A mother who was told by botched doctors she had a pinched nerve after her shoulder began to hurt has now learned she has just months to live.
Andrea Fenn, 52, says she was “fobbed off” by medics before finally finding out she had cancer.
The mother-of-three first contacted her GP in May 2021 after experiencing excruciating pain in her shoulder and spine.
But Andrea was told she was simply suffering from a frozen shoulder – or adhesive capsulitis – which causes stiffness and pain in the joint.
The 52-year-old, from Leigh, Wigan, tried to shake off her concerns but her condition continued to deteriorate throughout the year.
Doctors suspected she might also have a pinched nerve — however, no surgery, test or medication could find the cause of her pain.
She continued to call doctors “at least once or twice a week,” but they still couldn’t find a cure for her health problems.
The weary ex-recipient then decided to get a second opinion from another GP after being “passed from pillar to pillar”.
Andrea was referred for an MRI scan – and was tragically told there was a lump in her lungs.
The devastated mum was then informed that she had lung cancer – and believes it could have been spotted more quickly if her concerns had been taken more seriously.
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Andrea told the Manchester Evening News: “Cancer never crossed my mind. I assumed it was a problem with my shoulder.
“If someone had listened to me, I might not have been in stage three. The pain was excruciating.
“I wanted to go to bed and hope I didn’t wake up. They told me they couldn’t prescribe me anything other than painkillers.”
The 52-year-old then underwent grueling chemotherapy and immunotherapy treatments after her shock diagnosis.
But she was dealt another terrible blow after discovering a lump on her stomach – which was diagnosed as a secondary cancer.
Heartbroken Andrea added: “We were shocked because we were told the lump in my stomach was from injections.
I just try to do as much as possible while I can. While I feel like pointing the finger, I just don’t have the energy.
“It’s devastating. I try to keep my chin up and be brave.”
She described telling her older children as “devastating” but has kept her 11-year-old son from knowing “the extent” of her condition.
Andrea explained: “I’m not the only one – there are millions of people with cancer but it’s literally ruined and taken over my life.
“I’m just trying to do as much as I can while I can. I want to point the finger, but I just don’t have the energy.”
A GoFundMe page has been launched to raise funds for her to “create precious memories with what little time she has left”.
Her daughter Tara Fenn shared her admiration for her “strong” mother and her anger that doctors didn’t diagnose her sooner.
https://www.thesun.ie/health/8760351/mum-told-trapped-nerve-shoulder-months-to-live/ I was told I had a pinched nerve when my shoulder started to hurt