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 :(((
Father diagnosed Nov. 9, 2009
open radical prostatectomy Dec. 21, 2009, post op pathology report T3a, Gleason 7
5 week post op psa .55
Combination therapy, hormone and IMRT. 40 sessions 72gy.
Hoping and praying for a cured dad.