RJ26

breast pain ruining my life..

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This is my first time posting here so I apologize in advance if this turns out to be rambly or long..

For about 2 months now I've been feeling a lot of discomfort on my left side. It started with a pain in my chest, then under my left breast, then in the ribs just below my left breast and then across the armpit and on my upper breast. Most times its a dull/heavy sort of feeling. Like I'm constantly aware of anything touching or rubbing against this breast. Sometimes I even feel a sort of twinge or pull in the armpit/upper breast area. I often get back aches as well- mostly between my shoulder blades and I'm convinced I have breast cancer which has gone into the bone. I've been to my family doctor who didn't perform a breast exam (he only pressed on my ribs, back and neck) and said sometimes pain can't be explained. I went to emergency where they did an EKG and said my heart was perfectly fine. I now have an appointment tomorrow with a different doctor to have a full breast exam done. 

I know I have terrible anxiety and some days I do so well with believing all of this pain is anxiety related but of course I end up on the internet and find articles describing breast cancer and of course I have every single sign and symptom. 

I'm just really hoping there's someone on here who has dealt with similar symptoms to mine. 

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Hey there. I just posted a post just like this. My pains are on my right side and have been bothering me for about a month now. I have been to two doctors, had an ultrasound which came back clear, and have also had two doctors feel around for lumps and bumps. They are convinced I do not have breast cancer, but of course, I have also had back pain and have also been worried about breast cancer spreading to the bone. I had a full blood panel this week and will get the results tomorrow. My doctor is pretty sure I had a virus which would explain my fatigue and muscle aches. He also said breast pain sometimes goes unexplained but as I'm 25, no history of BC in my family, and in fairly good health, he wasn't worried.  I will push for a mammogram if it continues but I suspect it won't pick up anything if the ultrasound didn't. The worst thing you can do is check the breast cancer websites - I have done the same and also have all the symptoms. Try not to stress too much - it's great that you are being diligent and getting it checked out. I understand this anxiety because I have been going through the exact same thing. 

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Thanks so much for the reply.

Looking forward to hearing your results from the blood test. My doctor said the same thing, no history of BC, only 26- that eased my mind a little but since he didn't even bother to do a breast exam I was left with so much uncertainty. He told me he wouldn't send me for a mammogram because of my age and it's actually more harmful then good? But with this new doctor tomorrow I'm going to push for an ultrasound and blood tests.

I'm definitely staying away from BC websites! I can't keep having these meltdowns every time I read something that scares me.

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I'll let you know how my blood test goes. Let me know how your appointment goes tomorrow as well! 

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I'm having this exact issue with my right breast! I saw a breast specialist bc I've been out of my mind anxious. She did a very thorough exam and was very reassuring that it was nothing. Of course I've been reading stories on breastcancer.org for days and in the back of my mind I'm still like what if she's wrong? What if it's early stage, etc. Ugh I'd gotten better for so many years and now I'm back to this hypochondria crap. Such an awful feeling. Let us know how tomorrow goes!

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We're all going through the exact same thing, so let's keep each other updated. I was feeling a lot better yesterday but the breast aches and back pain/shoulder pain is awful today and I keep thinking about that connection I read between breast cancer and bone cancer. My doctors think it's nothing serious so I'm going out of my mind as well. 

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54 minutes ago, armeade25 said:

We're all going through the exact same thing, so let's keep each other updated. I was feeling a lot better yesterday but the breast aches and back pain/shoulder pain is awful today and I keep thinking about that connection I read between breast cancer and bone cancer. My doctors think it's nothing serious so I'm going out of my mind as well. 

If it was a breast cancer that had spread to the bones, you would have bone related symptoms like fractures.

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Just now, utrocket09 said:

If it was a breast cancer that had spread to the bones, you would have bone related symptoms like fractures.

I've read all these forum posts and articles that say early signs of breast cancer are middle back pain so that's been getting into my head!

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43 minutes ago, armeade25 said:

I've read all these forum posts and articles that say early signs of breast cancer are middle back pain so that's been getting into my head!

Mid back has numerous causes. 

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I deal with breast pain too, and it majorly affects my anxiety levels. I get some form of it every month and it varies in the area, duration, time period before/during/after my cycle, and in the way it feels (sharp, full, burning, etc).  I have talked to my ob and pcp many times about it.  They suggested I take evening primrose oil, which hasn't taken it away 100% but I notice a difference.  I also know referred back/neck pain can cause breast pain (I see a massotherapist for that). If you Google referred neck pain chart (it is safe to google this), you can see which muscles refer pain to the breast and how to stretch them (which isn't a quick fix, but movement in the right direction ).  The quicker fix would be a trip to a massotherapist.  As far as I been told, practically all breast pain is hormonal or muscular or both.  It is good to get breast issues checked out, but once there is no lump and you get the all clear, asking for further testing is no good for your body or your mind. At that point, you have to go with the hormonal/muscular theories and deal with that. Hope this helps. 

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15 hours ago, AlwaysWorried21 said:

Of course I've been reading stories on breastcancer.org for days.

Why "of course"? 

Why are you putting yourself in the direct line of fire? 

Do you know that something as benign as wearing an ill-fitting bra can and DOES cause breast pain ? 

 

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50 minutes ago, Jae said:

Why "of course"? 

Why are you putting yourself in the direct line of fire? 

Do you know that something as benign as wearing an ill-fitting bra can and DOES cause breast pain ? 

 

Exactly. As does, hormones, pop, tea, and fatty foods. 

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Just an update on my breast pain issues: I went for the follow-up appointment with my doctor today who got my blood test results. Everything she tested for was normal so I continue to be unsure about what to do. My right breast still feels 'different' from the other. Assorted pain - sometimes burning, sometimes just a quick tight felling, sometimes a sharp pain. Just different. My ultrasound was 100% clear though so she is not convinced that I should be receiving further breast testing at my age. Because my back pains and aches are still so bad, she is sending me to a rheumatologist for further investigation of this issue. So frustrated and anxious still!

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Hey everyone-just an update on my appointment today. The doctor I seen today was wonderful. She did a thorough breast exam and checked out every area I was concerned with. She said everything felt perfectly normal. I have fibrocystic (?) tissues in my breast which is basically just that my breasts are lumpier than average and it can often cause more of a swollen feeling or tenderness. Totally normal though. She didn't think I needed any further testing and quite honestly I'm just going to trust her on this one and just keep reassuring myself that I don't have cancer in my breasts! She did say that my anxiety is most likely 100% of the cause of the pain I'm feeling on my left side and in my back because stress/anxiety causes major muscle tension and it can radiate in all of those places I've been feeling discomfort. 

I'm just going to try not to think about cancer anymore and blame it on hormonal changes. After all I did just have a baby 10 months ago and my periods are still out of whack. I can't keep thinking about cancer. It's not healthy to keep stressing about the thought of dying. I'm hoping after a few days/weeks of not worrying about dying with cancer i'll stop feeling so tense and hopefully the pain will go away!

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15 hours ago, Jae said:

Why "of course"? 

Why are you putting yourself in the direct line of fire? 

Do you know that something as benign as wearing an ill-fitting bra can and DOES cause breast pain ? 

 

Obviously I know this. That's how a hypochondriac's mind works. Worse case scenario all the time. If I could stop it i would.

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7 hours ago, AlwaysWorried21 said:

Obviously I know this. That's how a hypochondriac's mind works. Worse case scenario all the time. If I could stop it i would.

Are you saying you have no control over yourself when typing breastcancer.org in your search bar?  Or have you saved it as a favorite? 

Tell me again, what is it that you "obviously know"? 

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3 hours ago, Jae said:

Are you saying you have no control over yourself when typing breastcancer.org in your search bar?  Or have you saved it as a favorite? 

Tell me again, what is it that you "obviously know"? 

I'm sorry but there is no need to be condescending. This is a place to help ease one another's fears not to make someone who is obviously dealing with something feel like they're crazy or acting in a stupid way. Not to put words in anyone's mouth but by saying "of course I've been reading stories" I don't think she's actively trying to make herself upset. Anyone with health anxiety knows how it can affect your mind/body/actions. Sometimes by googling symptoms we're hoping against all hope that we find something on there that will in fact ease our minds. In fact, it was because I was googling my symptoms that I found this website and I couldn't be happier that I did. 

If you don't suffer with HA than I know you couldn't possibly know how our minds work but please when leaving comments to people take into consideration what they might already be going through. They don't need to read negative comments towards them when they're only feeling scared. 

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Holy crap lady why are you being so rude? Sounds like you don't need to be on this forum bc you obviously don't understand. You can stop now.

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I so agree with RJ; probably the single most difficult part of HA in this day and age is the absolutely overwhelming urge to seek information (Google), and yes, in the hope we can ease our mind. We totally know that the odds are against us finding info to relieve us and are high that we will further upset ourselves. It's all part of the need to try to control our lives in an area where, to a large degree, we have no control.

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46 minutes ago, AlwaysWorried21 said:

Holy crap lady why are you being so rude? Sounds like you don't need to be on this forum bc you obviously don't understand. You can stop now.

Good, get mad. The next time you go to read on breastcancer.org or Google any other symptoms... think about how angry my words made you and STOP. 

Don't tell me I don't need to be here or thst I dont understand I have suffered with health anxiety for most of my 57 years. I could write a book. 

This beast is hard enough without US making it worse. We can't control it all... but there are some things you CAN control.. 

If reading on breastcancer.org is helping you, by all means cointue. If doing so is feeding the beast - STOP.

 

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4 minutes ago, Jae said:

Good, get mad. The next time you go to read on breastcancer.org or Google any other symptoms... think about how angry my words made you and STOP. 

Don't tell me I don't need to be here or thst I dont understand I have suffered with health anxiety for most of my 57 years. I could write a book. 

This beast is hard enough without US making it worse. We can't control it all... but there are some things you CAN control.. 

If reading on breastcancer.org is helping you, by all means cointue. If doing so is feeding the beast - STOP.

 

For me my beast is als.. so I would lurk on the Als forum and like you said "feed the beast" I would be terrified for days after going there. So her is my question for you and others.. I love this forum.. it's nice talking to people that have the same issues.. but does coming here and reading other people's fear keep the health fear always hanging there? Or does it help? 

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Being rude doesn't help, period. Yelling at someone to STOP isn't either. If it was that easy i would. I don't need your rude condescending comments quite frankly 

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I think it goes both ways. Coming here and reading about lots of other people going through the EXACT same symptoms and seeing that they have numerous tests done and everything is clear definitely eases my mind. Because honestly if we've all had the tests done and they're fine but we all still have the symptoms- what's left that we all KNOW for sure we have? Anxiety. 

On the other hand when my anxiety is at it's worst- sometimes reading the stories of other people trigger a more severe attack. That's why when I come on this site, while I do read the odd posts from other people, I tend to stick to checking my own thread because I don't want to learn about another symptom and become obsessed.

Finding like-minded people from this website has been a godsend though and I'm so happy I found it. I was on another anxiety forum (nomorepanic) and that did nothing but make my anxiety worse. 

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