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Meet others worried about developing breast cancer for the first time. Posting pictures of symptoms is NOT recommended - you are encouraged to seek advice from a medical professional in the event of any concerns.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2007 01:44PM

blessedmom3 wrote:

Hi, my sister suggested I come on here to ask a few questions.
First, my heart and prayers go out to all of you going through breast cancer, and those who are worried, wondering, and waiting for results. All of you are remarkable. I pray that all of you get the answers you want and are healed.

I have been having a horrible stabbing pain that comes and goes in my left breast where my nipple is. Even in the shower it hurts. No I am not pregnant, no its not any kind of pain I've ever had in my breast during PMS or menstrating or any other time. There is not any discoloration of the nipple or breast. I had a great mammogram early last summer. I did a self check today and felt nothing. It doesn't hurt to touch (except when shower water was hitting it), as much as these shooting sharp pains affect it. Am I worrying about nothing?
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Mar 10, 2007 03:09PM naturegirl wrote:

Kathy I just went through something real similar. Had a very sharp stabbing pain in my left breast. Ended up finding out it may have been caused by a cyst that was just below my nipple. They removed the cyst and it was fine. No cancer. Not saying yours is the same but it should be looked at by a doctor. The lady that does all my mammograms over the years said that any change needs looked out. Good luck, keep us posted.

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Mar 10, 2007 03:38PM VickiTN wrote:

Any time there is any type of change being experienced in the breast - it should be investigated by a doctor. I do encourage you to call your doctor and make an appointment.

Some women do experience pain in the breast prior to a bc diagnosis - while others, like me, do not. I never felt my lump either...it was picked up during an annual mammogram.

I certainly am not trying to scare you because the odds are that everything will turn out okay for you...but, it's not something that should be ignored.

Best wishes to you.
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Mar 11, 2007 04:12AM blessedmom3 wrote:

Thank you! I will see if pain goes away after my period. It started before period. I got to thinking and thought maybe it's just hormonal. I have lost weight so my breast have shrunk alot from DD to a C cup in 6 months. I always lose weight at the top first! Anyways, I also have Fibromyalgia, and thought well maybe its related to that, because I have had a lot of "flareups" this past month. Sometimes, its hard to tell what is what. I am definetely going to go to the Fibromyalgia website and post this pain question in their forum right now.
Thanks so much for your kind words. I'l be checking back to see if others have experiences this with Fibromyalgia.

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Mar 11, 2007 04:42AM luvcats wrote:

Hi Kathy,
I also have fibromyalgia for years and had been getting those stabbing pains in my breast. I put every pain I had down to fibromyalgia, how wrong was I. In May last year my breast was very swollen, red and painful and within days had been diagnosed with invasive carcinoma, multifocal, Stage 3, Grade 3, tumor was more than 10 cms they could not measure all of it proberly because of the uneven margins. I had mastectomy, chemo and rads and next week am having the second breast off as I am having the same pains there that I thought was "just fibromyalgia". Please do have it checked out as I had absolutely no thought in my mind about breast cancer, just another part of my body that hurts and flares up at different times.
I only found this board a month ago, wish I could have been here last when when I was so mixed up.
Keep us posted Kathy.
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Mar 11, 2007 06:16AM ravdeb wrote:

Have it checked...lumps that are benign or not can cause pain if pressing on something. Find out what it is...

Feel good.
IDC, 2cm, triple negative, grade 3, node neg Dx 9/5/2005, IDC, 2cm, Stage Ia, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2-
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Mar 11, 2007 06:21AM blessedmom3 wrote:

The thing is I don't press on it and it hurts, it just shoots pain on its own. Thanks for your replies.

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Mar 11, 2007 06:25AM redbirdgirl wrote:

Kathy, Not to be negative, because I don't think it's usually the case, but a pain like the one you describe is what led to my diagnosis. I'd skipped more than one mammogram, but having a symptom got my attention. I worried that it might be very advanced since there was some pain, but that was not the case. I hope yours turns out to be nothing, but I am glad that I had some symptoms or I might still be letting things go instead of paying attention and taking care of things. Good luck to you. Kay

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Oct 20, 2012 07:11AM dhimpu wrote:

i am having pain in my left breast. before the pain was rare. but for the past one week, am experiencing it daily. sometimes its very light pain. on the third day of my periods it was very severe and i had pain for nearly 3 to 4 hrs. i am having pain in back also. sometimes its paining in my right breast too. i am not having pain continuously. i don't find any lumps in my breast. i am confused whether it is symptom of breast cancer or some hormonal changes. i am very much afraid because my mother had suffered from breast cancer.

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Oct 20, 2012 09:12AM itsjustme10 wrote:

It kinda sounds like nerve pain, but the question is could there be something in there irritating the nerve, or is it just one of those transient things that'll stop, never to bother you again.  I'll add my vote to "it doesn't hurt to be safe and get it checked".  Good luck!!