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momto3
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   Posted 12/1/2009 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
I realize this forum is for ladies with breast cancer and I'm so sorry for intruding. I have some questions and I don't know where else to turn.  For the last few weeks I have been having pain in my right breast, the kind that stops you in your tracks and within the last week it is now larger than the left side and feels hot. I noticed that I have some sort of red spot as well, but I'm not sure where it could have came from, and I thought it was a sore but I have had it since the week before Thanksgiving and it is still there. 
 I'm almost 39 and a couple of months ago, I actually bought bra's that were a cup size smaller for the first time since my oldest (17 years) was born, (sorry for TMI) and now the right one will hardly fit. I know its normal to have pain etc, but now I'm starting to get worried. 
 I've had a mamogram in the past and it was fine just a calicfication of some kind.  I don't want to sound like a hypochondriac and run to the gp, she always makes me sound like I'm over reacting, but I'm wondering if anyone has ever had anything like this??
 
Thank you so much!

barkyboys
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   Posted 12/1/2009 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I think you need to go see your doctor or your gynocologist. You could have any number of things going on, from infection to cellulitis to a form of breast cancer, though the first two are more likely culprits. But you need a doctor to determine just what is going on. If she makes you feel like you're overreacting, I would then start looking for a new doctor. No one deserves to be treated as if their health and physical well being are not important. If you've had microcalcifications, you should be having regular mammograms, not just "a mammogram in the past," by the way. This is the one condition that they can pinpoint as a possible precursor to breast cancer. So if your doctor is not seeing that you get regular mammograms, I would discuss that with her, too. So please, make that appointment!

Let us know how it goes. And you're not intruding! Glad you posted!

Hugs...BEV
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momto3
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   Posted 12/2/2009 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bev,
 
Thank you so much for replying. I have an appointment to go in and see what is wrong if anything. I'm sure everything is fine, but it needs to be looked into!
 
I went in for a mamogram two years ago because I thought I felt something and it turned out to be nothing and the lady who did the mamo showed me the large circle that was "only" a calcification. After I was finished, I was told my mamo was normal and that the calcifications were also normal and to come back at age 40? Are they not normal?? I never really looked up anymore information since I was so relieved that everything was fine.
I'm having  issues on the same side that I was the first time I went in a few years ago, and in the same area. I have never felt anything on my left side ever, it is just the right side that is getting more bothersome.

barkyboys
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   Posted 12/2/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Microcalcifications can be normal, and they can remain unchanged for the rest of your life. But they can also change, forming a cluster. If caught early, this type of cancer is usually called "in situ," and is very treatable. If left long enough, it can become invasive, which is not as favorable. So most people with microcalcifications are recommended for annual mammograms.

And a breast that changes cup size, causes that much pain, and feels hot does not sound like everything is fine! I'm glad you're going in to see the doctor. Let us know how it goes.

Hugs...
BEV
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postal2
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi and welcome! As Bev said, you are not intruding and I am glad you came here with your concerns.
Bev gave you great advice and info, so please keep in touch and let us know how your appt goes. 
Gail
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momto3
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   Posted 12/3/2009 5:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Gail,
 
Thank you so much.  My appointment is on the 15th of this month, so hopefully it won't take long after that to get in for a mamogram if that is what she feels is needed. Yes! Bev is wonderful and has been so helpful!I'm really starting to make myself nuts because at this point it feels as if there is something in there such as inflammation or some such thing, it feels different from the other side, so now I'm obsessing between the two sides, and I think I have my husband concerned. The waiting is horrid, but I do realize that over 80% turn out to be nothing at all to worry about. Thank you for having such a caring and supportive board!
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