It's in my left armpit/left breast, and it's been going on for about 3 weeks. Could you please give me some advice on what this might be?
Fibrocystic change, a painful though basically harmless condition common in pre-menopausal women, can produce all kinds of aches and pains in and around the breast and chest, from soreness to sharp pain, as well as the aching you describe. It's often connected with your menstrual cycle, with the pain worst just before your period. Fibrocystic change is characterized by cysts, fluid filled sacs; and fibroadenomas, which are benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors. Some women report relief from pain when they cut caffeine out of their diet; if you're a coffee, tea, or cola drinker, you might consider this.
Breast cancer is usually painless, so this generalized aching doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom. Please read our post on breast pain; I think it'll give you the information you need to decide whether/when you should see a doctor about this.
Hi, I am in the same situation than you were then. I have fibrocyst breast, a lump was removed form my left breast which was bening and since then I am experiencing the same pain under the armpit. I have had many ultrasounds and mammograms that show just the cysts but the pain still there.
Could be the surgery did some nerve damage; sometimes pain is felt quite a distance from the actual operation site. It could be some minor swelling from the surgery, swelling so slight you can't see it, but that's causing pain. Thankfully, pain in the armpit isn't a typical breast cancer symptom, so I wouldn't stress over that.
Keep your eye on it; if you feel a lump, you'd want to go back to the doctor and find out what it is. But in the meantime, hopefully they've given you some suggestions about hot or cold compresses, wearing a looser-fitting bra, and other ways to ease the discomfort. Good luck - I hope you feel better soon. PJH
Thanks for the advice