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Q: sometimes when my nipples get hard when i'm cold my breast hurt VERY bad - WHY.

sometimes when my nipples get hard when i'm cold my breast hurt VERY bad.  the pain is so bad at times it brings tears to my eyes.  i haven't felt any lumps but it worries me due to both of my grandmothers had breast cancer.  what could be causing the pain?  sometimes when i rub on them it makes the pain go away & sometimes it doesn't.  then sometimes when i rub to try to make the pain go away i can feel the pain thru my entire breast.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/22/10 3:20pm

Hi - Since this is happening in both breasts, it wouldn't be a breast cancer symptom. Do you mean, the entire breast hurts when it's cold and your nipples get hard? Or just your nipples hurt? Remember, your nipples are extremely sensitive, with lots of nerve endings, and cold can bother them a lot. Perhaps your nipples are transmitting this sensitivity and pain to your entire breast. Perhaps you could try keeping them extra-warm when you go outside, to prevent them being exposed to more cold than they like. And, since this seems to be bothering you a lot, why not see a doctor about it? Good luck - PJH

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Anastasia, Community Member
10/22/10 2:40pm

Hi my name is Anastasia iam 17 and my breast just start hurting about 3weeks ago.I really need answers.I run to the doctor too much I already had an biopsy in every thing about 4months ago because I had a

lump. but everything came back normal.But now it's different my breast gets these tingly feelings in one breast at a time.I used to feel sick in the morning but now it dont feel like that.My stomach just feel very tight in the morning... What could be wrong????????????????????????????????????????????????

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
10/22/10 3:19pm

Anastasia, breast pain and morning sickness can be early signs of pregnancy - are you sure you're not pregnant? This sounds very hormonal. If you miss your period, best to see a doctor to get checked out, OK? Other than that, these don't sound like breast cancer symptoms.

 

Please read our message to teens; it might just make you feel better. Good luck - PJH

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AmandaN, Community Member
5/ 3/12 8:29pm

I had the same thing happen to me just recently when i was outside in the cold. But it has been over a week since this happened and both breasts are still extremely tender. Is this something i should be worried about?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
5/ 3/12 11:15pm

Amanda, could you be pregnant? Stinging nipples isn't generally a sign of breast cancer, especially when it happens in both breasts. However, breast pain and soreness, as well as nipple soreness, can definitely be a sign of pregnancy. Even if you're sure you're not pregnant, this is still probably a hormonal issue. My advice would be to track it; if the symptoms persist for longer than a month without change (or certainly if they get worse), then this would qualify as a breast change, and you'd want to see a doctor. Good luck - I hope this resolves on its own soon. PJH

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Sara Reis, Community Member
10/28/12 11:39pm

I know is very uncomfortable, I used to feel it a lot but I started to wear more protective bras, cause it worked, This is because My nipples are too big,

But now I am pregnant everytime Itake my bra out is AWFULL, I Mean is sharp  intensive pains like someone is pulling my nipples. Sometimes I feel I am going to 

pass out.

I am going to the doctor soon, cause this affecting my routine. 

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
10/29/12 6:13am

Good idea about more protective bras.  Nipples come in all sizes, so yours are not really "too big".  They are just the way you are.  If the increased pain since you became pregnant is on both sides, it is not likely to be a health problem like infection or cancer.  It is probably related to your breasts growing because of the pregnancy or to your changing hormones.  The doctor can check you out to make sure nothing is going wrong and may have some suggestions to relieve the pain.  Many women use moisturizers designed to reduce stretch marks on their breasts and belly during pregnancy to help relieve the pain and itching of stretching skin.

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Suzanne, Community Member
1/22/10 4:00pm

Hi - I agree - if you have pain in both breasts, more than likely it isn't a symptom of cancer. However, if you have concerns, you should definitely get it checked out.

I lost my mother to breast cancer - she was 52. I had my 1st mammogram at age 29. Since then had one every other year till I was 35, at that time my breast started becoming very dense and I started have mamms every year. At 40, my breast had become so dense that everytime they did a mamm, they would have to re-do it because they couldn't get is "squeezed" enough to see through the density. At 44, I too started experiencing pain in my breast - it was mainly during my period starting a few days before I started and ending a few days afterwards. I discussed this with my ob/gyn and she stated that several women in their 40's experience pain and especially those with alot of density. She suggested that I cut back on caffeine and chocolate. I completely cut it out for a few months and the right side got better and the left side seemed to get worse. Even though it was quite time for my Mamm, I talked her into ordering me one because the pain was getting worse and it no longer was just present during my cycles, it was all the time. This time when I had the mamm, I blacked out due to the pain, they immediately did an ultrasound, however, my breasts were so dense they still couldn't see anything. I started to get scared. After reviewing the mamm & ultrasound, the ob/gyn told me that I really didn't have anything to worry about because typically cancer isn't painful & cancer cells general show up in mammo's even through the density, but to ease my worries, she sent me for a biopsy - came back invasive ductal carsinoma, that was March 2009. After 12 chemo treatments, I had a modified radical mastectomy on the left side and a basic mastectomy on the right (I didn't want to go through it twice like my mother did). That day just happend to be my 46th birthday. That was October of last year - today I am cancer free and just have started the process of reconstruction. Don't want to scare anyone, just want to say that sometimes, some of us aren't in the "typical" category. I wasn't. So get your self checked out - cut out the caffeine and chocolate - but mainly if you have concerns, see a professional. I wish you the best! - Suzanne

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/22/10 7:17pm

Suzanne, thank you for sharing your experience.  Many times our bodies haven't "read the textbook" and find their own ways of letting us know something is wrong.  When a person notices a change that just doesn't seem right, it's a good idea to be persistent with the medical folks until a diagnosis is made.

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maria, Community Member
6/23/12 5:28pm

Oh Suzanne thanky you for sharing your experience, I am a chocolate eater.. everyday I eat chocolates and drink much of Cola.. today while eating ice cream my nipples hardened and after a few hours I feel pain in my breast like a neddle poking inside my breast.. I am afraid because it happend already twice.. I am only 31 right now and have a 3 year old child...

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
6/23/12 8:06pm

Luckily, this doesn't sound at all like a breast cancer symptom, Maria. But you may be experiencing fibrocystic change, a harmless though often painful condition that's quite common in women your age. There's some evidence that caffeine makes the symptoms worse; so you may want to cut back on the chocolate and cola, and see if that helps. If it doesn't, you'd probably want to speak to your doctor about other steps you might take to lessen your symptoms. Take care - PJH

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Davindia, Community Member
3/ 5/10 9:28pm

I've had 2 children... breastfed both for almost 2 years each.  I started experiencing the exact same pain on both breasts about a year after my second child... the pain occures ONLY when my chest is cold... the feeling is like my breasts (not just the nipple) have frostbite.  So I understand...  have had the exact same experience and it's brought me to my knees in pain...  The only thing that I have found to relieve this issue is using a heating pad on my breasts when this happens and it works quickly to aleviate the issue. 

 

Recently I did find a lump and went through the whole experience of having a mammogram... sonogram... and surgical consultation at our local cancer center.  They didn't find anything that looked like cancer.  I told them about the experience with this pain and they said that they didn't know what to tell me. 

 

I wish I could give you more information... but the only thing that's helped me is the heating pad.  

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tfoxy82, Community Member
3/ 7/10 12:42am

Thank you for your responce now I know it's not just me having this problem it is so painful. My husband actually bought me hand warmers for when I go outside for a while to put in my bra. He said he couldn't stand to see me in so much pain just from getting cold. It seems no one has an answer to this problem my Dr. looked at me like I was crazy when I told her. Has anyone had any luck getting a diagnosis? I doubt I have cancer since no one in family ever has and I am only 28, so I am not really worried about it, but I would like to know what it is so maybe I could prevent it from happening.

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MLDopko, Community Member
5/ 1/10 3:28pm

I get the same exact thing. No matter what the weather is outside, if I get cold a bit, and my boobs get cold my nipples will start hurting SOOOOOO much.  I just went thru this bout 20 mins ago just sitting around my computer. I guess since my hair was wet, and I was sitting in a colder room in the house it started this. I was in sooo much pain, until I went to the bathroom and wet a towel with hot water and placed it over my nipples for a bit.  It helped, and then I grabbed a hoodie to wear.  I wish I could find out WHAT exactly this is. But Im glad to know Im not the only one with this prob. Im 20 y/o. and got really worried.

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purple ronnie, Community Member
11/ 7/12 3:06pm

i've had this since i was 13 when i get cold, i'm now 27. Although now i'm pregnant it has gotten a lot worse and where it would usually be uncomfortble and last about 20-30 minutes, it's now excrutiating pain to the point of not being able to wear a bra or anything and lasts ages. Infact, im sat here topless with the hairdryer pointed at me as i type :p It sometimes brings me to tears it hurts so much!

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
11/ 7/12 3:50pm

Wow, it sounds like your nipples are EXTREMELY sensitive. Have you ever asked a doctor about this? It might be due to high levels of hormones, in which case you might be able to treat it... Probably not now during your pregnancy, but if you haven't, do mention this to your doctor, OK? Good luck - PJH

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mela, Community Member
2/ 2/13 1:08am

hi doct

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mela, Community Member
2/ 2/13 1:10am

hi doct

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mela, Community Member
2/ 2/13 1:11am

hi doct

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
2/ 2/13 6:55am

Hi Mela - we're not doctors here, simply well-read breast cancer survivors, reaching out to help other women who are going through what we may have experienced. Do you have a question for us? If so, we're happy to help - PJH

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asdfgh, Community Member
12/14/13 8:40pm

First in the case of most nipples the nipple becomes erect in cold as a part of the contraction of muscles from being cold. [Similar to goosebumps] Then skin around the nipple tightens on that already erect nipple squeezing it very tight. The best way to fix is to use a warm wash cloth or damp one and microwave it so it is warm. The pain should go away soon after the nipple has reached the temperature when the skin around will at least stop tightening.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
12/14/13 9:21pm

Thanks for your good advice here - much appreciated! PJH

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By brogers, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/22/14, First Published: 01/22/10