I started a topic yesterday, Breast Cancer Symptoms, link live, and half the women mentioned their mass DID hurt before dx, biopsy and surgery.
Still, we are being told by sooooo very many of our MDs and breast surgeons (bs), in online searches and lists in magazines falsse informaiton, them saying that the good news is Breast Cancer Does Not Hurt.
But it does, Yes, For Many, Breast Cancer Does Hurt.
Please share your experience, you can mention itching as well as pain, and please include the location of your mass(es) or the bc.
- I had shooting lightening pain in my breast for months prior to finding the mass. Was told it was fibroids.
- After I found the mass, in the lower side of left breast, very close to nipple and so close to skin 1st bs said he would take a square to be certain..... after I found it, I had repeated shooting stinging pain in the mass area. Felt like a bee stung me a few times an hour, but was told that this was good news because bc does not hurt, so must be an 'infected' duct or something to aspirate.
- Also noticed that the mass reflected my emotions.... sadness, fear, anger, and my breast hurt in the mass area. Anyone else have this prior or after surgery? (edited to add on 8-13-12 that my breast is still reflecting emotions *_*)
- After the surgery, I still had the pain, breast felt scraped inside and out, mammos post-surgery left skin on fire, the nipple now was too sensitive to cope, the bee sting sensation was there too, but bs said surgery caused it all. (edited to add on 8-13-12 that the shooting pain stopped after five months, no cancer evident in breast per PET CT which I had in July though still cancer in three axilla nodes) I still had shooting pains in both breasts until April, which I believe was healing from my efforts thus the death and/or healing of cancer cells. I am sharing this part because surgery does not mean the cancer is gone. IMO post-surgery, there is a lot of work to do, whether w conventional medicine, w alternative choices or complementary / integrative choices..... and healing can cause pain too. Yes, bc does hurt.
...........so keep listening to the signals your body gives to you and do not let anyone tell you that it is nothing to worry about because it is small and it hurts.
Do not ever never ever let anyone negate your concerns, and know that you can take this list with you to the medical team of your choice if you need it.
Please share if you will, if you experienced pain before the surgery and treatments. Or if you did not feel pain, we need all input. It is time to dispel the myth that breast cancer does not hurt, and I believe it could save lives as well.
"Every mistake I have made has proven to be invaluable information for someone." Me.
7/15/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 3/11 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
11/28/2011 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right, Sentinel
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