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Topic: Single breast pain for months, no clues after mammo & u/s

Forum: Benign Breast Conditions —

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Posted on: Jun 2, 2018 05:42PM

stephkd wrote:

Hi, I am hoping that someone here may have any ideas of what could be causing persistent pain in one breast for months with apparently no findings on mammogram and ultrasound (don't have report yet, but tech told me that they found nothing other than dense tissue).

The pain is a random shooting/stabbing pain that occurs briefly, several times a day, in the upper/inner part of my left breast. It's been going on for at least 7 months. It does not seem to be related to my cycle at all. If I press it, it increases the pain temporarily while pressed but then it kind of subsides, like the pressing pushed it out or something. I have recently felt an even less frequent pain behind my nipple. It doesn't last long. I thought I felt a lump a few weeks ago, now I'm not as sure. I have felt a random itch here and there on the outside, not sure if related or me overthinking (thanks, Google).

I have endometriosis and adenomyosis, and I take daily Prometrium to "help" with that (not really helping). I've been on the medication for 3 months, so less time than the breast pain has been happening. My OBGYN didn't test my hormone levels but suspects excess estrogen based on other symptoms. I consider myself otherwise healthy. My OBGYN, GP, and the radiologist didn't really give any indication what else it could be. I've been told some women just have unexplained breast pain.

I'm wondering....can it be hormonal even if it happens all throughout my whole cycle? Could it be like breast changes (fibrosis?) due to my age (32) that might be irritated by my other hormonal issues? Thanks in advance for any insight or information!

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Jan 10, 2019 09:24AM Lmjohn wrote:

did you ever get answers. I have very similar symptoms. Been about 2 months.

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Jan 11, 2019 08:49PM stephkd wrote:

Hi, the short answer is no. I never got any definitive answer. Anecdotally I can say that while my breast pain was growing increasingly worse and more frequent, a couple months into my progesterone-only attempt to treat my endometriosis and adenomyosis, the pain started to subside. After almost a year on the medication, the pain in my breast was gone.

I recently stopped taking the medication due to side effects... Already my endo/adeno symptoms have gotten worse, and this week I noticed the breast pain starting to return. It's led me to believe my pain may have been hormone-related after all. It's still baffling since it was one location in one breast.

Have you been to the doctor or had any tests?

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Jan 13, 2019 12:22AM Lmjohn wrote:

No not yet. I am going Thursday for a mammogram. My first one ever. I am just 34. Never really had breast pain other then mild soreness around cycle or when pregnant. I have been having this breast pain for about 2 months in 1 breast. Comes and goes but there more then not. Tried to see if it was cycle related but can’t find a pattern. It makes me stress even more and google doesn’t help. I feel no lumps. I have wondered if mine was hormonal relate. I stopped taking birth control for a while this started. I have started it back to see if pain goes away

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