October 03, 2012,
M.M. asks from Detroit, MI on October 03, 2012
Weird Feeling in Breast
For about a week I've noticed a weird feeling in my right breast. It's not exactly pain -- more like a random tingling/pinching that comes and goes. It doesn't feel at all like the pain I typically get before my period. It feels more like when I was nursing and would just be sensitive in the milk ducts. I've never felt it like this at any other time but when I was nursing (3 years ago). Any idea what could be causing this now? I am not pregnant -- period has come and gone this cycle.
I have my annual exam at the end of October and will mention it to my OB/GN at that time. It def. doesn't feel like an emergency -- just strange.
M.P. answers from Pittsburgh on October 03, 2012
I would get a mammogram. I really hesitate to tell you this but I had strange feelings in my breast for a long time and it did turn out to be breast cancer. The way I can describe it to differentiate it is that unlike period/hormonal breast tenderness I felt like I could pinpoint the exact spot/s specifically. And it was kind of tigly.
One of the BIGGEST myths of BS is that it doesn't hurt and you can't feel it. If you are young your doc may hesitate to get you screened-I would insist if I were you. The age of onset is getting younger and younger unfortunately and many docs still don't take it seriously.
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D.. answers from Charlotte on October 03, 2012
You do need to get this checked. There is a type of breast cancer called inflammatory breast cancer that moves VERY fast. I don't know about tingling/pinching, but I do know that dimpling is a very bad sign.
I don't mean to scare you. I do want you to be informed.
As fast as inflammatory breast cancer spreads, I wouldn't wait a whole month for this. I would get in there this week - you need a real mammogram, not just an exam.
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S.W. answers from Amarillo on October 03, 2012
If you can get your appointment moved up do so. Document everything you feel. Especially if it is a "let down" sensation.
It may not be anything but it could be the start of cancer. I had this feeling and went and found out it was something else. If you catch it early you can live a long life. I am trying to scare you just make you aware of being aware of your body and what does not seem normal.
Good luck to you. Keep us posted.
The other S.
PS Never take anything for granted when it is connected to your body and your health.
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P.W. answers from Dallas on October 03, 2012
I am glad you are moving your appt up to be safe but remember this could be nothing. In fact my mother told me milk expressed on occasion years after she was through having kids. She has never had breast cancer and is 86 years old.