and continued anti-inflammatory, we can get some movement back into this joint. Thanks for your suggestions!

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spongebob
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Balloon in the armpit?

Is some sort of Alaskan homespun treatment? Sorta like a salmon in the skivvies for my problem?

Cheers!!

- SB

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