Fay A. Posted June 2, 2004 Share Posted June 2, 2004 I am NOT a physician, and I am not trying to practice medicine without a license (let alone without the benefit of having attended medical school!). But I will share with you my own experiences with intense shoulder and arm pain. I do not have mets to the bones in my shoulder, clavical, humerous. I do, on occasion, have lymph nodes in the right axilla (arm pit) that show up on some scans. I can feel them, but many times the docs cannot. I no longer have a right lung. I've had three of the big thoracotomy surgeries, so there are cut nerves, partially healed nerves, etc., and I think that my last thoracotomy involved anchoring some of the structures of the chest to the muscles in my shoulder, but don't quote me on that. That's a guess based upon the way it felt, and being told not to move the arm or lift anything at all for a period of time after surgery. If you've ever had a serious bronchitis or pneumonia you may have experienced intense pain that ran down your arms and into your fingertips when you coughed very hard. The reason for this is because nerves come off the spine and run across the chest, under the shoulder, into the armpit, and down the arm and into the fingers. If you have infection and inflammation or a physical defect in the chest (like a tumor that is taking up space and pressing on these nerves) it can result in intense pain that you will feel in the arms and hands. It's a bit like someone who is having a heart attack...the pain can be felt in the arm and hand, but the problem is in the chest. Like I said...I'm not a doctor. But for me there is a direct relationship between tumor size, number of tumors, location of tumors, and increase/decrease of the shoulder and arm pain. Right now I take Oxycodone when the pain is more than I can handle. And it helps some. I tell myself that I am glad to be alive even though I hurt. I don't have bone mets, folks. So I don't know how I would handle that kind of pain. I do have a lot of experience with broken bones, and I know I can deal with that level of pain on a chronic basis. So this is my take on the subject. If the pain levels increase I get it checked out. Just because I don't have mets to the shoulder, et al, right now doesn't mean it won't happen at some point. I'm vigilant. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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