Muscular skeletal side effects from radiation
I had lumpectomy surgery. Did great with that no residual pain or change in range of motion of my right dominant arm. Three weeeks after radiation I developed severe pain, decreased tang of motion of my arm, my rib cage, and shoulder pain. I had nerve pain that went from my chest to arm pit to just above my elbow. I saw physical medication and rehabilitation doctor and have begun program of physical therapy. I developed cording. I am curious if other patients have developed these symptoms and did they go away with time. How long did they last? I feel that the only symptoms radiation oncology addressed was skin and fatigue. I have read that 7/8 women have muscular skeletal issues after radiation. One of my other questions is why all women who undergo surgery and radiation are not referred to physical therapy prior to intervention for PT program and education of what to watch for. Also measurements can be takes at baseline for possibility of lymph edema and baseline range of motion measurements. I still cannot lay on my right side. Any one else with similar issues?