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Wednesday, June 09, 2010 Michelle, Community Member, asks

Q: Off and on tingling in breast that moves around and is not constant

A little over a week ago I began having a "stinging" or pins and needles sensation in my right breast, off and on, most days but not every day, and the sensation moves around...mostly on the outside of the breast or - as yesterday - between the breasts. There's no change in appearance nor does it feel warm. I have had a pinched nerve elsewhere before and can equate the feeling to that . I also am diabetic and wonder if it could be related to neuropathy. should I be worried?


Thank you.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
6/ 9/10 6:49pm

Pinched nerves are one cause of pain in the breast, and since you have had nerve pain before and this feels similar, a nerve issue could well be causing your pain.  Cancer symptoms tend to be more constant than what you are experiencing.  We often recommend watching breast pain for about a month to see if it follows any hormonal pattern, but since you have the added issue of diabetes, it might be a good idea to see a doctor sooner.  Of course, if you do see swelling, redness, or other signs of infection, don't wait.  Call the doctor right away.

Michelle, Community Member
6/10/10 3:23am

Thank you, Phyllis, for your timely answer to my question. I do have an appointment with my doctor next week and can rest a little easier between now and then. Hopefully it will be something as simple (though momentarily painful) as a nerve issue. I also was in a car accident last fall in which the seat belt pretty badly bruised parts of both breasts and I wondered if it could even be something just now showing up from that. At any rate, thank you very much!

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By Michelle, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/25/10, First Published: 06/09/10