Lots of lumps and an indentation
I will start by saying I have my annual OB exam tomorrow morning where I will of course be discussing my concerns. I've been reading these forums for the past couple weeks now and everyone is so knowledgeable and friendly that I want to add my story here, as I'm sure come tomorrow I will have some questions for you all!
I am a few weeks shy of 39, 3 kids with my youngest being 2. With my last c-section I had a tubal ligation. None were breastfed.
The last few months I've noticed lots of lumpiness in both breasts. General Breast pain has been worse leading to my period. It hurts to even walk up the stairs if I don't have a bra on sometimes. All lumps I can feel seem squishy and movable. In my right breast is a definite very firm area on the upper outer part going up towards my armpit down to about my nipple. The area seems to be pretty similar to what I read about fibrocystic breasts. Ridgy, some lumps throughout, some spots are tender to touch, it flattens pretty much when I lay back, when I press on it it flattens etc. This specific spot softens a bit after my period comes but not fully. It seems close to the skin and I can feel every ridge.
About 6 weeks ago I noticed a dimple when I raise my arm or flex with hands on waist about an inch under this firm area. Strangely enough it seems the indent has maybe got a bit smaller since I first noticed it. But it also looks different depending on the lighting. It seems the more I dig into it looking to feel something it kind of stays sucked in. But then flattens out again. I feel like I sound crazy lol! I even gave myself what looked like a Hickey Because of all the digging. I do feel a very small but very movable round lump sort of under the dimple that seems attached to that fibrous part above it. Could something so small and movable cause tethering I wonder?
Regarding my left breast; it looks fuller than the right which isn't abnormal for me and I can also feel lots of lumps and ropiness but deeper down. In certain lights it seems I can have small dimples there too, but I can't be totally sure. I do get a breast exam every year but haven't been great at checking my own unfortunately.
So of course I'm very nervous. I have strong anxiety with it comes to health related things. I will definitely be discussing that with my family doctor soon. My husband made me laugh because the area of hard tissue was getting slightly red and I goteven more nervous. He's like well, you have been rubbing and poking and prodding that area multiple times a day for a month! And he's probably right because the less I touch it the less red it is.
I also want to add in the past year I've been under a tremendous amount of family stress. I lost 20 lbs really rapidly because of it and gained it all back (boo lol!) Within probably the last 6 months. I have read that stress can lead to fibrocystic changes and weight fluctuations can lead to dimpling.
So basically I'm all over the place. Again, I feel tomorrow they won't just send me on my way with a "all is great!" So I know I'll probably have questions for you ladies. I know my issues can be related to a ton of things, and it's nice to read the ladies here who have had dimpling with benign causes. Google is the worst!!! If anyone has a similar experience with fibrocystic changes or dimpling I'd love to hear!