I am reluctant to post here because I don't believe this is likely a breast cancer issue, at least I hope not. I have Crohn's Disease and am active over on that forum. I have stopped by and read here occasionally and admire the strength and knowledge you all possess.
I had a mammogram in late June. All was ok according to the report. I have very lumpy, large breasts. They are difficult to self-examine because of the large ducts from breast feeding my girls many years ago.
about 3 weeks ago, I began having sharp pains in my left breast on the "down" side, below the nipple. At first the pain was only with my bra off. Then it began to be tender even with the bra on. At one point my breast felt tighter than the other, like it was swollen. Sort of felt like it did when I had mastitis years ago while breast feeding.
Saw my PCP on Friday. He said I have ductal tissue that feels hard and ropelike. He evaluated my meds, asked about my Vitamin E intake, and caffeine usage. I have very little caffeine intake, and what I do ingest is the same level for the last 20 years - 2 diet sodas [TAB] every day. That equals about a cup of coffee. The PCP tells me to give up caffeine for a week and call if the pain persists. Day three know and the pain has not subsided one bit.
I doubt this pain is going to go away. I do not have a GYN doctor, had a hysterectomy 17 yrs ago. So it will be my PCP deciding what to do next. Frankly, he has botched a few things lately and I'm not too trusting. I know further testing will be in order, or at least it should be. What should he order? Repeat mammogram? Ultrasound? MRI?
I want to be armed with the best info when I call him so that I can lobby for the best "next" step. Thanks in advance for the advice. You all are amazingly knowledgeable!
CD for 25+ years; finally Dx 2004. SpA diagnosed soon after.