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    Old 04-09-2008, 07:14 PM   #1
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    I don't know what to do. I've been in so much pain lately and can't remember what life is like without having pain and the feeling that in general, something is really really wrong.

    For a year and a half I have had a constant, noncyclic pain in my left breast. If my breast were a clock, the pain is at 7:00. I had my first mammogram when the pain began and everything was "normal". Last month the pain worsened so I saw a doc again and had another mammogram and an ultrasound. A few small lumps were found but nothing appeared to be problematic. Nothing was found in the painful area but there is a notable change in architcture in that particular area so the radiologist ordered a breast MRI which my insurance will not approve as they deem the procedure investigative.

    I have lost focus as the pain is beginning to take over my life. Because of other health issues, Tylenol is all I can take for pain. This does nothing. I don't enjoy hugs from family and friends anymore. Pain pain pain.

    I have changed bras, cut out caffeine, eat very healthy foods. Things to mention: I now have an almond sized lump in the painful region. Periods are normal following ectopic pregnancy and ovary/Fallopian tube removal 2 years ago. I have two sisters who were diagnoses with breast cancer. They were both premenopausal at time of diagnosis. This pain is not related to my cycle. The pain is always there, nothing has reduced pain. I'm in relatively decent health. I do have mild arthritis. I also have torn tendons from repetitive work in my industry (chef).

    Please, I need help and support. I can't continue living like this and feel like the pain is beginning to define me.

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    Old 05-14-2008, 12:16 AM   #2
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    Re: Severe breast pain with no diagnosis

    I have a knot in my chest that hurts really bad sometimes. It's on the right side, right above my breast.The knot is about the size of a almond too. I haven't yet seen a doctor, but plan to soon. I'll see what my doctor says!

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    Re: Severe breast pain with no diagnosis

    you have to take charge of your health. If one doc's answer doesn't seem right, then get another opinion. The fact that you have two sisters diagnosed with breast cancer premenapause would give me enough cause and determination to find someone who was going to give a reason for the pain. I have a very strong family history of breast cancer, maternal grandmother, mother, sister and several cousins who have been diagnosed so I read everything. I've had four biopsies in the last 15 years, all benign, thank goodness. Call the American Cancer Society and see if they can recommend a breast specialist in your area. Good luck, Amy

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    Old 05-14-2008, 11:24 AM   #4
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    Re: Severe breast pain with no diagnosis

    I agree with Amy! You really need to find a good doctor who will listen to you. I also highly recommend you ask for an MRI, especially with your family history. I discovered my breast cancer, years of mammograms and ultrasounds never saw it. Thankfully my doctor listened to me and I had the bioposy and MRI and there it was. You know your body better than anyone else. Please take care and good luck.


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