Boob pain for Xmas
December 22, 2013 8:51 AM Subscribe
Basically what it says on the tin. I've been having a bit of an achy right breast for a while now. Help me calm down between now and my mammogram in two weeks.
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (24 answers total)
I noticed the pain a couple of weeks ago. I couldn't pinpoint a location, and I couldn't find a lump. It was basically "it aches most of the time; when I poke around, it aches more." When it hadn't gone away after about a week, I called my doctor's office and scheduled a mammogram, which is now about two weeks off.
Since then, the pain has faded a bit. I started to think maybe the pain had gone away, but my poking at it had prolonged the symptom. But tonight I noticed it hurting again. This time, I was able to pinpoint a location of where it aches most, and when I press on it, it hurts quite intensely. I found what felt like a lump, maybe? But my breasts are pretty lumpy, and when I felt for it again just now I couldn't find it. The location of the pain is somewhere just behind my aureola, a bit to the right. It's not in the chest wall - definitely in the fleshy part of my breast.
As I said, I've already scheduled a mammogram. I'm just looking for a little peace of mind in the meantime. It's the holidays, and I really don't want to spend them scared I might have breast cancer. The internet seems evenly split between "pain means it's unlikely to be cancer" vs "pain tells you nothing."
I have two questions. First - it seems pretty clear that my options are "benign cyst" or "breast cancer." Does the intensity of the pain when I push the spot, or the location of the pain, mean it's more likely to be one or the other? Second - since there's no real way to be sure, what can I do between now and the mammogram to help me be less scared?
YANMD, YANMD, YANMD.