question- maybe I'm being a hypochondriac

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TraciZ
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   Posted 4/28/2008 10:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
I have Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's disease (not sure which). Anyway, I'm scheduled for a mamogram and ultrasound after having localized pain in my left breast for about a week. (I'm 34.) I just wonder if taking prednisone for the UC/chron's may have "opened up" cancer in my breast. (Since it shuts down the immune system.) Anyway, were any of you diagnosed due to pain and without any lumps detected? I know websites say that pain is not usually a symptom of cancer, but my doc said it's not normal to have pain in one breast. I'm just worried.

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   Posted 4/28/2008 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
There is no uniform rule about pain and cancer, sometimes yes the two go together and other times they do not. You've scheduled a mammogram and ultrasould, which should give you and your doctors some indication as to what may be causing the pain. That's what I (and I suspect everyone else here) would recommend. The other piece of advice is the one that comes from MK. Don't worry until you know you have something to worry about. Good luck. Come back and let us know what you find out. Hugs, Lauri (dxed 04/11/1996)
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TraciZ
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   Posted 4/28/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Good advice. Thank you very, very much.

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   Posted 4/29/2008 1:36 AM (GMT 0)   
Traci, there are a lot of benign breast conditions that can contribute to pain. Best to get it checked to be sure, but odds are in your favor. Be your own best advocate and let us know!
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TraciZ
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   Posted 4/29/2008 3:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I'll let you know. My mamo is this wed and the breast specialist is 5/12. I'm trying to put it out of my mind, but it's difficult, since it hurts. The stress can't be helping my other condition, either... This is scary. You must be very strong to have gone through this ordeal.

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   Posted 4/30/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Weird pain with IBD is normal. You just have to get them checked out as they come, because it can effect other organs.
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TraciZ
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   Posted 4/30/2008 9:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I just got back from my mamo and sono. The Dr. said everything looks normal! Hooray! (And that I just have to get used to the pain. He said that’s normal, too.) I’m going to follow-up with my regular gyn instead of the specialist. I never knew that you’re supposed to have mamo’s every 2 years after you hit 30, or every year after 40! He told me that breast cancer hits 1 in 8 women! This is scary stuff!

Thank you, MMMNAVY- I never knew about the weird pain with IBD, either. I was just diagnosed 8/07. But, I suspected the the meds may have something to do with it.

I want to thank you all for your advice and I wish you all the best!

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   Posted 5/1/2008 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
It is the inflammation that comes with the disease. I still think you need to get it check out.
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TraciZ
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   Posted 5/1/2008 7:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I will. Thanks for the concern. You're all so nice here!

The gyn practice I go to has a doc who "specializes" in breast issues. I'm making an appointment with him to talk about it this summer when I go for my annual. Even though I just met him, the doc who did the mamo and ultrasound seems very trustwothy to me. He told me that there was nothing strange in the films. He said that everything looks perfectly normal. I'm just not going to the specialist outside the normal practice on 5/12.

Now, I'm on a crusade to get all my friends and family to have mamograms!

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   Posted 5/1/2008 12:45 PM (GMT -7)   
Try a rheumatologist too.
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TraciZ
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   Posted 5/2/2008 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Interesting connection. I hadn't thought of that.
 
I just called a local rheumatologist and they referred me back to my primary or gyn. They were of no help. I asked if this doc has worked with patients with IBD and after a long wait, the secratary referred me to a gastroenterologist. I'll continue to look into this, though. I have an appt with a naturopath. That may be promising.
 
I'll let you know... Thanks!
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