I had your symptoms a few years ago but hadn’t had a lymph node dissection on the right side, by far the worst of the 2. When it really got bothering me at night I self diagnosed myself with carpal tunnel issues and bought a special splint to wear at night. After a few months I had numbness in the thumb, index, and middle fingers. I went to my clinic and had nerve conduction studies that confirmed carpal tunnel problems. Since my right had was the worst both for me and on testing I elected to have surgery and not a steroid shot. What a difference. About 3 months after surgery all numbness was now gone but the left one started acting the same way. I elected to try a steroid shot first, relieved some of my symptoms but not all so had surgery on it as well (9 months after the other one). BTW—I too was on Letrozole at the time but never thought to ask if it was it causing my problems.
I had a lumpectomy back in April of 2018 with 4 lymph nodes removed. Then radiation. I have some scar tissue and my breast can become very sore. It does come and go. Good news is, some days I hardly notice it at all! Good luck.
Post #8 I had the same thing happened to me. Lumpectomy Dec 2017, had positive margins so another surgery in January 2018 to get clear margins. My dr did the Oncotype DX test to determine if I needed chemo. Results were 20% recurrence without chemo, 8% recurrence with chemo. So I did the chemo-16 treatments in 20 weeks, fatigue was my worst problem. 18 Radiation treatments after that. My bc was Stage 1 invasive ductual carcinoma with DCIS, lymph nodes were clear. Am now on Anastrozole for 5-10 years to reduce my estrogen because my cancer was ER positive. Was 59 when I was diagnosed and now am 60. My doctors were very informative. I am now trying to build my strength and endurance back up. Hot and humid days just do me in somewhat now, when I was in the middle of my treatments I found I could not tolerate the heat or humidity(live in the Midwest) If I went out it was after 4 pm when the sun had lost a lot of its heat. Good luck with your treatments Ruth
Hi, I’m 48 and was dx’d IDC ER/PR+ stage 1A Sept 2018. I have the same thing…hand swelling in the morning which eventually goes away in the day and accompanied by intermittent numbness in the first 3 fingers. Also starting to have trigger finger, which runs in my family. I only had 1 lymph node dissected and have hx of carpel tunnel prior to BC dx.
AIs are notorious for worsening muscular skeletal issues pre-BC. It sounds like that’s what is happening to both of us. While my oncologist did say the release surgery would bring relief, I’m going to try other options first (CBD oil, specific exercises, etc.). I really don’t want another surgery, but want to stay on my AI for the prescribed length to combat recurrence. I’m only 5 mos into five-year course. Ugh…hoping this side effect doesn’t become too impactful, as I’m finding myself increasingly using my other hand instead.