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Question - Sunday, October 20, 2013 10:55 AM
I have been having tingling and numbness in my hand recently. My primary care thinks it is carpal tunnel but is sending me for an X-ray just to make sure. My question is could it be related to the surgery or radiation? I have noticed that my armpit is numb when I put deo. on. My primary care said that I have some Lymphedema in my arm but he does not think that is what is causing the problems. He said my arm would have to be more more swollen to cause nerve problems. I am going to see a Lymphedema specialist this week to get it checked out. I am so frustrated by all of this. It seems to be never ending!!
37 yr old
 Dx infiltrating ductal carcinoma march 2013 stage 1, Er/pr+ her-  node neg.
Partial mastectomy may 2013
Radiation completed August 2013
Tamoxifen started August 2013  then stopped November 2013                       due to an allergic reaction
Zoladex injections started January 2014
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Re:Question - Sunday, October 20, 2013 11:50 AM
Hi Has,

Sorry to hear you're having a hard time.  Be patient with yourself as there is no set time frame for healing.  Each of us are different and have different coping skills. 

My armpit also has a strange sensation in that while I can sort of feel a touch, it isn't totally numb, but it doesn't feel "normal" as it did prior to this all.


Good luck with your hand,
Leah

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2/8/13 DCIS in left breast, ER+ PR+
3/11/13 skin and nipple sparing mast of left breast with expander
5/9/13 expander replaced with saline implant
5/28/13-7/5/13 radiation 
11/26/13 augmentation of the right, healthy breast with implant
12/2/13 LCIS in right, "healthy" breast
2/5/14 skin and nipple sparing mast of right breast with final implant
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Re:Question - Sunday, October 20, 2013 2:23 PM
The area under your arm will feel numb which is normal as the nerve endings were cut there, the tingling in your hand could be caused by Tamoxifen as I had a similar issue with Arimidex , I wouldn't think its rads so its best to have it checked just in case.
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
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Re:Question - Sunday, October 20, 2013 5:19 PM
If it is a side effect from the Tamoxifen, is there anything that I can do or do I just have to deal with it? I have been seeing my primary care dr about this issue. I am going to call my onc. tomorrow to see if I can get some answers.
37 yr old
 Dx infiltrating ductal carcinoma march 2013 stage 1, Er/pr+ her-  node neg.
Partial mastectomy may 2013
Radiation completed August 2013
Tamoxifen started August 2013  then stopped November 2013                       due to an allergic reaction
Zoladex injections started January 2014
Tricia Keegan

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Re:Question - Monday, October 21, 2013 10:46 AM
In my case it cleared up itself after a few months and was just referred to as "Trigger thumb" or neuropathy by my GP, you can get meds to treat neuropathy also but these have their own side effects too so I didn't take any for it.
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
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Tricia Keegan

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Re:Question - Monday, October 21, 2013 10:46 AM
In my case it cleared up itself after a few months and was just referred to as "Trigger thumb" or neuropathy by my GP, you can get meds to treat neuropathy also but these have their own side effects too so I didn't take any for it.
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
Carepage- survivortricia
Tricia Keegan

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Re:Question - Monday, October 21, 2013 1:10 PM
Tricia Keegan...From Ireland Dx July '05 IDC 3/9 nodes pos..triple positive..a/c x 4..Taxol/herceptin x 12
Herceptin 1yr ..rads x35 oophorectomy Aug '06
Currently taking Arimidex /Zometa 1 x yearly
Carepage- survivortricia
Pat Patterson

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Re:Question - Monday, October 21, 2013 4:19 PM
I had "trigger thumb" as well and just like Tricia, it went away after a while.  I could not pick up a gallon of milk or trust myself to hold a tervis tumbler.... what a pain but when you consider the alternative.....
DX 5/13/08 Clearwater, FL HER2 +
IDC Stage IIIA changed 12/2/08 to IIB Grade 3
Taxotere, Carbo & Herceptin  6/11/08
Part Mas 11/5/08 SNB neg & addl node neg - CLEAN MARGINS!
Arimidex 11/25/08  35 Rads 12/15/08

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