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Arthritis vs secondary bone cancer

By Anonymous August 24, 2009 - 10:50am
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I had a masectomey 3/13/2009, then chemo(CMF). During chemo i fell and broke several ribs in august of last year. I had a pet scan in May of this year, ordered due to hip bone pain and the radiologist states that he thought it was possible arthritis in the ribs. I have IDC. T2N1M0, state III. My Question, is it possible to get arthritis that quick? and can it be mistaken on the PET scan?

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Hi, I have recently been diagnosed arthritis in my symphisis pubis bone (which they agree is an odd place to have it!), also I have pain in my left hip and lower back which on xray they say was a slipped disk. I have pain in my illio-sacro joint which really is getting worse and hurts when I walk. I had cervical cancer stage 1a 11 years ago. I've had a bone scan and asked for a bone biopsy which my doctor refused as he says it is invasive. Do I have the right to demand one? Is it possible that what they say is arthritis is a recurrance of cervical cancer and which is the best diagnostic method. Please can you help with my questions? Thank you

September 3, 2009 - 5:09am

I'm sorry to hear about your broken ribs on top of your chemotherapy! Congratulations on being a cancer survivor.

There are over 100 different types of arthritis, the most common affecting joints (arthritis means inflammation of the joint). The rib cage contains "synovial joints," a joint surrounded by a membrane containing a protective fluid. I hope I stated that correctly!

I can imagine that your general aches and fatigue are related to your treatment. I hope that you're not on Prednisone for an extended length of time. In your case, it probably is conceivable to have developed arthritis that quickly, since your body and immune system are so weakened.

Here's wishing you well and more comfortable days.

August 24, 2009 - 6:15pm
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