For the past month my breasts have been very tender. Also, the glands beneath my right armpit are swollen and sore, and my right breast hurts if I bend or lift my arms. I'm not pregnant. I'm getting some blood work done to see if there's an infection somewhere. Do I also need a mammogram? I'm 27, and breast cancer runs in my family.
It sounds like there might be two separate issues going on here. Breast tenderness, when it happens in both breasts, usually has hormones as its root cause. And not only pregnancy causes the hormonal swings responsible for breast pain and tenderness: your normal menstrual cycle can do the same thing. So tenderness in both breasts wouldn't be a typical breast cancer symptom.
The least likely cause of breast pain is probably breast cancer, since most breast cancers are painless, unless advanced. So what's causing this pain? Breast pain, especially when it's in one breast, can come from scar tissue pressing on a nerve. It can also signal an infection – mastitis, or an abscess. Since you're experiencing swollen glands in your armpit, you might very well have an infection in your breast. Thus it's good you're having some testing done. And if the blood work doesn't show an infection, your doctor may order a mammogram, just in case.
At your age, your risk of breast cancer is very small. And, unless your family history includes your mom or a sister with breast cancer, your risk isn't appreciably increased. So please don't stress too much about cancer; just follow through with the testing, and hopefully the results will reveal something that can be easily treated.
Hi, I'm 26 and having the same symtoms right now. I'm going to the doctor today. I had breast problems this same breast, my left one right after the birth of my daughter. I had mastitis which turned into an abscess and then I contracted MRSA in my breast. Anyways, when I started having the tenderness I just blew it off but it has gotten progressively worse. I'm not worried this is cancer, I'm just tired of the pain. I finally sucked it up and called the Doc today so we will see...
Thanks so much! I am definitely going to head into the doctor's office. Let me know how it goes!
Hi, I have those exact same symptoms now: the aching the right breast, the swollen lymph nodes in the armpit, the aches all the way down to my elbow etc. I am going to see the doctor on Monday, but I wanted to know if you ever found out what was wrong with you. What was your diagnosis??
It sounds like mastitis which is an infection in the breast. Typically you treat it with antibiotics and it goes away. However, if symptoms do not disappear after about 7 days make sure you go back to your doctor. There is a rare but highly aggressive form of cancer called Inflammatory Breast Cancer that is often misdiagnosed as mastitis. I don't say this to scare you, but to emphasize the importance of treating your infection now and following up with your healthcare provider.
I have the same problem but I had a sore throat on the same side. My throat is fine now. My doctor said its probably an infection so he gave me meds. my throat stopped n hurtinv before I took the meds. Ive been taking it for two days now. Nothing has changed except the pain is so much worse and the pain has grown..so the pain isnt in the same spot. My breast my whole armpit and the back part of my armpit hurts very badly. I have to take these pills for 7 days. Im hoping it goes away or I have to go back for an ultrasound.
Nini, 2 days isn't really long enough for the antibiotics to kick in fully; so please keep taking them, and hopefully they'll start working soon. Sending you good wishes in hopes you'll find this is a simple infection, and that you won't have to continue with any more diagnostic tests. Good luck - PJH
Thank you. As I said I hope after the seven days it goes away. Im just in a lot more pain.
If the pain continues to increase, I wouldn't wait the 7 days; after 3 days, you'd hope it would start to work, if it was going to. So if it keeps getting worse today, I'd call the doctor back and ask about next steps, including what to do for pain relief. Good luck - PJH
Thank you. Ive been taking asprin but im still in pain it isnt helping. I cant take advil aleeve or ibprupin because im allergic to naproxen and it is in each of those pills. But I will call ifithe pain is still getting worse. Its the same size though. I checked this morning so the size hasnt changed at all. Only the pain. Thank you for the advice
Came across this when I googled the question "Is sore, swollen arm a symptom of breast cancer? Anyone that has this symptom needs to go to a Dr. and have tests ran. My sister had these symptoms and was incorrectly diagnosed when she "finally" did go the Dr. when it didn't go away. She has stage IV Inflammatory Breast Cancer which is very aggresive and has spread to her liver.
I'm so sorry for your sister, and for you. IBC can be hard to diagnose, as it doesn't come with the usual lump, but rather swelling that looks like an infection. Thanks for helping to point that out. I wish you both the best as she continues through treatment - PJH