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Breast tightness and tenderness


Had needle biopsy, then lumpectomy, followed by radiation. About two months after end of radiation, breast started feeling tight when I stretch my arm out and is also a bit tender. Nothing actually painful though. Scar tissue? Post-radiation effect? Something I should worry about? Has anyone else experienced this?

  • Post #1
  • Sun Feb 16, 2020
Hi, I'm Sandra R M.

Is there any bone density feedback from patients on arimidex or anastrazole?

  • Post #2
  • Mon Feb 17, 2020
Hi, I'm Sandra R M.

Anyone have bone density/osteoporosis issues having been on anastrozole/arimidex?

  • Post #3
  • Mon Feb 17, 2020
Hi, I'm Mary D.

had mine ten months ago and yes it is still tight and tender. Went to the radiologist for a checkup and he insisted we do a sonogram. all was fine. I had a small seroma (fluid filled sac) and she said that was causing some tightness. I think we are good. mhd

  • Post #4
  • Tue Feb 18, 2020
Hi, I'm Ruth A P.

I had the same issues after my lumpectomy. My surgeon sent me to physical therapy. They helped me by giving me exercises to stretch my muscles out again. Told me I was rounding my shoulder in to try and protect the area where the surgery occurred and that I had tightened up all my muscles. Physical Therapy helped me so much I would recommend it to everyone. Ruth

  • Post #5
  • Tue Feb 18, 2020
Hi, I'm Ruth A P.

To post 2 and 3—I am scheduled for a bone density scan before my
April appointment with my oncologist. Will let you know what my results are in April. I have been on Arimides/Anastrozole since July, 2018 and I was diagnosed with osteopenia in January, 2018. Laying everything in God’s hands to carry for me. Ruth

  • Post #6
  • Tue Feb 18, 2020
Hi, I'm Teri Y H.

to post 2 and 3: I was on tamoxifen, anastrozole and exemestane for a few months each and have now been on letrozole for several months. it is the ai that has the least painful side effects for me. I have been diagnosed with osteopenia 1 year into the ai’s and I am about to receive my second round of treatments for that. the first for me was a zometa infusion that I had an adverse reaction to. I will receive a prolia injection this time. fingers crossed all goes well!

  • Post #7
  • Wed Feb 19, 2020
Hi, I'm Susan A.

To post 1-I had lumpectomy surgery March 2019 and had 3 weeks of radiation treatments ending May 2019. I also have had the tightness under my arm and some tenderness. My radiation oncologist said that it was common to have this happen. He said some of it is from scare tissue. By this past December, it has mostly gone away. Hang in there!

  • Post #8
  • Wed Feb 19, 2020

In response to the post regarding tightness and tenderness after lumpectomy, it could be scar tissue that’s formed. It’s called “cording” or “axillary web syndrome,” I developed it early on after my lumpectomy with removal of 2 lymph nodes. I went to a massage therapist who was familiar with treating “AWS” and saw results after one session. I had a total of 4 sessions and my arm is back to normal. Hope this info is helpful.

  • Post #9
  • Wed Feb 19, 2020
Hi, I'm Ruth A P.

To post #7 – I am getting the prolix shot every 6 months. Will be getting a bone density scan before my April appt with my dr. Will be interesting to get the results because I was diagnosed with osteopenia in January 2018. Have had 3 shots so far. At first my insurance would not cover the prolia shot since I had never used the other medicines for osteopenia until a study came out that showed
taking arimidex/anastrozole weakens the bones further. I have no side effects from the Prolia shot except some arm discomfort from the needle stick but this last time I didn’t even have that. Good luck with
your journey and may you come out on top at the end of it.

  • Post #10
  • Thu Feb 20, 2020

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