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Q: have no lumps but pain in the chest muscle tissue is it breast cancer

i have no lumps no nipple changes no skin clor change dimpling or scaling of nipple but have pain in the chest muscle tissue as i am 50 years old and post menopause since 2 years had undergone mammogram thrice for the same symptom but reports r normal shud i again go for a mammogram r just go to gynocologist for breast physical exam i have no family history as i am overweight by abt 8 kgs for my height.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
4/13/09 8:53pm

Hi – If you’ve had three normal mammograms, trying to diagnose the same symptom – chest muscle pain – then perhaps you should see another type of doctor. If the pain truly is in your chest muscles, not your breast, you might want to speak to your general practitioner and see what he/she thinks about what to try next. If it’s breast pain, ask to be referred to a breast specialist. Obviously this pain is bothering you, and it would be good to get it diagnosed and get some treatment. But with three clear mammograms, it’s (thankfully) probably not breast cancer. Good luck - PJH

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slayer, Community Member
6/26/09 7:07pm

I have been having pain in the chest that feels like something is pulling on the left side in between my breast.  Some times the pain will move up toward the top area of my breast and towar the right side in between my breast but I just felt it on the right side once.  Everytime I sneeze, laugh, cough, or move onto the left side, it feels like something is pulling within my chest by my heart.  I thought maybe it was gas but I have been having these symptoms for about a month now.  When ever I get upset or argue with someone my chest tightens, and starts hurting to the point where I am out of breath and the blood feels like its rushing to my head.  This is beginning to be a constant pulling like pain that when I touch the area between my breast bone it hurts.

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cinque3, Community Member
1/ 8/11 6:55pm

I have been having a very similar issue, except mine has been going on for about 3 weeks now.  It wasn't as bad over the last week or so, but this past week my stress level and workload has increased, and so has the pain again. I don't know if it's similar for you, but I also have really tight muscles, knots, and pains in my back and shoulders, which I think might be connected somehow to this pain in my chest/breast area.  I haven't seen a doctor yet, but my guess is that this pain I am having is related to increases in stress, which causes more tightening of my shoulder muscles, thus creating pain in my chest/breast area.  I have no idea how similar your situation is to mine, but especially since you said the pain increases when you argue/fight, you may want to consider stress related causes.  I hope this helps, and your pain goes away!

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/ 9/11 7:22am

It sounds like you are doing good detective work in figuring out what has been causing your pain.  If it goes away completely when the stress is less, then you probably don't need to see a doctor.  However, if you have some lingering problems in the breast that last longer than a month, checking in with a doctor would be a good idea just in case the breast pain has a different underlying cause.  Thanks for sharing your experience;  I'm sure it will be helpful for other people with similar problems.

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sally, Community Member
5/28/11 11:25am

Have had exactly the same thing since September last year and have seen 4 different doctors - had 4 different opinions and so far none were correct and no solution to the problem.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
5/28/11 12:08pm

Sally, that's tough when the doctors can not agree.  Do the doctors agree on the severity of the problem and the need for a diagnosis?  In a situation like this, you probably want to push for the diagnostic tests to rule out the most serious possibility.  Then if you are negative for that, you can watch and wait to see whether the problem gets worse and shows definitive symptoms or goes away on its own as so many breast issues eventually do.

I don't know which doctors you have seen, but going up the specialty ladder to a doctor at a research institution or comprehensive cancer center might help you find a doctor with more experience.  Good luck.  Let us know what you find out.

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sally, Community Member
5/28/11 12:52pm

Hi Phyllis - We live on the KZN South Coast and Medical Services are limited as far as specialists but have been doing a lot of 'homework' on the internet as I have an appointment with a physician next week but have found the articles on Costochondritis interesting regarding the symptoms.  Will keep you all posted. 

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
5/28/11 7:39pm

Costochondritis can cause pain that is experienced in the breast or as muscular although it is actually an inflammation in the cartilage of the ribs.  I hope the next doctor you see will be able to help.

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sally, Community Member
6/ 2/11 1:07pm

Hi Phyllis

 

Many thanks for the support - have seen the specialist and he has confirmed it is Costochondritis  - have found heat treatment to be effective.  Next step is to get the anxiety levels under control but a relief to finally have a correct diagnosis - can't believe having wasted so much on unnecessary antibiotics as diagnosed previously as various infections.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
6/ 2/11 5:12pm

I'm so glad that you have a definitive diagnosis.  I hope you are feeling much better soon.  Thank you for sharing your experience here.  I'm sure it will help other people.

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