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Date Joined Apr 2015
Total Posts : 4
Posted 4/27/2015 4:41 AM (GMT -6)
I'm new to this forum/ site and really need some assurance or experience re breast cancer.
I've had an itchy left breast (on the inside, so I can't really scratch it) for about
7 weeks now. Its occasionally painful and almost always tender too. Sometimes the itch stretches into my armpit.
I have seen two doctors and a breast surgeon, and have had an ultrasound done so far. Was prescribed antibiotics which didn't help. Ultrasound was clear apart from one enlarged lymphnode - so I went to see the surgeon who inspected my breasts and said the lymphnode was gone (the other 2 docs prior to this could feel it). The breast surgeon thinks it's my nerves or hormones causing the itch / pain, since I've had a baby 13 months ago, and am still breastfeeding and haven't had my period. He consulted a radiographer about
referring me to mri for reassurance but was told it couldn't be done because of breastfeeding. He was very calm and told me that these days ultrasounds are very effective and accurate, especially for young people (I'm 31). I asked him about
Inflammatory breast cancer (my biggest fear), but he said I needed some breast swelling or at least some presentation on skin to get biopsy done.
Now, I know this all sounds sensible and positive but my fear and anxiety doesn't think so!! And the itch/ tenderness/ occasional pain is still there . I have scheduled another appointment with the breast surgeon in a week for a check up, I just really am after some reassurance or similar experiences, since my anxiety about
having breast cancer doesn't let me enjoy anything, and its really hard looking after my 3 children when I'm anxious all the time.
Sorry this is such a long post but just wanted to get it off my chest, I seem so stressed otherwise.
P.S. I'm still breastfeeding my 13 month old about
6 times in 24 hrs, and recently discovered she leaves quite deep upper teeth marks on my left breast. Could this possibly cause some discomfort in breast?
I also was carrying her around all the time on my left side, I stopped when the itch and tenderness appeared though.
Many thanks in advance for reading this and your support!
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Posted 4/30/2015 1:54 PM (GMT -6)
I really don't have any advice as I never breast fed so I'm not sure what could be related to that or not.
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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 291
Posted 8/1/2015 2:02 PM (GMT -6)
BETH! I completely understand what you are going through!!!!
I too have been experiencing an itchy left breast close to the upper side of the areola. It is driving me crazy, I am also getting shooting pain from there and an itchy armpit and like you I fear the worst!!!!
I went to my GYN and he looked at my breasts and did a physical. He found a lump in the same stupid breast!!! IT SCARED THE HECK OUT OF ME. He sent me for a mammo and ultrasound (I didnt do mamo because everyone told me that you are too young and it probably wont show up, etc...) so I did first ultrasound they found nothing.... Because I am an anxious person and I assume no one knows what they are doing I fought to have another ultrasound done with a more experienced tech (the first one who did my ultrasound was 25 yrs old!!) anyway I guess I get lucky cause my husband is a physician at the same hospital, they did it again and they found the lump. THe radiologist was SO confident in telling me it is a fibroadenoma..
I AM STILLL anxious, since I keep reading stories online that masses classified as Fibroadenomas on ultrasound can be cancer on biopsy, so yes they think I am a wack job but I am pressing for a biopsy and want it out.
Back to IBC (inflammatory breast cancer) it scares me so much because nowhere did I read that fibroadenomas cause itchiness like the one I am experiencing. I keep checking my breasts and I really dont see any skin changes but this itch is in one section and my other breast doesnt itch and I keep thinking this is IBC in its early stages but like you I keep getting brushed off since I do not have any noticeable skin changes...
I have an appointment with a Breast Surgeon on Monday and I am going to ask her... I know how you feel it is so frustrating. I am 33 yrs old I have 20 month old daughter but I stopped breast feeding a while ago (over a year) so I know it has nothing to do with that, ,,, I dont even have that as an excuse to comfort me :(((
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