rib pain.. on side with mass

HI!! did anyone have rib pain or muscle pain by the rib/ breast ?? hurts when i try to life my arm or take a deep breath.. i did see the doctor yesterday. she said pulled muscle from coughing..anyone have this?
hope all is well with you all.. so new to this, that i can't post to help anyone yet.. i will try.
. have a good saturday Gina

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I have some rib and side pain on my lower right side that comes and goes. I find that I feel it if I do too much lifting, but after a couple of days it feels better.

Sue

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My husband had rib pain due to mets to the right 7th rib -- he is stage 4 -- tumors in upper right lung, lower left lung mets to pulmonary lymph nodes and right 7th rib. The rib pain is what sent him to the doctor Oct 2011 and the resulting x-ray discovered the tumors. His rib pain went away for the most part with his chemo but he sometimes still feels discomfort -- onc thinks due to the rib being cracked due to the cance.

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oh thanks.. i have been coughing snice april.. not sure what the mass is yet.. but its there..biopsy sometime this week i hope.. my doc was so good and kind.

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Hi Gina,
This is a scary time for anyone who has to play this waiting game. Yes, coughing can pull a muscle, in some cases bad coughs have been known to break ribs on some people too. Each of us begins to wonder if any new pain or discomfort is caused by a cancer metastasis. I don't know if we ever really get completely over it. We have to learn not to borrow trouble.

Bring any questions you have here. It's a good place to be. Let us know how the biopsy goes.

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thank you

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I experienced rib pain that was a build up of fluid between my chest wall and my affected lung. It was a pleural effusion, and it hurt. I was positive it was a broken rib, and it was my first signal (which I completed missed) that I had lung cancer. I'm sure your doc has probably already ruled that out through X-rays or CT scans. But I know, too, that women especially can rupture the place where front and back ribs connect, simply through coughing. That will heal itself. If it's liquid, draining eliminates the rib pain right away (though the drain hurts a bit, too). Hoping you get through all of this with enough pain meds to help you through this scary time. You can do it.

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Hi Gina,
After my surgery, I had rib/side pain, particularly when
I wore a bra. That was a killer for me. Now, 18mos post op I find I can lift my arm over my head no pain or discomfort. My only problem is fluid build up under the right breast where the ribs & sternum meet. That causes pain that will radiate into the right breast. Sometimes if I lift anything too heavy or am overly tired, my ribs get achey.
Melinda

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I have a tumor on left side, no mestastizing, no hot spots, but after 9 mos, 6 wks of radiation, 3 different chemo drugs, I am sore on my left side..sometimes, my bicep, arm is weak, left leg is weak, left upper breast bone area is tight, achy, sometimes swollen & hot.. I heard radiation scarring, which shows up down the road from the treatment is common, so I blame all the discomfort on that...I use pain pills, & xanax..had to move my bedroom furniture to accomodate the left side pain/weakness...our new normal I guess...I find the onc seems to be "guessing"...guess thats why they call it the "practice"...
liz, out

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thanks.. today there is no pain.. i haven't been coughing that last few days.. 10 days ago my doc gave me inflammatory drug for tail bone pain.. was sitting to much on a hard chair.. the pain is gone.. but also i havent been caughing only when i drink cold stuff.. this is crazy.. so confused

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Like Bandan, my husband had rib pain which lead to his diagnosis. His was helped by radiation. He does continue to have some pain, hopefully from radiation and cryoablation on that rib.
Liz

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does the pain come and go.. the pain i had yesterday in the morning hurt bad.. then took infammatory drugs and i feel great.. so so confused

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My husband started taking Advil for the pain and it helped for several weeks -- then he had to trade up to Tramadol -- his first chemo stopped the cancer from growing and the pain went away -- he still has occasional discomfort/pain -- probably due to the rib being broken from the cancer

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Hi I just want o comment on pain, I have not been diagnosed with anything yet, I have multiple spots or nodes on my left lung, waiting to see Lung specialist, currently on a waiting list. My pain started in May 2012, that is what led to them finding spots on lung. I have Pain on my left side and on or in my left breast, and under arm, and shoulder, the degree of pain varies, from very sore, tender to the touch and a burning sensation. This weekend more pain than usual. I actually went for a mammogram on Saturday, thinking maybe I have something wrong with my left breast. Then I went to the Hospital thinking I am having a heart attack, apparently no Heart attack, just gave me aspirin and sent me home, still in pain. would you not think they would wonder why I have this pain and investigate it, I am thinking unless you are literally dying, they send you home. The saying take two aspirin and call me in the morning is so true and maddening. Arggg. noticed today I have a heavy feeling in chest. Is any of this consistent with possible lung cancer?

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Hi Miss My Brother...
To answer your question, I never had pain in my chest, breast, or rib area prior to surgery. My discomfort was after surgery. In fact they would have missed my cancer if it wasn't for laryngitis. Good luck to you. Any tests that ER has ordered should have been sent to your primary. I would give them a call & ask what the results were.

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