I had my first breast cancer in 1993, right breast. After radiation I experienced occasional severe spasms under the right breast on the top of the rib cage. When it happened, it took my breath away and I could not move until it subsided. Oncologist said it was not cancer related; another said she had "no idea"; another said it might be nerves repositioning. Fourteen years later, I was diagnosed with cancer in the left breast. After radiation I experienced severe spasms under the left breast at the top of the rib cage. I now have double trouble and still no answers. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I'm glad I'm not crazy and that someone on this planet has heard of this. My primary care physician prescribed a Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly USP, 2% to apply twice daily to the affected areas. ( My cosmetologist uses such an application to numb the skin before removing facial moles.) Strangely enough, it worked!! When I expressed surprise, my doctor advised that even though the medication is generally used to numb the skin, it also penetrates to the bone. (My cosmetologist charges $40 for it; a prescription costs $2.50) I find it extremely disturbing that physicians claim that they have "no clue." My surgeon (Chief of the Division) finally said that she doesn't know why I have the pain or when or if the pain will go away. Also, after my second round of radiation to the left breast, I experienced severe shoulder and neck pain (to the left side), was operated on for torn tendons, which I have no idea how I contracted -- a realtor doesn't usually encounter lifting heavy enough to tear tendons. My surgeon finally agreed that this could have been caused by radiation treatments on that left side. I think that all of our comments should be submitted to The Washington Post to spark further studies and warnings about radiation.View Thread
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