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Topic: Marker Clips in the Breast

Forum: Not Diagnosed But Worried —

Breast cancer symptoms vary widely. According to the American Cancer Society, in addition to a lump, breast cancer symptoms can include swelling, skin irritation, dimpling, breast pain, changes to the nipple, thickening of the breast skin, or unusual nipple discharge. Still, some breast cancers cause no symptoms at all. Note: Please do not post pictures of your symptoms. It's important to have anything unusual checked by your doctor

Posted on: Jul 29, 2011 11:08PM

lulumom wrote:

I had my first mammo at age 40. They found a 3mm lump. I have had it since puberty but they still wanted to biopsy. A marker clip was inserted in the lump at the time of the biopsy.
Right from the beginning it has bothered me. I get shooting pains down my breast and it feels like I have a thorn in my breast especially around my period. I am never unaware of the prescence of the clip.

I called the mammo nurse a week out and she recommended I wait a bit more time. I called three weeks out and she had the gyno nurse call me back. The gyno nurse said to put cold compresses on it! it has now been three months. I really don't want to do a lumpectomy since I am sensitive to anesthesia but I don't know how much longer I can put up with the constant irratitation.

Has anyone had this problem and, if so, what did you do?

By the way, the lump was benign as I expected.

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Nov 19, 2011 08:39PM mawhinney wrote:

You might want to make an appointment with a breast specialist to have your pain evaluated. I have  several maker clips and have never felt them.

Dx 5/18/2008, IDC, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 20, 2011 04:17AM 112 wrote:

I think when they did one of the many tortures test and procedures they have put my poor breast thru that they placed a clip.  I had a lumpectomy and since then have had more pain then ever. just fyi

now less than year later 2 more nodules... and the whole testing etc.. need more biopsies.. I am sorry to say, but I will not live the rest of my life every 6 months worried about this!  My worrying over it now is probably inducing the bad cells in the first place.   please take these things off of me ASAP!!!

It simply is not worth the risk for me..  god bless you all..   I have spoken my peace...If some insurance company has the nerve to tell me that saving my life by more than 95% is not satisfactory to them..... then they should be evaluated and shut down by the attorney general or whomever... this is a bit ....... well lets say this... i am keeping my thoughts to my self .

for now!

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