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Q: My left breast has been hurting for about a month. My veins are very pronounced and it feels like someone has my breast in a vice grip. It hurts at just about any slight touch.

I know that I am not pregnant. My doctor can't get me in for another few weeks, but I am worried. My breasts have never hurt before. What is going on?
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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
10/ 6/10 7:19am

Since this is just one breast, it's more concerning than if it were both - in which case I'd say it's probably hormonal. Please read our post on breast pain, and see if your symptoms match anything described there. Luckily, breast pain is - well, a pain - but usually nothing serious. However, a rare type of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, can start with pain. Please read our post on IBC symptoms; and if you think you might be experiencing early signs, best to see a doctor sooner rather than later, just to rule it out. Hope this resolves on its own soon - PJH

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By ptg0507, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 10/06/10