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ann0150
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   Posted 3/31/2012 2:57 PM (GMT -6)   
I am a 62 year old post-menopausal woman and am not on hormone replacement. Recently after getting a mammogram, I received the dreaded letter from the imaging center that further investigation of one breast was needed. I scheduled the first available appointment which was for the next week & of course, worried the whole time. When I went the technician did a diagnostic mammogram of my left breast & asked me to wait until she showed it to the radiologist, so I had several more minutes of worrying. She came back & said the radiologist wanted her to do an ultrasound. I almost could have told her the spot to check because I have been having pain there. She said she saw two small fluid-filled cysts & went back to talk to the radiologist. She then came back & said I had nothing to worry about and to come back in 6 months to have the breast rechecked. At the time I was so relieved that she said I had nothing to worry about that I couldn't come up with any questions. Now I wonder why I would have cysts at my age which are rare since they are estrogen driven and why aspiration was not suggested? Also if there is nothing to worry about, why do I need to go back in 6 months instead of my normal annual mammogram? Has anyone else had the same situation?

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   Posted 3/31/2012 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Ann. Breast cysts are not as common is postmenopausal women, but they do happen. If you want to have the cysts aspirated, you could ask to have that done, but that isn't always done. If there is a complex cyst, they are more apt to aspirate. And there is no guarantee, that the cysts won't refill. It is pretty standard to ask you to come back in 6 months for a recheck for cysts. You are obviously uncomfortable with the fact that they didn't aspirate, so why not go ahead and ask to have that done? It would be worth the peace of mind.

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ann0150
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   Posted 3/31/2012 5:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Bev. I am probably going to wait the 6 months & see if the cysts are still present. If they are, I will see if they can aspirate them then.

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   Posted 4/2/2012 7:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you have a plan, then!

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Jennett
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   Posted 12/12/2012 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Ann. I've just experienced the same thing - mammogram, recheck, echo, and 2 fluid filled cysts. Mine aches all the time. Before menopause I had a lot of cysts, but this is the first I've had since entering menopause 17 years ago, thus my reason for concern. I do not take hormones. I DO however take vitamin, including a B-Complex supplement and extra Folic Acid and Biotin, and wonder if that is the cause. I'm going to have mine aspirated and hope they do not return. If you learn anything new about yours, please let us know.

ann0150
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   Posted 12/12/2012 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jennett, I take prescription vitamin D2 (50,000 units) once weekly and sporadically take OTC B12 supplements, but have never been told they can cause this problem. Fortunately my pain is not constant. Please keep me informed if you find out anything new and I'll do the same. I had a follow-up mammogram & ultrasound in September that still revealed the cysts, but no concern from the radiologist. I go back in another 3 months. Take care!

Chili Green
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   Posted 12/22/2012 8:05 PM (GMT -6)   
So little information available about post-menopausal breasts in general, let alone breasts cysts when no hormones have, nor will be taken - not even through dairy products. So, good to find your posts.

I thought I was tense, (understatement), with what's going on my left breast, but my right breast, that had a bit of DCIS and LCIS over 10 years ago, is painful and there are cysts, to the point where the whole idea of getting into it all is making me nauseous.

Something intense happened in my left breast two weeks ago. Tremendous pain that lasted an entire day. Scared the begeezus out of me. I have recently had blood work that did not show any thyroid-related abnormalities, but darn if it doesn't feel like my body is going nuts, along with me. (It isn't costochondritis).

Of course, in both breasts, there have been biopsies, and, undoubtedly nerve/tissue damage to some extent, from the needle biopsy. But that wouldn't create cysts.

At this point, if these are cysts, and they are painful, (as was my non-imaged DCIS/LCIS), I'm tired of it being passed off as something a woman just has to live with, and, ostensibly, relatively few, non-HRT, post-menopausal women. The whole rigamarole that is imaging and findings is just not where it needs to be. One of the cysts in my right breast is right in the scar-tissue, so, you know, it will be, "Well, we can't be sure if something isn't there behind the scarring, without a biopsy." True. But geeze.

Meanwhile, there are herbs I will take. Warm compresses. Prayer.

I am so glad I found your posts. Hope that mine isn't too intensely stated for this forum.

Dazebird
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   Posted 4/2/2013 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,
I am 56yo and have had cysts for 30 years. They used to aspirate them when found, however, this is no longer the practice. I am also post-menopause and was told that the cysts would go away. turn Right. My left breast has at least 4 cysts and is now noticeably larger than the right. It's also painful. (I am deficient in both D and B12. I'm often iron deficient anemic.)
After 30 years, I am so tired of this. I have FBD which is no longer considered a disease. But during these 30 years I increased in cup size from a C to a DDD. (As if the cysts weren't enough trouble). So, I wonder, are the problems we face not considered that important because we live in a society that sees larger breasts as a plus? Think about it, if my husband's scrotum increased in size by 200%-300% without malignancy would that be okay? I guarantee it would not. Nor would it be acceptable for him to experience pain due to four (assumed benign) cysts on one testicle.
Like I said, I'm frustrated. I'm also tired of carrying these things around. Thanks for listening. 0-o

Chili Green
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   Posted 4/4/2013 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup Dazebird.  Englarged scrota would make headlines and they'd find a way to cure the problem, that is, if men considered it a problem.

Briarsrose
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   Posted 9/13/2013 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
When I was in my thirties I started to develop breast cysts after several miscarriages. At that time I was referred to a surgeon and the cysts were aspirated over and over again and I got one mammogram after the other, which in retrospect I thought was not a good idea. I was also very angry when I had to change insurances and honest as I am, I gave the cysts as the only problem I had, and consequently their treatment was excluded. After menopause my breasts became smaller and smaller , so obviously the cysts disappeared.
Now I am 68 and suddenly I develop again  massive  painful cysts in my left breast.
When I was younger I was very angry that nobody knew why we develop these cysts and what to do about it beside aspiration. Mine were very painful and I followed religiously the advice not to drink coffee and eat chocolate. Later I found out that it made no difference at all.
I have not seen a doctor yet and I just launched this internet search to find out if anybody knows more about breasts cysts now and if there are other post menopausal women who suffer from it.
The only change I have done in my lifestyle recently is to go vegan. I do not take any supplements, I just eat generally healthy. I also do not take any hormones.
 
I just signed up for this site and I have to learn to navigate the site, but there was one lady, who wrote that if the men's scrotum would suddenly become much bigger, tons of research would be done to look into the causes.
Obviously with our culture who glorifies huge breasts nobody cares if we have painful cyst-filled breasts, though I have been told over and over again that it is very common. I personally never cared for big breasts, I am very active and much more comfortable if my breasts are their normal size without the cysts.
 

marisale
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   Posted 10/18/2013 11:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently had a call back after a mammo because they detected something in my right breast.  They did a sonogram and I was told it was a cyst and to come back in 1 year for another mammo and sonogram.    I am uncomfortable with this as this is the first time I ever had a cyst in my breast.  I am post menopausal.  I'm thinking of asking my doctor to have it aspirated to be on the safe side.
 

Briarsrose
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   Posted 10/19/2013 3:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, since I posted my first post, my cysts have become smaller, so it might have been something I ate or drank. It was not coffee, as I am drinking coffee every morning again.
I would only do the aspiration if the cysts are painful. I really wish they would know what causes them. So maybe wait a few weeks and see if there are any changes before you have the aspiration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chili Green
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   Posted 11/6/2013 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad to hear your cysts have decreased.  I'm back on the site because my left breast is suddenly heavy, with aereolar pain.  Will have ultrasound in six weeks.  The usual things I do for cysts aren't working, and I'd be more frightened, but I'm so tired of living with fear and dread with constant 'benign' pain that  - well, just tired of the repeated physician brush-offs, and tired of no money for alternative care options.
 
Hell.  I was going to post the ulstrasound results from earlier this year that I received today, but only now see that they sent results from 2010.  What the hell is wrong with these people?  All you get is attitude, and they're sending the wrong darn test results which will be forwarded to the facility where I'll have the new problem investigated.  I would like to curse, but that would get me banned, which is a laugh given the blasted circumstances.  These jerks had already told me that I'd had an u/s in June of this year, when I hadn't.  How the......

HAILMARY
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   Posted 3/25/2014 4:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 66 and very concerned my breast are quite large and I'm having intermittent pain some throbbing some sharp. I had my last mammogram four days ago and am sure I will get a phone call any minute for a comeback. I also just had three weeks of two ct scans and an mri because one of my doctors said I had an 8 cm mass on my ovary and a 2cm on my kidney. It took ten days after mri to tell me there is no cancer on ovary just large fibroids. still have the kidney to be operated on next week. I am so concerned about my breasts because of the discomfort.

Merrida
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   Posted 3/25/2014 6:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Mary,

If you start a fresh thread, make an introduction, and give us all some history, there are chances more people will read your post. Sometimes when first posts are tagged on at the end, especially of such an old, inactive post, they get missed.

Just a suggestion to try and get your post some more visits.

I may not follow your post entirely, as you mentioned a couple of different body areas, some with surgery, others not? So forgive me if I misread what you're asking.

How have your mammograms been in the past?





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Alicepearl
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   Posted 6/7/2014 1:57 PM (GMT -6)   
So glad to read others' experiences with breast cysts. I am 66 and had my first cyst in 2001, then skipped 6 years to 2007, next ones in 2011 and 2012, and now in 2014. All except one were on the left. Current one just came about suddenly - had my last mammo one month ago with normal results - and is large and very, very sore. Saw my PCP yesterday who feels it is a cyst and am scheduled for ultrasound and aspiration in about ten days. I've always had small breasts with dense tissue, but it's only been after menopause that cysts have been a problem and seem to be getting more frequent. Nearly forgot to mention that my doc noticed some redness and elected to start me on an antibiotic for 7 days, in case there is infection involved. Anyone here experienced that?

Just thought I'd share. And of course I'm still a little nervous that there's more to it than just a cyst.

Merrida
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   Posted 6/8/2014 9:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Is the red spot warm to the touch? Are you running a temp? Did your doc run blood work to check your WBC before rx'ing you an antibiotic?

My only concern with abx is that, in my opinion, some docs rx them out like candy w/o knowing if they're really needed, ..... ergo, we now have super-bugs that our regular run of the mill abx don't work on anymore, and they're having to create more and more powerful strains.

As for the aspiration,...again, just my personal chime in,....it's over before you know it. I've always had lumpy breasts and after a while, you just get used to your new normal.

Please do not get concerned if after he aspirates it, the lump returns. A cyst is a solid sack, a membrane, and it's attached. The fluid inside that sack gets pierced and the fluid is retrieved through aspiration. But unless the sack is detached and remove, that cyst, all cysts wherever they are (same goes for things like cystic acne, or body cysts), our bodies just fill that cavity back up again over time. So please don't worry yourself if that happens, okay?







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Alicepearl
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   Posted 6/8/2014 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Merrida, very good points about the antibiotic, and no, I did not have fever, it was not warm to the touch, and blood work was not done either. I'll take for a few days and when the redness is gone, I'll likely stop it.

I failed to mention that along with the 4 prior cysts, I've had aspirations each time, and the fluid was sent to a lab for analysis. Am always worried that my luck has run out for a good report. This one is different because it's made my breast so sore. Never experienced that before.

Merrida
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   Posted 6/9/2014 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd strongly encourage you to NOT do what you just wrote re: the abx.

If you are going to take them, take the entire rx exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Not finishing abx because we 'feel better' is one of the biggest contributing factors to developing super bugs. Dangerous plan!

Either take them as directed, or discuss with your doctor about making the confirmation that there IS indeed an infection going.

As for the soreness, gotta say, mine have come and go in terms of being painful. Sometimes they are, sometimes they are not, sometimes the same one will have moments of being a big ole pain, and then settle down and just be a lump.

But please, please, do NOT just take a few of those abx pills and then abruptly stop. Please discuss this with your doctor waaaaay in advance!!









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Alicepearl
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   Posted 6/9/2014 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Oops - thought you were a doc on here. Guess I should pay attention to my doctor then when it comes to prescribing an antibiotic for me, which is what I intended to do from the start. So I will take the med as prescribed to me and carry on. You've obviously had a lot of experience with these cysts. Am curious - are you post-menopausal?

Merrida
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   Posted 6/9/2014 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Bingo, I'm not a doc. We're all peers here on the forum. We cannot, obviously, dispense medical advice, but we can sure share our experiences and offer support to others, (as well as provide it!)

I am post-menopausal, around 4+ years. I didn't exactly keep a daily calendar about this whole thing! :)

My concern about the antibiotics is this: (and remember, this is my non-medical opinion, this is me as a patient talking to you as a patient). If there has been no diagnostics done to even confirm that you even have an infection, and that it's a bacterial infection,.....well, for me personally, before I'd take one single pill I'd want that back up information FIRST.

It is absolutely not something to take lightly. Too many people think along the lines of, "Oh well, it's 'just an antibiotic,' so it won't harm me,"....and over the years, that line of thinking is what's gotten the public into the state it is now with super-bugs that traditional antibiotics can no longer touch.

Please remember, I'm just touting my own personal belief, but I'm delivering the message to you combined with cold, hard science to back it up. Taking an abx, or taking any med we do not need,....is harmful, and should never be taken lightly.

I've had a few itchy red patches on my breasts over the years, and (for me, personally, remember), they were not infections. I've had cysts flare up, engorge, change density,...but again for me personally, they did not turn out to be infections.

All I'm saying is ask your doctor IF you need this medication, and why. If he says something like you "may" have an infection, (but he doesn't know), there are tests that can at least provide some data either way.

If, after testing, it's been confirmed that yes, you positively do have an infection, -- again, I would always recommend following the doc's instructions to the absolute letter. Finish the entire rx, regardless of how you feel. IF this is an infection, and I'm not saying it is, because I don't know,.....and you stop taking the abx before finishing the whole course of treatment, you could end up with a super bug and a significantly stronger infection, and be in a much worse spot than where you are.

Get the information first. Confirm, confirm, confirm! :)








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Alicepearl
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   Posted 6/9/2014 1:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Understand totally about antibiotics being used way too much and have had knowledge of this for years. I definitely should have questioned it more. The redness is more pink in color and not what I would call patchy and is not itchy either, which is likely what led to the antibiotic recommendation, in that it was not an epidermal kind of rash as in contact dermatitis. I would think the difference might imply a suggestion of an inflammatory breast process, i.e. infection. Nevertheless, you are correct that I was remiss in not questioning that more. I'll just be happy when this aspiration is done and behind me.

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   Posted 6/9/2014 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Alice,

Please accept my apologies if my posts were striking you as coming on too heavy-handed. I would never, ever intend to do that!

Instead, I was posting out of concern and this thing inside of me that just wants to jump up and protect everyone! :)

If there's inflammation, sometimes something as simple as ibuprofen can help reduce that (again, if your doctor OK's that).

I'm re-reading my posts and can see where I might have been jumping up and down with just a wee bit too much vigor out of my earnest eagerness to help thwart the possibility of taking abx IF, and only IF, they weren't needed,.....OR....if they were needed, to underscore the importance of finishing the whole Rx.

I understand about wanting to get this aspiration just done and over with.....with each day that passes, you're one step closer! Hang tight and keep plugging along.

Again, I am really sorry if I came on too strong there! I only wish you the best!









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