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Q: my right breast hurts bad

I am 43 yrs old.  My right breast has been extremely sore for 2 days now.  So bad that last night sleep was very disturbing.  I could only sleep on my back.  It hurts underneath and along the right side.  I have never had any pain before.  Why is this happening?  Should I go to my doctor? 

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
4/14/10 8:27pm

Breast pain is not a typical breast cancer symptom.  Often a doctor will suggest that you track the pain to see if it is related to the menstrual cycle because many women experience pain and tenderness the week before their period.  However, I think that any pain severe enough to interrupt your sleep needs to be reported to the doctor sooner than later.  Sometimes pain experienced in the breast actually originates somewhere else like the ribs or a nearby nerve.  When accompanied by redness and/or swelling, pain can be a symptom of an infection or a rare form of cancer called inflammatory breast cancer.  Unless you see an improvement, I'd suggest that you call the doctor tomorrow so that you can get some pain relief and sleep.

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ouch it hurts, Community Member
4/19/10 12:20am

Thanks for the tips,  I did go see my doctor and I am glad that I did.  For now on I will listen to my body.  Thanks again for answering my question so quickly. 

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eeppler, Community Member
4/14/10 10:55pm

My motto is better safe than sorry  Even if you can trace it back to a possible injury you still should go to the docto especially if you can not sleep because of pain  Best of luck. 

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eeppler, Community Member
4/14/10 10:55pm

My motto is better safe than sorry  Even if you can trace it back to a possible injury you still should go to the docto especially if you can not sleep because of pain  Best of luck. 

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Blondibyrd, Community Member
4/18/10 10:01pm

Do you wear an underwire bra?  Underwire bras are known for riding up, if not fitted properly, and pressing down on the lymph nodes on the lower sections of your breast.  This is potentially damaging and very painful.

I suggest, after an exam of course, getting a custom fit bra from a bra boutique, with no underwire.  I just did this a month ago and have no pain now.  Further, the bra fits better and I look better in my clothes. 

Save the underwire, sexy push-ups for your hot dates and be safe and practical during the day with a well fit, no wire bra.

Please see the statistics about bra wearing and breast cancer.  An independent study has shown that wearing a bra over 12 hours per day, can potentially increase your risk.  Google it.

 

Take care.

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By ouch it hurts, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 04/14/10