Burning sensation and pain in left breast

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   Posted 7/13/2012 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I asked, but based upon what the oncologist said yesterday, I did not move up the mammo. He said if I was having trouble sleeping move the date up, but he felt that there was no other reason to. However, I am keeping careful vigilance of any changes whatsoever. Right now, we are waiting for the application, review, and approval process with the insurance company for the breast MRI with plans to have everything done the same day. The thing is since I have no redness, no orange peel skin, no skin thickening, and no inverted nipple, there is nothing there for a visual diagnosis. Based upon what I have been reading, the only thing that a mammo or ultrasound will pick up is possible skin thickening as there are no specific tumors with this condition. And, sometimes MRIs provide false positives. Besides visual queues, the only thing that sounds definitive in terms of diagnosis is biopsy, but without visual clues and with the breast feeling (i.e., the itching and occasional stabbing pain) jumping around, it is going to be interesting to see how they figure out where to biopsy unless the MRI shows something. I just have to believe there is a such thing as early IBC and you shouldn't have to wait until it is Stage IIIB or IV for a diagnosis. I keep searching the web for early diagnosis and can't find anything. But, here I sit with something in my breast not feeling right. I wonder if there is a female IBC expert out there?

Thanks again. The "conversation" helps.

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   Posted 7/14/2012 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could tell you that there are early warning signs, but as far as I know, there are not. I know that they are working on a blood test for early diagnosis, but I don't think there are even any clinical trials in progress at this point.

Just keep looking for any changes. Optimism is good. Cautious optimism is even better!

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   Posted 8/14/2012 3:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I have just registered as a member and am new to the forum situation but have seen the posts between ctlyn and barkboys and wondered how ctlyn got on with her mammogram and other tests on 10 August? I hope all was well? I am going through similar pains etc at the moment and am waiting for an MRI and bone scan. I know in my heart of hearts that there is nothing wrong but have reached the stage where I need all the tests to be clear so that the problem can be dealt with as the pain and associated symptoms are not going away. The specialist I saw said that sometimes it can be a side effect of the radiotherapy but I have been fine for two years so why now?

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   Posted 10/17/2012 2:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi i am new on this forum, i am 21 years old and last night i woke up with really bad sharp pain around my left breast especially nipple area and also felt a burning sensation. I felt like screaming as pain was very bad. After tossing and turning for about 5 minutes i pulled my bra away from left breast and checked nipple in case there was blood or discharge but it was all normal just pain so i left it open in bed and slowly in next 5 minutes it stopped but since last 24 hours my left breast are little sore. I have a weird history around the age of 14-16 when i used to walk to school in winter and the cold would make my nipples a little painful but thats stopped since and one other thing i noticed was during this summer before one of my period my nipples were both sore to touch but no pain. Now im in a really bad situation, i will go see my male gp tomorrow but im preety sure he will not send me to any scans or tests so please anyone could give me some advice and help because i am a very anxious person and recently i have been suffering with anxiety really badly to the point my mind starts racing and is uncontrolable so you can imagine how im feeling now after last nights episode. I had a dream already being told i have breast cancer, allah forbid!

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   Posted 11/2/2012 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Ladies!

I'm new to this online community and forum. I found this thread trying to gather information on IBC and breast pain.

I'm 35 yrs old and have a 5 month old and a 21 mth old.

I have several medical conditions (fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, endometriosis, and issues with my spine)

5 days ago, I began to experience severe throbbing and pain in my left breast. It came on suddenly. Throbbing, aching, shooting pains, tingling and itching which feels like its deep in my breast. When I took off my top and looked, my left breast was shockingly swollen! My husband said it looks at least two cup sizes larger than the right! (Btw, I was unable to breast feed our youngest and thus my milk dried up about 1 mth postpartum. My breasts have always been pretty even in size and shape.

I went to the Dr on Tuesday and she agreed that there was a drastic difference in size and was quite concerned. She said it does not look like an infection and I had been on antibiotics for 7 days prior for strep throat (the same type which would be used to treat mastitis) and the issues with my breast came on after a week on the antibiotics.

I had an ultrasound Wednesday but they said it takes 4-5 business days for the results :(

The pain is slightly less now on Day 5, but the swelling is still there, some slight darkening on the underside and I'm getting poking sensations within my nipple.

I am trying to maintain cautious optimism but I am very very afraid. Does an ultrasound normally catch IBC? I am feeling that I will want a biopsy done either way, just to ease my mind. I really feel in my gut that something is terribly wrong but I keep looking for other possible things it could be.

Any advice, thoughts or similar experiences would be appreciated.

Thank you,


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   Posted 3/7/2013 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I'm also new to this website. I am 29 years old, never had kids, haven't had a menstrual cycle in about 6 years, and I have recently had just a burning sensation in my right breast. It goes away for days, weeks, even months, but it does eventually come back. It's a constant burning like the same area on my breast has been scratched over and over again (about a hundred times) with a finger nail or rough material. When I look, there's no red mark or blood or anything. There's just the burning situation. I'm deathly scared of getting cancer because I have no insurance, so I'm constantly keeping an eye out for signs. There is no soreness. The sensation seems to be to the bottom and left of my nipple, but when I feel that spot for the sensation nothing jumps out at me until I feel my nipple. The moment I take my hand away, it feels like it's at the bottom left of my breast. Ovarian and breast cancer runs in my family. Any thoughts?

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   Posted 4/8/2013 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am new to all of this so I really don't know how to start. I am 43 years old. I had a breast reduction in 2006 and several mommagrams so far the dr said everything has been ok until last Wednesday when I went for my annual checkup( well actually it has been 2 years since I went.) Anyway he found a lump in my left breast, it is no where near any of my scars. He ordered a sonogram and a mammogram. The girl that did the sonogram said she wasn't really seeing anything so I went for the mammogram. The lady that did it took four films, she said she wasn't seeing anything but because he felt the lump she had to do 2 more. After she did those all she said was he will talk to you in a few minutes. I talked to my dr, he mentioned sending me to a surgeon for bioptsy after we got the full results from the films. I am waiting to hear something now. I have had burning in my left breast along with a sharp pain every once in a while. The pain only lasts a few seconds then goes away. I have also had some night sweats and fatigue. My left breast is slightly larger than the right one. Sometimes the burning feels like something is trying to pinch the end of my breast off. I don't know if I should be concerned or if I am just paranoid. Like I said I have had the symptoms for several months but just never told anyone because I guess I felt it wasn't important. I also had a historectomy in 2003 but he left my overies. My mom passed away from cancer when she was 55 but it wasn't breast cancer. I just don't know how to feel. I am afraid it might be something and the tests not catch it, then on the other hand maybe I am paranoid. Thanks for listening and sorry I rambled and might not have made any sense at all.

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   Posted 4/8/2013 8:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi huff,
Im also suffering from pain in my left breast and ribs. There is a sore spot deep inside my thoracic cavity and the ultrasound and mammogram are unable to capture it. Only thing the surgeon said is, as long as there is no change in breast tissue, everything is fine. So they repeat the mammo every six months. But iam not scared. Iam ready to face anything. Just relax and do some brrathing exercises, it should help.

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   Posted 5/14/2013 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I feel that burning sensation on my left breast too now , and I don't know what to do and where to go I need help 

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   Posted 5/15/2013 7:42 PM (GMT -7)   
ctlyn asked about lingering effects from lumpectomy. I can testify to lingering effects from excisional biopsy, and to lingering effects from a long track fine needle aspiration. Chronic. 7 years and 13 years. How lucky you were to have a physician acknowledge this. By the way, after DCIS and LCIS was found in my breast with the excisional biopsy, I was told that I did not need to speak with an oncologist because I was not going to be getting chemotherapy. (Only the excisional bx was done). True. I insisted, thinking that this would be a reasonable request. Of course nothing was offered. Nice, eh? And I was treated as if I had invented the path findings. But yes. Lingering pain with such things.

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   Posted 6/7/2013 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ladies!

For those of you with burning pain in your breast and you're concerned with Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) and you know that a Mammogram and Ultrasound don't always show if IBC is present, another great option that is FDA approved that WILL show IBC is a Breast Thermography scan.

Breast Thermography shows temperature changes and inflammation in the breast tissue. It is well known to show estrogen dominance changes in breast tissue that can predict cancerous changes 7-10 years before the cancer actually appears. Breast thermography can also show inflamed breast tissue around tumors, blood flow to tumors that might be missed by a mammogram/ultrasound, and other wonderful insight into breast tissue health.

Breast Thermography is highly recommended for women of all ages as a breast health exam in addition to the annual Mammogram (since breast thermography helps predict disease before it occur whereas mammogram only helps find disease once it already happens). Breast Thermography is also really great for women 20-39 years old for breast health exams when you can't get a mammogram because your breast tissue is too dense and insurance won't cover a mammogram. I have a breast thermography done annually because I have estrogen dominance in my breasts (shown on the thermography scan) and I'm trying to balance my hormones to ensure the excess estrogen doesn't cause cellular changes in my breasts and lead to breast cancer.

Breast thermography usually runs somewhere in the ballpark of $200 for the scan and has immediate test results so you know the result of the scan the same day as your appointment. Like I said it is FDA Approved so it is a great additional test in your arsenal and well worth the cost if you need peace of mind.

If you google "Breast Thermography" and the name of your city you can find centers that do breast thermography scans in your area - I would recommend checking the location you choose on Yelp.com as well (free ratings website) to see if the breast thermography location you choose has good ratings or not from women who have gone there previously for scans.

I would sincerely encourage each of you to do some research on Breast Thermography scans. They can really help you determine the health of your breasts.

Hope this helps!

Post Edited (Fullenlove) : 6/7/2013 5:25:07 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/28/2013 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi ladies,
I'm new here too. I also have sharp shooting pain in my left breast.I also have a burning sensation in just one area of my breast. Last week it got so bad the pain was moving all the way down to the nipple, and it hurt to the touch, it almost felt bruised. I had a mammogram and an ultrasound and was told we just don't know why your having this pain. It's very frustrating and a bit scary. Can anybody help with an answer? confused

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   Posted 8/1/2013 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, im 20 and have had a baby 12 weeks ago and the last 2-3 weeks i leep getting like a ripping/tearing feeling in my left breast & just wonderd if anybody had any idea on what it could be?x

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   Posted 8/5/2013 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi. I'm not at all new to HealingWell, but I'm usually over in the Fibromyalgia forum.

I'm having issues with one of my breasts, too....first thing I noticed was a faint purplish tinge on the lower right side - almost like a small, circular "shadow." My gynecologist mentioned IBC as a distant possibility, and said to call in 3 wks if it wasn't gone.

Well, it isn't. After doing internet research, I decided to try to take a better look - (which isn't easy, because I have a frozen shoulder.) This breast has always been a little bigger than the other, but it sure seems swollen to me. And it's getting more tender. And I believe I even feel more warmth on that side. So, I'm starting to freak out a little.

But with all my shoulder area issues, it's hard to say what's tender or swollen because of what....

Thank you so much, Fullenlove, for posting about thermography. I'm sure that will help a lot of people - I know I'll definitely keep it in mind!

My doc was saying he thought I could probably do a mammogram with my shoulder, but he also admitted he's never actually seen a mammograph done. So he has no idea of the positions you have to get into...there's just no way! And if this kind of cancer doesn't show up on one anyway, what's the point? I may be looking for a new doc soon, this guy has been my gyno for 24 years, and he never seems to take hold or really give a hoot.

Have a good day, everyone.

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   Posted 11/13/2013 7:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi , I am 37 and last week noticed a bruise on my left breast, I am a 42DD , and the bruise is about the size of a nice sized lime. Under the bruise is a hard lump about the size of a marble. Its hard and painful, I have a constant burning sensation in the breast. I went to the ER, by the DR just touching it, no mri or tests, he diagnosed me eith a breast mass, and told me to see a breast surgeon. I have no ins, and do not know what to do. Has anyone had this issue? It had been one week since symptoms appeared, the burning and sharp pains seem to get worse later in the day .

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   Posted 11/14/2013 9:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Call the Susan G Komen organization. They can get you a free mammogram and point you in the right direction. I have a friend whose daughter was in the same situation and they helped her get a mammogram within a week of calling. Good luck.

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   Posted 11/24/2013 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much for this discussion.  I am experiencing the same symptoms, and am awaiting a diagnostic mammogram scheduled for Dec 9th.  I had never heard of IBC until reading this thread so feeling very apprehensive.  I do have a very small lump along with the burning and pain, which seems to be worsening , so will now be able to start some serious research.  Have a very cancer heavy family history, so this is a scary time.  Everybody's sharing is so helpful.

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   Posted 12/13/2013 2:13 AM (GMT -7)   
hello there,

I am 31 , and from last night i feel a burning, tingling sensational pain in my left breast. last month, before the start of my period I experience pain in my both breast which subsided at 7 th day of my period and then at 10 day it is coming and going. Now while i am writing this I am feeling nothing but ina couple of minutes I think it can come, what is wrong with me. please suggest, is it IBC or something else?. There are no rashes or redness or swelling but a viry tiny dot size spot like mosquito bite near the nipple skin which appears as if scratched by a nail but it is also subsiding in pain now. But i am still worried, please reply if anybody is online. Thank you.

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   Posted 7/21/2014 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got this "burning" sensation today and my question is, could it be a referred burning type sensation from a sterotactic biopsy from the other breast? Could it be PMS related? The Dr told me since I have a hemotoma from the biopsy that it could take 3 months or more to heal. I have nerve type pain on the breast that had the biposy. How long can nerve pain last?

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   Posted 7/23/2014 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I to am really worried my doc found lots of lumps on both my breat and told me they look like little stars with black dots and told me that 95 per% of the time thiss is cancer but I am waiting I have a bio to pass on the 4 of aug but it feels so so long and even my daughter is struggling to keep sain my husband lost his father 10 years ago I lost min 3 to prostate cancer my aunt lost both breast 15 years ago and it has now retuned more severly she is on her last few mile's and I have 3 othe aunts that r in remission so yesi am so scared and worried and I have not friends and really no1 to chat with about my concerns and things that bother me right now so thanks for reading my post..
I am in my late 40's ,

xx oo penny

Post Edited (pennylet47) : 7/23/2014 10:28:47 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 8/22/2014 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I have fibrocystic breasts as well as dense breasts. I've had a sterotactic biposy in my right breast (which came out fibrocystic/benign), an MRI on both breasts and now I have off and on discomfort in my right breast and a pulled muscle/spasm feeling from time to time in my left breast. I am told that pain or discomfort can linger for many months after a biopsy. I am now on week 11. But I'm wondering if the left breast issue is referred pain from chronic neck and back pain? Although I have had the chronic neck and back pain for a long time, the breast thing on that side just started. Sometimes I will wear a tank top under my clothes instead of a vra and wonder if the gravity of not wearing a bra has anything to do with it. Anyone have any ideas?

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   Posted 8/28/2014 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
This is a really old thread,....but I figure I'll pop on and share.

I had pain in the biopsy area for ages. In fact, even this far out, that area still hurts me (more than the surgical area, if that even makes sense!)

So I'd say,....yep. It's sure possible!

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   Posted 8/28/2014 1:28 PM (GMT -7)   
How long is ages?

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   Posted 8/28/2014 8:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi to everyone. I'm new to this forum so forgive me if I ramble a little.
I too am experiencing burning in my left breast for maybe a week or so and it's getting progressively worst. I went in to see my primary care physicians for a fever I woke with on Monday this week and told him about the burning I'm having in my breast. He had the gynecologist examine me and she said its probably a pulled muscle. I scheduled my annual mammogram which I've have been putting off for months...now I have to go. I did tell the scheduler that I'm experiencing burning in my left breast so she made a note in the system. Hopefully I'll get to the bottom of this one way or the other.
I think with lots of prayers asking for guidance and direction I'll be alright.
Thanks for listening:)

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   Posted 8/29/2014 6:21 AM (GMT -7)   
You've got my prayers for you!
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