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   Posted 12/12/2007 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi I am a 33 yo woman who about a month and a half ago had sweeling and drainage of my left breast. I dismissed it and it went away after a week or so.Last week my nipple started tingling and the drainage became daily there was blood and a yellowish white mix with pain swelling and tenderness in my breast as well. I went to the doctor and they put me on antibiotics but said it was not normal to get an infection if I wasn't lactating. They sent me for an ultrasound that showed a few cysts in my nipple. Then they scheduled me for a mamo today which I went for ( they didn't tell me much except they needed to take more pictures because they saw  small calcium deposits).
I was wondering if any of this sounded familiar to anyone and if you could give me your thoughts. I am nervous and not sure if I should be.
Thank you for your time

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   Posted 12/12/2007 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi aasty. I did not have any drainage so I cannot help with that, but there are ladies here who have. Hopefully they will see your post and respond. When are you seeing your dr again? Please keep us informed and let us know what's going on. WE CARE!
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   Posted 12/13/2007 5:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi....I do not know a whole lot about drainage either, but like your dr said, it is not normal. I am glad to  hear your dr is on top of things, sending you for more tests. Hopefully the mammo will give you more info on what is going on. It is soooo hard not to worry, but you are taking the right steps!!!! If you are not comfortable with the results, or your dr isn't either, you can always ask for a breast MRI. Let us know what your results are, and how you are doing. You can always google breast drainage or check out some other sites that may be helpful as well. Please take care!

Jen  smurf

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   Posted 12/13/2007 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you are taking the right steps.  I once had a cyst that had absessed.  Happened right next to the nipple, in the aerole (sp?)  What a nightmare to have them put the shot of novicane in there so they could drain it.  It was probably the most painful thing I ever went through.  Hopefully you can have the thing taken care of without having to go through that.  If they want to stick a needle in you, do yourself a favor and ask to be put out.  I wish I had!
OK, Let us know the results.  It's always good to know more.
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   Posted 12/14/2007 9:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the replies.
I went to pick up the results of the mamo this morning. They noted two cysts in my left nipple (small I think) 2.8 mm and 5mm. They also noted calcifications but they radiologist report states he thinks the cysts are begign. I guess I feel better. My doctor hasn't called yet to talk about the results. I guess my biggest concern is about the bloody drainaige. If the cysts ruptured i could understand but if they are still there on the films why am i still having this. Thanks for the feedback . 

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   Posted 12/14/2007 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, not to scare you, but I had yellow and bloody drainage in my breast which the surgeon watched with mammograms and ultrasounds for about 2 years from age 37-40, but I skipped a 6 month visit. The last mammo I had then showed the cancer, but the good news was because we were watching it so closely, it was caught rather early. You're doing the right thing following up on this. Things are are not normal should not be dismissed. Hang in there and please let us know what the doctor says.

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   Posted 1/8/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, aasty.

There are two things about your post that concern me.  The first, of course, is the drainage.  I am glad your doctor is keeping an eye on that.

The second thing that concerns me are the calcifications.  Are they macrocalcifications or microcalcifications?  I had a lot of microcalcifications on my diagnostic mammogram and I ended up being diagnosed with: ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), invasive ductal carcinoma and a colloid (spelling?) carcinoma.

Another question - are you having any other symptoms?  Are you feeling fatigued?  Can't sleep even though you feel tired?  Is your stomach constantly upset?  These are all symptoms of breast cancer.  I learned this from www.breastcancer.org.  You might want to check out that site.

Pattie Morgan
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   Posted 1/12/2008 7:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I understand your concern about this drainage, and you should be. Like the others have said, it is good that your doctor is staying on top of this situation. You might want to check out http://www.imaginis.com/breasthealth/nipple.asp. This is an excellent article that will give you some more information. Good luck as you pursue answers. Stay in touch. Lauri (dxed 4?11/96) 

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   Posted 7/15/2014 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had clear yellow drainage from my right breast for 6 months . I've had 2 mamos and ultra sound and they were neg. I recently have begun to have severe joint pain, especially in my fingers and worse in my thumb. Two days ago my breast drainage has turned bloody. Any help? I go to the surgeon tomorrow. Any questions I should be asking.? Any thoughts. Thanks :)

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   Posted 7/15/2014 7:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Forgot to tell you I am 51 yr and in surgical menopause. Total and complete hysto.

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   Posted 7/15/2014 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
This is something only your doctor is going to be able to provide for you....a dx of what's going on with you. Drainage, and especially bloody drainage, should always be checked out with your doc.

Will you please post again and let us know how you're doing, and how you make out tomorrow?

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