I had my annual gyn. appt yesterday. In doing my breast exam, the dr noticed my right nipple has become retracted. He examined me with my arms above my head and with my hands on my hips pushing inward. He said the result was the same with both exams. He is sending me to get labs and a mammogram next with, with a follow-up with the surgeon. Needless to say, I am a little nervous...
My question is this, aside from the obvious, what other diagnosis would these symptoms be related to?
I've got the same problem. I didn't have it most of my life, and then ... there it was. I had the regular exam with my MD, who then sent me for a mamo. I had to go back for a second mamo (which added to my fears), but came back OK. I've since had regular breast exams with my MD and there has been no change. I asked her what the cause could be and she said she was unsure. (On an unrelated issue I lost 60 lbs and thought that may have been the cause, but my MD said that was unlikely.) We're keeping an eye on it, but as there appears to be no serious issues and no paid my MD thinks I'm fine.
The nurse told me she had a retracted nipple and one day it just "popped back out". According to my MD, there is no fix other than surgery
I am just looking to ease my mind..It's good to know there are non-serious reasons for this. I can't wait to get the tests finished, and the results back & put this all behind me. I have been very anxious about it.
Do you have any itching or redness? Warmth? There is IBC (inflammotory breast cancer) a rare type of breast cancer not usually seen on a mammogram. I had a friend whose mom had it, many years ago or I would have never heard of it. However, just a few months ago it was discussed on the news.
no, i don't think i have any of those symptoms..
i had my ultrasound yesterday, and they found something right where the dr said my skin is retracting. they wouldn't tell me if it was solid or fluid filled. I am praying it is a cyst (i sometimes get those) my dr. should be calling early next week to let me know.
Did this show up on the mamogram too? Or just the ultrasound? I'm curious because I had mamos that showed nothing, but was never sent for an ultrasound. I'm wondering if they'd find something on me if I had one...
My left nipple stared inverting about 15 months ago. I wasn't real worried about it except I have already had a bone tumor and vowed never to let anything go unchecked again. I am having pain and itching around my clavicle, the same spot always for the itching. My nipple does itch somewhat. Anyway I went to the breast care clinic and nothing on the Mammogram or US but the radiology dr saw somw clear fluid coming out when she examined me so they sent me for an MRI. It showed a small"mass" that the radioly dr said COULD be a tumor behind the nipple pulling it in. So I had a biopsy and it came back benign. So they sent me on my merry way, yet I stil have the same symptoms. I too lost 25 lbs without trying and went from a size 12 to size 6 and 8. I went back to see a breast care dr (although she was a Gen Surgery dr) and she told me "breast pain sucks" . I didn't feel this was the right answer , do you?
Hopefully your tests come back normal, benign but that still leaves you the question of why does my nipple invert?I feel like eventually mine will assert itself and bring on some kind of diagnosis other than it sucks!
Bonnie, That's a ridiculous response - especially from a specialist. I wouldn't be too happy with that doctor! Luckily for me I have no other symptoms. No itching, burning, redness or pain. How are you doing Michelle?
my ultrasound showed cysts that have apparently been there for quiet a long time, but have grown. they are now causing me pain pretty much all month long now. they are sending me to a breast specialist to determine if they want to biopsy or drain them. they officially diagnosed me with fibrocystic breast disease. the concern there is that the cysts could contain hyperplasia cells. i don't know enough about that to comment on it, but i intend to learn. the masses were not solid, so i guess that's good, but i would have rather had nothing...but then wouldn't we all on here
I have an appointment next week because my nipple is doing the same thing. It has a slit too. Definitely not normal. The concern I would have is Inflammatory Breast Cancer or IBC. It isn't real common and I don't think alot of doctors are real savy on it. I would get a second opinion.
I too have fibrocystic breast disease. I always have an ultrasound in addition to a mammogram.
It is so important to stay on top of these things. My mom had a calcium deposit in her breast. In one year it went to cancer. Thankfully, stage one so she caught it early thanks to annual screening.
lilsunshine, I would go to another dr asap. breast pain sucks? Oh pleeeeeze. good luck
Mel, I found this online (below), do you have any of the other symptoms? I only ask because I just have the one. I'm a little concerned because I passesd the breast exam and 2 mamos with flying colors, yet my doctor didn't seem concerned or require any other follow up. I have no pain or other symptoms, but reading some of these posts makes me wonder if I should inquire about other tests. Since I only have the one symptom and my doc is unconcerned could it be nothing to worry about?
Symptoms of IBC may include redness, swelling, and warmth in the breast, often without a lump. Skin may appear pink, reddish purple, or bruised and/or may have ridges or appear pitted, like the skin of an orange. Other symptoms include heaviness, burning, aching, increase in size, tenderness, or a nipple that is inverted. These symptoms may also be signs of other conditions such as infection, injury, or other types of cancer.