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Topic: Still having pain 6 months after core needle biopsy

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Share important questions and provide support to others experiencing breast cancer and treatment-related pain.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2017 06:34PM

Longrun731 wrote:

I had a core needle biopsy just over 6 months ago. My diagnosis was mastitis and I spent 20 days on antibiotics and seemed to get better. Six months later I'm still having problems. My breast is so sore and tender that it is impacting my daily life. It hurts when my kids hug me. I won't let my husband touch me. It hurts if anything brushes against it. Walking across the floor makes it hurt. And now I'm on daily pain medication because the pain is radiating into my shoulder area. It continues to get worse as time passes.

I went back for my 6 months check up a couple of weeks ago and expressed my concerns. I was given a clean bill of health and told that "sometimes breasts just hurt, take pain medication". That was when I knew I was getting no help from that doctor. Really? They don't hurt for 6 months non-stop.

Could this be from the metal marker placed in me? The doctor told me those don't cause pain, but I can't believe that anything else would be doing this to me. I had a lumpectomy several years ago and it was a lot easier on me than this biopsy. I also, just months prior to my biopsy, had a majorsurgery to remove a different medical device from my body because of all the trouble it was causing me. I just feel like my body doesn't play nice with foreign objects.

Any advice on what I should do? Is an exacto knife and needle nose pliers to fish the crazy thing out my only solution? I feel like all the doctors at my clinic think I'm nuts.

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Mar 23, 2017 08:30PM Moderators wrote:

Hi Longrun-

We're sorry to hear of the pain you're still experiencing! 6 months seems to be a long time to still be in this much pain from a biopsy; is there a way you can get a second opinion from another doctor/surgeon on what may be causing it? We know it can be frustrating when your own doctors don't seem to be listening to you. A second opinion may be the best course of action at this point.

We hope you find out what's going on, and are free from pain soon!

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Mar 24, 2017 09:04AM Longrun731 wrote:

Thanks for the reply. I do see my gynecologist in a month for my yearly checkup. I will be getting her opinion then.

I'm just frustrated and wish it had never happened.

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Jul 7, 2017 03:13PM Crabby44 wrote:

I was beginning to think I was being dramatic, but after reading your post I'm not the only one with severe pain. It has been a month since my biopsy and the pain is very intense. It's not just the breast, but the nipple of that breast is so tender that bathing is painful. I cannot stand for clothing to touch the breast so I have to wear a bra 24/7. I a seriously considering calling my physician because I have not been able to find any form of relief. I also do not take pain medication because it irritates my stomach.

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Jul 7, 2017 06:08PM ksusan wrote:

My biopsy pain didn't abate until I had the breasts removed several weeks later. I'm sorry you're having this experience.

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Jul 29, 2018 07:24PM Mil wrote:

I have similar issues. I went to a top surgeon for the proc procedure on my other breast and I have no pain. My stereotactic biopsy from what I understand now was completely unnecessary. The breast hurts for weeks then stops. Then hurts again. I really hate being operated on but I hear more and more frequently that those markers can be the cause. I'm not surprised as I know I tend to be very sensitive to many things. But I still don't get it. Unfortunately I didnt use a goodbye surgeon for that procedure but my top notch specialist who did my surgery wanted nothing to do with this issue and completely dismissed it

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Jan 26, 2020 11:58PM mariesotelo wrote:

I am still having pain after 6 months from the biopsy( which was cancer free ) but I don't want to see a doctor, what was your your final decision?

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Jan 27, 2020 12:21AM MinusTwo wrote:

marie - this thread hasn't been active since 2018 so it's not likely anyone will answer. However if you still have pain after 6 months, you really do need make an appointment with the doctor.

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Feb 2, 2020 08:49AM LynnVB wrote:

3 years out from my biopsy and lumpectomy I still have periodic soreness but not to the extent you are describing. There are a lot of nerve endings in your breast that may have been irritated, but I’m not sure what can be done about that. Physical therapy can bring some relief. I would most definitely go back to your doctor or seek a second opinion.

You are not nuts and should not be made to feel so.

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Feb 2, 2020 10:54AM SUPer52 wrote:

Is your pain at the site of the biopsy where the doctor made a small incision? Or elsewhere? It is possible that the compression from the mammogram paddles could cause some bruising (if that is how your biopsy was performed). I was very sore and tender in my my first few ribs for a good 10 months after my biopsy which, according to my doctor, was most likely from some bruising of the bone as well as deep tissue bruising resulting from being compressed so tightly and for so long. (My core biopsy took awhile because I had two spots that were very posterior and difficult to get into view and then difficult to access.) That pain lingered long after the pain from my lumpectomies had subsided. If the pain feels like it is more inflammation or irritation within the breast, or that your incision didn't heal properly, it can't hurt to see your doctor about it.

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Apr 27, 2020 11:21AM Marie123123 wrote:

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Sep 11, 2020 11:24PM Pain78 wrote:

I had a biopsy 1 month ago and they hit a nerve towards the end of the procedure. I am in a significant amount of pain that is getting worse. Radiologist informed me that women don’t have pain longer than 4 weeks following the most extensive breast surgeries and my body was meant to take worse teams than the biopsy. My breast feels like it is on fire. I’m confident I have nerve damage but don’t know who to see next to figure out how to manage the pain and get my life back. Did you follow up eith your doctor? Did they recommend any specialists to help with breast pain? My biopsy was benign which is good but I really don’t know who to get help from as most breast specialists seem to be oncologists when I search providers. I feel stuck and could use advice on who to see next. Do you feel any better

(I have a friend from college who had similar issues w her biopsy and she had burning nerve damage for over a year and dealt with it. I just can’t live with this indefinetly)

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Sep 12, 2020 04:53PM MinusTwo wrote:

Pain - conventional wisdom says to see your doc if you still have pain after 2 weeks. I'd probably start with my OB/Gyn. If you don't have one for regular, everyday, woman things - you should.

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014

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