• Darlene Darlene
    May 01, 2008
    Why do I have tenderness and tingling in just one breast?
    Darlene Darlene
    May 01, 2008

    My breasts are tender and tingle much like when I was breastfeeding. I'm not pregnant, nor is it time for my menstrual period. I'm 36 and last breastfed over a year ago. Why do I have this sensation in only one of my breasts?

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    May 02, 2008
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    May 02, 2008

    Since you're asking this question on our breast cancer site, I assume you're worried about cancer. What you describe isn't a typical breast cancer symptom. While breast soreness can sometimes be a precursor to inflammatory breast cancer, the condition is very rare; and it fairly quickly becomes obviously more serious, with swelling, redness, and pain. So please don't stress too much about this being cancer.

     

    Tenderness and tingling in the breast is often experienced as part of your menstrual cycle or when breastfeeding, as you say. But what usually causes these sensations are hormones – specifically, changes in hormone levels. Your breasts are sensitive, and your endocrine system (which controls your hormones) is complex. So you may not feel sensations related to hormone levels in both of your breasts at once. 

     

    Tingling can also be a nerve issue. Again, the nervous system is complicated, and your breasts are filled with nerves; so it's just as likely for one breast to tingle as both.

     

    Whatever is causing both this tenderness and tingling can only be identified by a doctor, so best to make an appointment. If your GP can't figure out what's going on, ask for a referral to a breast specialist, for a second opinion. As with any change in your breasts, it would be good to identify its cause.

     


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  • LBrand October 18, 2008
    LBrand
    October 18, 2008
    I have a similar feeling, and find that it's often tied to the amount of caffeine I've had over the past day or so... It's definitely reminiscent of the feeling of let-down - and I too have it only in the one breast. When I brought it up to my OB/GYN a while back, she felt no lumps and mentioned the caffeine connection, so if you're not noticing any tissue change or screenings are negative, try cutting back on caffeine and see what that does.   It can be a relief just to know that the caffeine's what does it, even if you're not willing to give up the coffee! READ MORE
  • melina January 12, 2009
    melina
    January 12, 2009

    hi i have been feeling a tingling feeling and there has been some kind of liquid coming out of my breast. i have also felt like my heart hurts in a way. i went and got it checked out and they told me i have high thyroid. and i am also getting my heart checked out to.

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    • Kirsten
      March 04, 2010
      Kirsten
      March 04, 2010

      thanks for this. I've been feeling something similiar, just in the past week. Keep thinking it 'll go away but hasn't really. FIrst thought it was my heart but now feel a little of the tingling (I guess that 's what I call it - not really pain or anything) in both breasts...No liquid coming out though.  How did you make out? Was it your thyroid only and what do they do for that? Thanks, going away next week but will look into it more if it doesn't go away soon.

       

      Kirsten

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    • PJ Hamel
      March 05, 2010
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      March 05, 2010

      Kirsten, since this is in both breasts, it's probably hormonal, or some other systemic issue, not breast cancer. Hope it fades away soon! PJH

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    • Kristin
      March 06, 2010
      Kristin
      March 06, 2010

      I have just this week started to feel the sensation of let down and although I am not leaking anything, If I attempt to express manualy on my right side a little of what looks like colostrum does come out. It is happening more and more everyday but just started this week. I do not think I am pregnant as I have an IUD and have had it for a few years. I haven't breast fed since 2007 and I only have this stimulation and liquid in my right breast... anybody have any answers?

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    • Jennifer
      July 14, 2010
      Jennifer
      July 14, 2010

      Were you pregnant?  

      I had Dreadful headaches as well as swollen, tingly, breasts about a month into pregnancy.  Went from a C cup to an F cup in a few exciting and uncomfortable weeks.

       

      J

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    • Sambellia
      November 18, 2012
      Sambellia
      November 18, 2012
      I have had that and it was a benign lump. Best to get it checked READ MORE
    • PJ Hamel
      November 18, 2012
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      November 18, 2012

      "When in doubt, check it out" - thanks, Sambellia. PJH

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  • Ms Tiffany May 10, 2008
    Ms Tiffany
    May 10, 2008

    Hi Darlene,

    When I found 1 of my lumps and went for my mammogram and ultrasound I told the radiologist it didn't relly feel like warm sensations through my breast but more like milk filling up in them after having a baby. I didn't breast feed but my breast did feel up with milk and you don't forget those motherly feelings. So definetly get checked out if you haven't already. It's best to know than worry about it. Good Luck

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  • novie January 28, 2011
    novie
    January 28, 2011

    I AM 39 MY LEFT BREAST TENDER AND HAVE THING TINGLING FOR A WHILE  FEEL LIKE WHEN YOU ARE FEEDING BABY OR MENSTRAL CYCLE COUPLE MONTHS I WENT DOCTOR SHE SAY IS THE NERVES IN MY BODY CAN YOU GIVE ME YOUR ADVISE  PLEASE THANK YOU.   NOVIE

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    • novie
      January 28, 2011
      novie
      January 28, 2011

      ALSO MY LEFT NIPPLE TENDER WHAT CAUSES IT PLEASE NOVIE SOME TIME I HAVE TAKE OFF MT BRA FEEL SO UNCOMFORTABLE IS THERE ANY THING FOR IT

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    • PJ Hamel
      January 28, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      January 28, 2011

      Novie, this doesn't sound like a typical breast cancer symptom; it sounds very hormonal. However, since your GP wasn't able to shed any light on what's going on, you might consider getting a second opinion from a breast specialist. Also, if the tingling and soreness turn into something more serious - for instance, if your breast seems infected (red, hot, swollen, painful), then you'd want to go back to the doctor and do some more testing to find out what's going on. Hope this helps - PJH

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    • novie
      January 28, 2011
      novie
      January 28, 2011

      thanks so much for your answer what can i take for the harmonal problem i went to doctor for this same problem she told me its hormonal and the nerves in my body what can be done    thanks again

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    • PJ Hamel
      January 28, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      January 28, 2011

      Sorry, Novie, we're not doctors here, and can't suggest medications... You might consider seeing a breast specialist, or speak to a gynecologist, if you haven't already... 

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  • betty February 06, 2011
    betty
    February 06, 2011

    I have tingling in one breast and I don't breastfeed and I'm not pregnant. What could this be?

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    • PJ Hamel
      February 07, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      February 07, 2011

      It could be hormonal, Betty. Could be a cyst pressing on a nerve. Could be simply a slight nerve aberration that results in a vibrating sensation... What it's unlikely to be is breast cancer, especially since you say it's in both breasts. As with any breast change, keep your eye on it; if it doesn't abate within a month - or certainly if it gets worse - you'd want to see a doctor to find out what's going on. Take care- PJH

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