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Breast Lumps and Pain

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Comment from: Kirsty, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 12

I am 20 years old and I have had pain in my right breast for 2 and a half months. I first noticed it when my boyfriend gently rested his head on my chest and I felt my breast push down slightly followed by a sharp pain. I've felt no lumps until tonight as I was getting into bed. It's painful to touch, almost like a bad bruise. It's at the bottom of my breast which made me think maybe it's my bras so I went out to get new and comfy t-shirt bras but the pain has just gotten worse.

Comment from: Faith , 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I was diagnosed with fibrocystic breast tissue. I've had a lump removed by surgery, and a needle insertion to drain a lump. Both came back benign, it's that time again for another mammogram, I don't want to get it done! Wonder if I can just get an ultrasound instead. I'm tired of getting abnormal results on mammogram when I already know what's going on, only to be told to get an ultrasound! And it's too painful for the mammogram. I can’t understand why I need both tests.

Comment from: Joe, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

I am reading this because I never thought that this would be something to worry about. So for living with the right side nipple hurting for 6 months I finally decided to get it looked at by my doctor during an annual. I had a mammogram the next morning with three lumps and the 2 doctors are trying to schedule a surgery as soon as possible. The wife is having a hard time wrapping her head around this and we're not even sure what to tell the kids (still in grade school). Something they don't prepare you for.

Comment from: flordagirl, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: April 28

I've got a mass in my right breast; I first noticed it about 1 or 2 months ago and it didn't hurt, but now it's sore. Well, actually it first showed up a few years ago, was really small and went away, but now it is back and bigger. The mammogram and ultrasound didn't show much as the tissue inside my breasts was too dense, but my obstetrician/gynecologist had me go see a specialist anyway. She had me get a mammogram and ultrasound again this time, and now wants me to go see a breast specialist again. Better safe than sorry I suppose.

Comment from: GrannieW, 45-54 (Patient) Published: August 29

I recently had an appointment with my GYN and she said my uterus was enlarged and she wanted me to have an ultrasound on that and a mammogram (since I had not had one up to this point). Well the ultrasound shows a tumor on my uterus and the mammogram just came back with masses in both breasts. I am absolutely terrified right now, but I can’t say anything to my husband or my kids (adults) because I don't want them to worry needlessly. I go back to the imaging center next week for sonogram on the breasts, and then back to the GYN the following week to decide if the uterus tumor can be biopsied in her office or if it needs to be in hospital. I’m having a hard time pretending everything is normal when I’m so scared.

Comment from: taylor95, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

I have had a small lump that you can feel if you press down, on my nipple. it's not visible from the outside, just on the inside of the breast. I've had it for years and a long time ago they said it was okay, likely a gland. It seems to get a little bigger when I'm on my period, but even then it's still rather small. It feels small and round.

Comment from: Y1920, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 03

I’m 19 and I have had this lump/ball on my right breast for a few years now (about 3 or 4 years). I never have the chance to go and check it out but I think it is getting bigger. It doesn’t hurt or anything, it is just a lump.

Comment from: Pratt, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I have big lumps in both my breasts, two on one side of my breast and one on the second side, and it has been very painful for over 5 years. I don't know what to do, maybe someone can explain to me better.

Comment from: Brenda, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I am 34 years old and recently discovered a pea-sized hard knot in my right breast. I don't currently have insurance yet, and I am looking for places that take women with no insurance to check the lump in my breast.

Comment from: halesmom, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I am a 53-year-old, recently menopausal woman, who was diagnosed with cellulitis of the right breast four weeks ago. I took antibiotics for 20 days and all signs of infection had disappeared six or seven days before I finished the medicine. I was left with a hard lump, which does not move and does not hurt. Both ultrasounds I have had do not suggest cancer, neither does the diagnostic mammogram. The mammo report says further testing is required; however, my doctor, a breast surgeon, has decided to wait another month because she says hard tissue can remain after an infection, and she thinks that is what this is. Basically, that means if the lump is still there in another month, I will finally get a biopsy and should it show something, I will have wasted nine weeks of treatment time because my lump isn't usual. To doctors who may read this: Don't torture your patients. If a lump is present without infection, or as in my case, if there is no reason for the infection, do a biopsy right away for the peace of mind it can bring. The Internet is full of stories of women who were assured from a mammogram and an ultrasound that they were fine.

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Comment from: J, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 13

I found a lump in my left breast about 6 months after losing 140 lb from gastric bypass surgery (2 months ago). I am waiting for my mammogram and ultrasound appointment in a few weeks; my doctor thinks it is just fibrocystic breast tissue but is doing them to be sure. The thing freaking me out the most is that there is no pain at all with the lump and this finding follows pre-cancerous cervical, uterine and skin cells that have all required surgeries and procedures (I still have the bad uterine and skin cells). I guess I just have to wait and see, but I never thought at 34 I'd have more yearly doctor appointments than my grandmother does. Just don't know if I can take one more bad diagnosis.

Comment from: suzieqqqqx, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 10

I was diagnosed with breast cancer nine months after I was told I only had cysts. That hospital did not do a biopsy, only a mammogram and ultrasound. Nine months later I was referred by a different doctor to a different hospital that did lots of tests, a mammogram, an ultrasound, and a needle biopsy. I was told they found a total of seven tumors via the biopsy, and I would need to have my breast removed. I wonder if those seven tumors grew in the nine months that I was absent from that first hospital or if they were there previously but misdiagnosed as cysts.

Comment from: Jemima, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I found a lump in my breast roughly eight months ago, give or take. I went to get a mammogram like most referred but I got dismissed because I was not 40, I was 30 at the time. I was supposed to go back for an ultrasound but I got very busy and forgot, then couple months later it disappeared and I could not feel it. It was not small either so I dismissed it and thought, great it's gone. So I left it. The other day I felt the lump in the same spot, it us hard but the mass can move.

Comment from: Blueshell, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

My mother had breast cancer in her 60s, I now have a rather large lump in my left breast. I have had a mammogram, with a follow up ultrasound. I am now scheduled for a biopsy but not for almost a month away!

Comment from: Christina, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I am 34 years old and I have had problems with pain in my chest, but a couple of years ago I felt a lump on the left side of my breast and towards the middle of my breast. I don't know what to think and wonder if it's a cyst, I don't really know a lot about a cyst either.

Comment from: mandy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I discovered two lumps in my breast. I'm currently waiting for a scan for the last 6 weeks. I have now developed a very sore nipple and I can now feel some more lumps. The tissue behind my nipple is also hard.?

Comment from: vegas, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 02

I have a lump and pain in my left breast, my gyno last year told me not to worry. This year, my gyno sent me to a breast care center. I will have my second more invasive procedure soon.

Comment from: tired of lumps, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 30

I’ve had large, painful lumps. Every aspiration seemed to increase the size of the lumps.

Comment from: sue, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

In last 6 months I have had several mammagrams and sonograms showing abnormal results. I now will be having a needle biopsy. I was told yesterday that I showed a mass that had not grown any in 6 months but was showing calcification that needed a biopsy for clarification of what it is.

Comment from: Bubbles, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 24

I'm 60 years old and have recently been diagnosed with 1.5 cm mass on my right breast. I'm scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram and ultra sound on Monday. I have no pain and feel no mass. It was found when I had my mammogram. I'm not really scared it is the unknown that is the worst part. It has been a week since I was told I needed more testing. It is always in the back of your mine what if it is cancer. I guess I always thought that wouldn't happen to me. I work in the medical field but when it happens to you, it makes it real.

Comment from: mich1969, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I found a large hard pain full lump in my left breast. I also had pain under my arm and down the back of my arm. I went straight to my GP who put me on antibiotics and wanted me back in five. When I saw my GP again, she there and then phoned the surgeons at the hospital who wanted me in on the following morning at 09.30. This was all happening very quickly in the meantime the pain had gone from my breast my arm and under my arm but the lump is still there. After I saw the surgeons he sent me straight down to the breast clinic to see the consultant.

Comment from: Kelbel29, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 04

I've had a lump in my left breast for quite a while I had it checked out at a breast clinic. It was dismissed by the doctor as I happened to be on my period at the time. It is now bigger and more painful and has made my left breast bigger than my right! Now the pain exists like this whether I'm on a period or not. I worry about going back to the doctor, but my sister tells me to not be afraid and not to stop until I get an answer and relief. So, I hear it’s probably not cancer, and I know it can be a variety of other things like a breast infection... I think I’m going to see a different doctor just to be sure.

Comment from: Help, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I found a lump in my breast and went to the emergency room, and I told them that it was very painful and the lump got big over night. The stated to me that I have Fibrocystic Breast Disease, and there is nothing that they can do for me at this time. I must get a mammogram

Comment from: Juls, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I had a very large mass in my right breast with 3 more behind that I can feel. I went to my doctor on and she believes it to be mastitis. I am on large doses of an antibiotic and I am worried. After self exam the spot is indented? My doctor said we will try this med for 10 days to see if it will kill off the infection.

Comment from: [email protected], 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I found a lump in my right breast about 2 months ago. Knowing I was due for a mammogram next month I waited. I reported the lump which was not picked up on the mammogram. This is the 5th breast lump I have caught BEFORE the mammogram ever has! I had an ultra sound and the radiologist said he did not like the looks of it, it wasn't a cyst and it was somewhat jagged and the size of a lima bean. He suspects cancer or something in a gray area? I have an appointment with a surgeon on Tuesday. EEK! Four of my lumps were cysts but one was a tumor yet benign. This time the lump is a bit painful which is new to me. I have extremely dense fibrous breasts that get worse each year. It is getting harder and harder for them to see anything but black. Good luck to all of you, wish me luck as well.

Comment from: Female (Patient) Published: May 19

Hi, I am 35 years old and I have a lump in my right breast very close to my nipple. Just months ago, I had this very same lump and it was removed, but they said it was not cancer. The doctor told me after the surgery that he didn’t know what the lump was, but that he had gotten it all. He used something like a blow torch and in two months time, the lump is back. I have a scheduled mammogram and ultrasound tomorrow and I am very scared now.

Comment from: achesney, Female (Patient) Published: April 27

I just found a lump last week in my left breast. I had a follow up with my primary care doctor today. She is sending me for an Ultra Sound and diagnostic test tomorrow. I am 47 and my mother was diagnosed in 2009 with breast cancer that has now spread to her brain. She is 74 years old and is now living with me. I am under a lot of stress and very nervous/scared to what they might find tomorrow. I have been having early signs of menopause and have been reading this can occur during this time. I will hope for good news tomorrow. I never thought it could happen to me. Thanks for letting me share.

Comment from: em, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 05

I am 30 years old and had a partial hysterectomy three years ago. I was put on hormone replacement therapy a year ago. A few weeks into the therapy, I noticed that I have a painful lump in my breast.

Comment from: Cherokee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 29

I was diagnosed with a breast disease age 20. Since then, every year I have had lumps and mass removed from my breast for testing. My right breast is so tiny now from all the surgeries and my left breast had greenish discharge. Dark green discharge from nipple can be blood as in my case. Now I am 50 and new lumps have appeared in both breasts again. The left side breast lump is hard and painful it's turning my nipple towards middle of chest. In the right breast my doctor found another lump. A digital mammogram has been ordered for me next week. I hate mammograms of any kind. I would rather have an ultrasound because they are far less painful.

Comment from: Concerned, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 08

Had Hysterectomy few months ago due to large cyst and major menstrual problems, had mammogram prior to surgery which came back “normal.” About 2 weeks ago I discovered lump in breast which grew in size over weekend, then reduced again in size by the time I went in to see my doctor a few days later. Was referred by PA for ultrasound which found many "lesions" some partially collapsed and some about 3 cm in diameter. After my Doctor reviewed ultrasound she referred me to Surgeon or further consults. Possible biopsy, possible to wait and see routine, who knows! Prayers for me and every woman out there dealing with these concerns.

Comment from: mistaryus, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: August 10

I am 14 years old, (Wow I know) so I've had lumps in my breasts too. I've had one on the left and one on the right which were removed. Both times were pronounced benign so I'm happy for that. I've always had some sort of health problem so this wasn't a huge shock but when I discovered the first lump I cried so much because I was so scared. Now after going through those experiences I'm more conscious about my health. Right now I'm more worried about these constant strange headaches. But that's another story. Wish me luck!

Comment from: rena, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 19

I am a 54 year old woman , who had a hysterectomy in 2006 from oversized fibroids. In the meantime I have had a lump in my left breast, which I found in 2007. I have had mammograms and ultra sounds. The doctors say it is nothing. This year I found a new doctor. After a mammogram was done she asked for an ultra sound and a digital. In the end I had to have an MRI. After much discussion, we decided to have the lump removed. It is too far back to just have it drained by needle, and it is solid and in a very suspicious area in the back of the breast. I have decided to go ahead and have the surgery this coming Tuesday. My doctor suggests, it may not be cancer. They will be able to do a quick biopsy before sewing me up, but if it is, it will be caught at in early enough stage, where I will hopefully see my great grandchildren grow. I will keep all updated on what has been found.

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