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Topic: Worried about red spot on breast - Picture added

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Posted on: Oct 5, 2012 04:16AM

AshleyW wrote:

Hi, ladies!  I need your opinion about my breast.  I posted another topic a few days ago regarding slight nipple inversion/breast pain.  I thought ovulation and/or PMS was to blame.  Tonight when I got out of the shower, I noticed a red spot on the side of my breast when I was drying off.  It is slightly raised (only a tiny bit..not enough to be a bug bite).  There is no "head" on it like a pimple or bug bite.  It is bright red, the size of a pencil eraser, and has lines all around it like it's spreading or something.  It doesn't hurt or itch, but is located on the same breast that has the slight nipple inversion (only when I lift my arm).  I attached a link to a pic, but it is poor quality.  If you tilt the screen up a little, the picture becomes a little more clear.  It is brighter red in person than in the picture, but tilting the screen helps you see the bright red color a little better.  Is this something I need to see my doctor for, or do I just need to watch it and see if anything gets worse or any new symptoms pop up?  Also, not sure if this is related to this same problem, but I have been feeling not at all like myself lately.  Tired, cloudy brain, dizzy at times, achey, nauseated, and sore shoulder.  Maybe coming down with the flu? I appreciate any and all answers!  God bless you ladies!

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Oct 5, 2012 09:42AM flash wrote:

Sorry to hear of your discomfort.  There are many things that cause the problems and complaints you are describing.  Just for peace of mind for you, I would recommend seeing a GP and start to eliminate some of the problems.  Certainly, he/she can direct you to the best type of specialist to see for the breast problems.  Generally, you will be referred to a breast surgeon or a dermatologist.  Believe it or not, that really is the best way to start to eliminate and sleuth the cause of the problem.  We don't have any one simple diagnostic test and you always want to minimize any damage and stress to your body.  Sometimes the simplest is the best way to start.  Good luck to you, I hope it's not the flu (ugh) and something very simple.

multifocal multicentric IDC, DCIS, pagets et al. - er+,pr+ her2+++, mast,chemo, ooph, hyst

Dx 10/10/2007, Paget's, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+
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Oct 5, 2012 02:37PM IllinoisNancy wrote:

Hi,

I don't mean to alarm you but I had a similar red spot on my breast near the place my lumpectomy was.  It was four years later and I found it was a recurrence of ILC.  Please get it checked out while it's still small so they can remove it if necessary.  I went with a bilateral mastectomy this time because I'm tired of mammorgrams and worrying about BC.   I know it can still return but at least I did all I could to prevent it.  Good luck,

Nancy

OncotypeDX was 9, Pleomorphic ILC, Breast cancer twice, 10/06 and 10/10,

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Oct 5, 2012 08:00PM, edited Oct 5, 2012 08:02PM by AshleyW

Thank you both so much for you responses!  I will definitely call first thing Monday moring to get in to my doctor and have him check it out and rule out other health problems.

Nancy, if you don't mind me asking, did your spot ever get bigger?  Mine isn't any bigger today, but is still there and still red.  That breast is tender and when my son sat on my lap earlier, he rested his head on me, and my nipple stung SO bad.  I felt like someone was cutting it off.  Did you ever have that? 

I am so sorry both of you are having to go through this.  :(   I will be praying for you both!!

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Oct 5, 2012 08:49PM Goldfinch wrote:

Ashley, are you breastfeeding? If so, my first guess would be an infection related to that. But I agree with going to your doctor and getting it looked at professionally.

Dx 8/17/2012, DCIS, 2cm, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+Dx 8/17/2012, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 1/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+Surgery 08/31/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Chemotherapy 10/05/2012 carboplatin, TaxotereTargeted Therapy 10/05/2012 Herceptin
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Oct 5, 2012 11:20PM AshleyW wrote:

Hi, Goldfinch.  Thank you so much for your reply.  Nope, not breastfeeding.  My son is 16 months old; I stopped breastfeeding when he was 2 months because I got really sick with a UTI that turned into sepsis.  I've been feeling really really tired and not like myself all day.  I'm wondering if maybe I'm pregnant.  I took a pregnancy test a few days ago and it was negative.  Going to take one in the morning.  If it's negative, I will probably go to Urgent Care tomorrow to have bloodwork done to rule out any viruses or infections (bladder infections, etc) because of how tired I am.  Also, going to call my obgyn Monday to see when he can get me in. 

I see in your signature that you just started chemo today. I'm so sorry.  :(  You will be in my prayers! How are you feeling? My grandma had breast cancer, and I remember when she started chemo.  Seems like they gave her some medicine that helped a lot with the nausea. I will pray they are able to give you the same kind of medicine.  Smile

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Oct 6, 2012 08:04AM Goldfinch wrote:

Ashley,
I hope with the combined issues of tiredness and not feeling quite right that it is just an infection, or even pregnancy! Please do keep us updated with what the doctors say. Lots of times the only people who stick around are those with the bc diagnosis- I'd love to hear that it is something different for you!
I did start chemo yesterday. They gave me IV drugs for anti-nausea and some pills to take home. So far, so good except for fatigue. Thanks for the prayers, and will be sending the same to you for a good outcome!

Dx 8/17/2012, DCIS, 2cm, Grade 3, 1/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+Dx 8/17/2012, IDC, <1cm, Grade 2, 1/6 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+Surgery 08/31/2012 Mastectomy (Both); Lymph Node Removal (Left); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction: Tissue expander placement (Both)Chemotherapy 10/05/2012 carboplatin, TaxotereTargeted Therapy 10/05/2012 Herceptin
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Oct 9, 2012 05:40PM AshleyW wrote:

Thank you, Goldfinch! I go to the doctor on Friday, so she will check my breasts and check for pregnancy.  My right armpit has been extremely sore and sort of swollen.  I know that can be a sign of an infection or virus too.  That's good that they were able to give you anti-nausea pills!  I'm sorry about the fatigue! :(    You're welcome, and thank you for the prayers!

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Oct 12, 2012 10:53PM IllinoisNancy wrote:

Hi Ashley,

Hope you had a good check up today.  To answer your question, no the spots never got bigger and I had pain in my chest just like you mention.  I know that doesn't mean that it's cancer but I would certainly get it checked out with a specialist.  Breast cancer is always better to catch in early stages.

Good luck and take care,

Nancy

OncotypeDX was 9, Pleomorphic ILC, Breast cancer twice, 10/06 and 10/10,