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Okay this is my first post so if I come off as confusing I apologize! I am 32 years old and hoping someone can help!
March of 2010 I noticed what appeared to be dry skin on the bottom of my right breast. It itched like crazy and turned a deep purple-ish red around the dry skin. The skin then became a sore that scabbed over . This spot was about the size of a pencil eraser when it started. As weeks went by I noticed that the scab seemed to get thicker and it started hurting when it was touched.
In Oct 2010 I decided to get it looked at by my PCP. At this point the sore haad been there for at least 6 months. The breast started becoming painful all the time and it was warm and red. It looked like I had burst blood vessels along the bottom of my breast. He said it was an infection and prescribed antibiotics. He refused to let me see a breast clinic until I had taken the medication. I took the antibiotics for 2 weeks with no change. I was able to convince him to let me see a specialist because during that time I had read about IBC. I was given a diagnostic mammogram. The radiologist at that point said that it did not present as IBC but I had a lump that needed to be looked at in the same breast. They did a songram and a biospy that day and told me that the area of concern was more oval than he liked but it was probably nothing. The results came back as benign andthey put a marker in for future mamograms. Was told to return in 6 months for a follow up and to request to see a dermotologist for the sore on the outside.
I changed PCP's around this time and my new doctor wanted to do a biopsy of the area. He said that it could take a while to get in to see a dematologist and if I let him do it we could at least know what we are looking at. He did the first biopsy in 12/10. The results came back inconclusive so he asked to perform a second. The second biopsy he actually used a scalpel to cut a football shaped biopsy. This came back as inflammation. After he cut the area out it took forever to heal. I was sent to the dermatologist but of course he had cut out the area so there was nothing to be seen.
2nd mamogram done in March 2011 and told to come back in 3 years. After this appt I found out that my father's sister has Stage 3 Breast Cancer is she is only 48. I am adopted so I am just finding out his history. My aunt asked me to get my BRCA2 gene test done because she is positive as her daughter. Her father also had breast cancer.
After a few months the sore opened up again and became scabby. Whatever it is has spread to the other side (think right bottom of breast) and I now have another sore. The original area is about the size of a nickle and very purple and red. It forms a ring around the scab and the skin is very tough around it. The second area is a little smaller and about the size of a dime. The scab and skin color are the same for it. It now looks like I have burst blood vessels all on the bottom of my breast and it looks like small red spider veins all over my breast.The biopsies were painful and I don't want to go through that again if I don't have to.
I'm just wondering if anyone has heard of this or has had it happen to them. I am at a loss as to what it could be because if it was IBC I would be much sicker I think. The areas are very painful (especially when when I get cold and the nipple hardens. I think it pulls the skin and the pain is becoming unbearable.) My kids touching me has become painful. I have put neosporin and a bandaid on the area to fight any infection but all it does is cause the scab to peel away and leaves a hole. You can see into my breast when it does that. I have a special needs son so I have a hard time making time to go through all this again. Just hoping someone has a suggestion! Thanks for reading!
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