A little about me first- I'm 37 years old and have three kids. My youngest is 14 and that's important because after having her, I received the Mirena IUD and haven't been to the doctor (PCP or Gyno) since. My periods stopped and I haven't had any issues. Until now, 14 years later.
I am overweight and at the beginning of the year did Keto. I lost about 30 lbs in 2.5 months and started having a light cycle. Very light. Mid-month for 3-4 days I'll notice a slight pink/brown color discharge. I read that fat loss causes an increase of estrogen which can cause issues with cycles.
In April, I felt a lump in my right breast. No pain, but a smooth, round/oval, firm lump, about the size of a ping pong ball that seemingly appeared overnight. I think it's moveable, but I have large breast so it may be healthy tissue moving.. I'm not sure but it feels it like it moves about an inch or two in several directions. I attributed it to the keto/estrogen changes and stopped the diet, hoping it would go away on its own.
Fast forward to current day, the lump is still there. Some days it feels larger than others, but I don't know if it's just my mind playing tricks on me. I'm still having the pinkish discharge 3-4 days out of month regularly and recently noticed that my nipple (which has always been pretty flat) feels "squishy" and my breast seems to be retaining fluid. For instance if I press a finger into the breast tissue then release, I can still feel the indentation where my figertip was. My other breast (without a lump) also does this, but not to the extent that the affected breast does. Don't know if this is related to the lump or not. Could also be sodium intake as I know I do not eat correctly. I just don't know. The only information I can find says swelling occurs with IBC, and I don't think that's what I'm dealing with, bc there is no discoloration and no rash or odd marks, no pain.
The lump still feels smooth, still seems to move, and is still firm. Breast shape has changed a little bit, but no changes in the appearance of my skin. If you press hard on the lump, it feels like there may be smaller smooth cysts or blisters surrounding the hard knot. I can't find any information on what that may be.
I've googled myself to insanity and pretty much convinced myself I have breast cancer. I fully intend to get this checked out, however I'm trying to wait until the first of the year due to insurance changes. I'm a single mom and the only source of income for my three children and financially, the new insurance plan that takes over on Jan 1 will cover much more of the expenses.
My question is this (and I realize noone can answer this definitively without imaging and testing) but does the new fluid retention mean that the issue is progressing and needs to be handled now? Ultimately I know money isn't the most important thing, but I also live pretty much paycheck to paycheck so any expense is a major burden and with my current plan, I'll be paying completely out of pocket due to high deductibles.
Other than the lump, I have no other symptoms and actually feel pretty good.
Thanks. I apologize for the long post. Any information or advice is very much appreciated.
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