feeling helpless- worried about pagets
hi, I am 43. 2 months ago I noticed some wetness on the surface of my right nipple (no redness, no rash)- my immediate thought was that I was pregnant. I was paranoid but my period came the following week so I forgot about it.
I saw the wetness again a few weeks later- it was oozing out of the skin of the top half of the nipple. Clear, sticky. It was scant but definitely noticeable. I called the gyn, got sent for diag mammo and u/s. All negative. Was told it’s hormonal and to leave it alone.
I started to Google and I think it might be Pagets? It came back again and this time more oozing that can be seen on the bra. The area became a little red (not sure if it’s a real rash or just inflamed by the discharge since I was too scared to dry it and leaving it wet all the time). I panicked and put hydrocortisone on it. It immediately cleared it up, no more oozing, no more redness. Nipple appeared normal again.
I am still paranoid so I saw a breast surgeon. She did a thorough exam and felt no lumps or abnormality. I raised my concern about pagets and she says I definitely do not have it. But obviously my “rash” cleared up from the hydrocortisone. She is sending me for a MRI and took some discharge for cytology. She had to express to get the discharge out for cytology - I am pretty sure the sample she got from cytology was not the same oozing as what I have been witnessing. She advised me not to use the hydrocortisone anymore and to return for her to exam if it oozes again. The breast surgeon seems very knowledgeable and I trust her. I haven’t slept in weeks and I kept checking my nipple for discharge.
I can’t get my MRI till my next period comes and I am not sure when that will be. The waiting is just causing me more anxiety. I am convinced I have pagets. Can pagets clear up with topical cream just like that?