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Old 10-02-2007, 09:42 AM   #1
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Breast Pain - Can this be a symptom we never hear about?

I am 33 yrs old. I am a mother of one daughter who is 3. I started my period in the 5th grade.

I have been having some concerning symptoms in the recent past which have prompted me to have some tests taken. I will list them in a moment. I have developed a new issue which worries me. In the past 3 days I have been experiencing breast pain. Only in my left breast. It is a dull, shooting pain that comes and goes. Worse if I am up and walking around. Also, the area (this has been true for some time) on the side of my breast - under my arm, but down more - not in the arm pit - is very sore to the touch.

I feel no lumps or anything strange at all. I am a 38D so it is kinda hard to do self exams - at least for me for whatever reason. But I feel nothing in the way of lumps or masses at all. My nipples are not anymore sensitve or painful.

So here are the test I have taken (I am curious if any of these would have indicated Breast Cancer) and I have been told they are normal...

Progesterone
Estrogen
Prolactin

Yesterday I had a full thyroid panel (TSH, Free T4 and T3, Cortisol and Insulin Levels and Fasting Glucose)...do not have these results yet.

Since the sex hormones are considered normal levels - should I not worry about breast cancer? Would abnormalities show in those tests?

One more thing...I have no family history of breast cancer. But my grandmother did die at age 58 of ovarian cancer.

Below I will list my symptoms to give a better picture:

List of long term symptoms:

Hx of Anxiety, SVT, Depression, Irritability, PVCs and PACs and Fatigue
(Anxiety, Tachycardia and Palpitations controlled with Klonopin and Metoprolol)

Allergies – seasonal

Highly sensitive in general – to EVERYTHING (mosquito bite gets huge and red – everything seems exaggerated)


Symptoms since having child (3 years ago):

Heavy periods with clotting
Irregularity in periods
Breast tenderness
Major bloating in abdomen and chest prior to period
Lightheadedness
Low BP
Mood Swings
Brain Fog
Very low energy levels
Increasingly severe fatigue
Insomnia (recent)
Hot Flashes (recent)
Increased Irritability
Increase in headaches – sinus type

Thank you so much for listening. I know I probably shouldnt waste space here and leave it for those who actually have been diagnosed. But I am just worried.

Heather, WI
Body aches
Exercise Intolerance
Extreme difficulty losing extra 20lbs – all around waist and breast area

 
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Old 10-02-2007, 09:31 PM   #2
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Re: Breast Pain - Can this be a symptom we never hear about?

As a mother of 2, it sounds to me like your tired. when your tired, everything seems exaggerated. It took me years to get over all the changes from pregnancy and lack of sleep. You may not be eating properly (picking on the kids food, eating cold food, eating too much fast food...), causing many of your symptoms.

As a breast cancer survivor, I will not tell you that your too young to get bc. I was 36, but I know many people that were diagnosed much younger. Most breast cancers do NOT have pain, but there are many types of breast cancers and many people have said they have experienced pain prior to diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Inflammatory Breast Cancer. Rare and lesser known, Inflammatory does not come with a lump. Mine showed as a tiny patch of scaly, hard, pink, warm skin. I had shooting pains through my breast from time to time. Mammogram's do not detect Inflammatory BC. A well educated radiologist and a sonogram found my cancer. If you really feel you may have something, a mammogram, breast MRI or sonogram would be the tests to start with. If, and I mean IF they find something, the only sure way of knowing it's cancer or not, is a biopsy. Let someone else wait and see...See a breast specialist and tell him/her about the pain and other symptoms. Best to ease your mind than to continue to torture yourself...

 
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