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breast pain can anyone calm me ....

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ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 13:06:22

having breast pain in right breast when i touch prod it and pain/aching going down to arm , i have been poking it a bit i guess feeling for lumps and in armpit etc , cant feel anything different i dont think, but maybe docs will be better than me period due in weeks time so i didnt think was that ....
i have booked an appointment for after my period to see my doctor as may not be able to tell till thats over maybe ? ...
im 42 ...
and suffer with health anxiety so trying really hard to keep rational thinking ....and not loose the plot ....
thanks for listening

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 15:49:55


NickiFury Thu 28-Aug-14 15:53:05

I've health anxiety too, just this morning I have been to the doctors to ask if I would still be up and about if I was having the repeated minor heart attacks I was worried I had been suffering from over the past two weeks hmm. I'm a nightmare for it, you're not alone.

Personally I would go to the doctors as soon as possible. Just for the reassurance.

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 15:56:32

oh dear , what did the doc say to you ?

I have an appointment in a weeks time , my DS is just out of homefrom hospital after an accident so i cant get out anytime soon , hes prioritynot me .
but i guess if i get worse i will have to ...notice it more when im sitting , when im busy moving around its not so bad ...

SweetFelicityArkwright Thu 28-Aug-14 16:19:39

I have breast pain similar to what you describe and it got so bad I was referred to the breast clinic. Even before any further tests the breast specialist nurse told me that pain is very,very rarely a sign of cancer. They ended up finding a couple of small benign cysts that were probably causing the pain but it could have been down to hormones as I was perimenopausal.

I know it is very difficult not to worry but breast pain is very unlikely to be a sign of something sinister. Even if you find a lump the probability that it is cancer is very low- something like 80% are benign.

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 16:54:14

thanks sweet, thats good to hear ...i am trying to keep it in perspective ...
hope you are ok now x

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 19:25:45

bump x

UnderThePink Thu 28-Aug-14 21:00:49

Hi there, another health anxiety person here (was convinced I had cervical cancer last month despite having no symptoms for it!)

Anyway, I've also been told that breast cancer very very very rarely presents with pain so unlikely to be the problem. Prob a benign cyst or inflamed tissue from all the prodding smile I get breast pain pre-period so maybe it is hormonal. I'd see the GP for reassurance - good luck!

LEMmingaround Thu 28-Aug-14 21:03:13

How well do your bras fit?

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 21:12:07

thank you , i have small breasts so bras always bit big in the cup to be honest although round the chest can be tight , iv taken it off tonight see if that helps , i will go solo tomorrow as just at home see if that helps again arm aching a bit to , my period is due next wednesday so not sure if can get pain related that far away from period /hormones ...i did google a little (know i shouldnt ) but did say breast pain not usually a symptom of BC , but can be in rare cases ..

LEMmingaround Thu 28-Aug-14 21:15:20

I suffer from health anxiety too. Its horrible. I have medication to deal with it. Prodding and poking will make it hurt more. Breast tissue takes a while to recover so if you can try and not fiddle.

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 21:21:25

thank you LEM , i know i shouldnt keep touching it , but as you prob know part of the health anxiety is to constantly check time and time again , well thats what i do ...
glad you have some meds to help considering ADs at the moment ..

BCBG Thu 28-Aug-14 21:25:03

I had//have episodes of VERY painful great pain heading into the menopause and a week off your period I would say its that. I have had two lumps removed before - the good news for you is that BC is very very rarely painful - it's painless lumps that ring immediate alarm bells.

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 21:30:19

thank you BCBG for reassurance , hope you are ok now .. ? im 42 could i be pre menopause ?
i have an appointment with my GP a week monday , my period is due next wednesday so thought id wait and see what happens .....does that sound a reasonable time scale to wait ? hmm x

LEMmingaround Thu 28-Aug-14 21:40:39

Do talk to your gp about ads.

With regards to the checking can you give yourself a time where you can check? So maybe first thing in the day? Then say 3 o clock?

What are you looking for? All that prodding will make your breast lumpy and painful.

I was referred to the breast clinic for breast pain. Was reassured by consultant that there was no problems. A few weeks later iwas back at the gp hysterical because i thought my tonsils were tumours hmm

Had a recent scare with a breast lump. I was climbing the walls . Insane with worry. Had to drug myself to the eyeballs on valium. On top of my ads. Lovely lovely mumsnetters were there for me. Turned out to be a cyst and some hardened fat due to an injury to my breast a month or so previous. I hada mammogram and ultrasound which i found generally useful in calming me. I couldn't actually speak by the clinic i was so terrified. It was all ok.but the checking omg the checking. It didn't hurt but it certainly did by the timei finished poking it. It was ok. Like 90% of people turning upat the breast clinic. It was fine thanks

LEMmingaround Thu 28-Aug-14 21:44:14

You know what. I don't think you should wait. You will drive yourself loopy if you wait.can you get an on the day appointment tomorrow or at your first convenience? Then you can stop worrying.

Anyone without ha id say wait but why worry yourself sick if you don't have to.

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 21:47:38

so pleased all was ok for you , horrible to go through im sure ..x

i will try not to check as much tomorrow , keep busy to that helps ..

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 21:52:02

i cant get there as my DS is home with broken wrist and i cant leave him ...i think i will give the weekend if really bad and no better over weekend i will go monday if i can .....

ballofworry Thu 28-Aug-14 22:11:04

going to take some paracetomol and go to bed , and hope feels a little better tomorrow ..
night all and thnks for advice x

LEMmingaround Thu 28-Aug-14 22:21:13

Ibruprofen better i think. Both if its bad. Xx

Noshowofmojo Thu 28-Aug-14 22:21:17

Two weeks ago I was holding my right breast on and off for a few days, as the pain was so bad and my period wasn't due for a while. Of course, all sorts of thoughts went through my head too, but it's completely gone now...I must admit I think my underwire bra was aggravating it. Hope your pain eases off soon but if it doesn't, get down the docs and get yourself seen/put your mind at rest.

LEMmingaround Thu 28-Aug-14 22:23:36

When i had pain it was down to my underwire bra. They are the work of satan

Kakaka Thu 28-Aug-14 22:35:36

I had breast pain for a few weeks- really bad. Enough to make me stop and take a breath. I did some internet research and tried taking evening primrose. It went away completely in two or three days.

ballofworry Fri 29-Aug-14 09:34:04

thank you everyone , have had a shower and gentle feel and does feel slightly better so far ... so will keep the bra off today , keep myself busy and not poke and prod ...

if does get worse over the weekend i will go to doctors as soon as i can Monday if can get an appointment !! ...i still will keep the appointment a week monday and get checked then also ..
think that sounds a reasonable plan ..... hmm x

LEMmingaround Fri 29-Aug-14 09:39:06

Sounds reasonable to me. You know why it hurt less this morning don't you? Because youve been asleep and not prodding. Busy busy today. Maybe take some paracetamol so it doesn't niggle flowers

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