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One sided breast pain

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Every so often, maybe once a month or so, I get breast pain mainly in the left side.  It will last for anywhere from a day to maybe a week or so.  It just depends.  It’s not related to my cycle.  This has been going on for at least 7 years, maybe more.   I also randomly get the “let down” feeling that you get when you’re pregnant or nursing, and I haven’t nursed in 10 years.  That is on both sides, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes one side or the other.  I’ve never saw anything coming out *knock on wood* but having these pains and that sensation scares me and makes me think it could be breast cancer.

I just turned 40 and in my head that’s the “magic number” for breast cancer, since that’s the age you’re supposed to start getting your mammo.  I have been getting mine since I was 35 though, because my mom had cancer at age 60.  Her doctor said hers was caused by her hormone replacement therapy.  My mammos are always clear but I do have heterogeneously dense tissue, and that makes it harder for them to be able to see any possible small masses. So that always freaks me out.  And according to what I’ve read online (I know, don’t do that), that type of tissue increases your risk of getting breast cancer.  
I’m just wondering is anyone else has breast pain or aches on one side only, and if you still get that let down feeling from pregnancy? 
I just had my mammo in September so I’m trying really hard not to run to the doctor, but I’m really freaking out.  

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My wife has dense breast tissue too. It may make you feel better if you discuss your concerns with your physician. 

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Right.  I’ve discussed my concerns with my dr several times. 
so have any other women had this pain and sensations?  

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I have had this.  I went to get my first mammogram because of it.  I am very fortunate to have fatty breasts and got my results right away nothing was wrong thankfully.  It’s hormones.  It might not be your period, it might be ovulation.  I have been struggling with my health right now as well and as someone who will be turning 40 this year I am quite similar straits. 

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My wife has had a couple of callbacks after her mammogram for an ultrasound and all has been fine. 

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On 2/15/2021 at 8:10 PM, Ms.Moon said:

I have had this.  I went to get my first mammogram because of it.  I am very fortunate to have fatty breasts and got my results right away nothing was wrong thankfully.  It’s hormones.  It might not be your period, it might be ovulation.  I have been struggling with my health right now as well and as someone who will be turning 40 this year I am quite similar straits. 

Thank you, that’s reassuring.  Do you ever get that “let down” feeling as well?  I had an appt for just this past Thursday but had to cancel due to weather.  I rescheduled for this coming Thursday.  I have had mammos in the past and they have saw cysts, so I know despite my dense tissue something could possibly be seen if something was there, but there’s still a chance it couldn’t be.  I just hate dealing with the anxiety.  And of course it seems the more i focus on it, the more the symptoms are there 

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On 2/15/2021 at 8:31 PM, MARC said:

My wife has had a couple of callbacks after her mammogram for an ultrasound and all has been fine. 

Well it’s good to know that even with the dense tissue they’ve been able to see something that required further checking.  That is very reassuring.  From what I’ve gathered online (bad, I know) that type of tissue makes it more difficult.  

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