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Sunday, January 03, 2010 Maruchan, Community Member, asks

Q: sharp and constant pain in left breast

About a month ago I started noticing my left breast being more sensitive than usual, but I didn't pay too much attention. A couple of weeks ago a little touch would hurt me a lot and the sharp pain would last a minute or two. It's only my left breast, under the nipple or aroud that area and I'm concerned that It might be something bad, because now for no reason it just hurts constantly without any contact whatsoever and the pain is not going away. Is this sharp pain normal? What might this indicate?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/ 3/10 10:15pm

Sharp pain and discomfort like this isn't normal; and there's no telling if its source is something to worry about, or simply to put up with till it passes. Since it's getting worse, you should definitely see a doctor; s/he will be able to do the diagnostic tests that will tell you what this is, and how to treat it. MOST breast pain isn't cancer, but rather is hormonal; still, you do need to rule cancer out. Good luck - PJH

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Maruchan, Community Member
1/ 4/10 2:13pm

Thank you for your information.  This is very helpful, especially the possibility that this could be hormonal helps me to worry a little less, and I will definitely go get it checked out in the mean time so I can rule out cancer or anything major as you said.  Thanks for your time and expertise!

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/ 4/10 6:10am

I agree with PJ.  Because this is getting worse, not better, you definitely need to see your doctor.  Your doctor may know right away what is causing the pain, but if not, be persistent in getting imaging tests like an ultrasound and/or mammogram to get more information.

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Maruchan, Community Member
1/ 4/10 2:14pm

Thanks for your advice!  I will have to be persistent as you said with getting those tests until some conclusion has been reached.  I appreciate your expert opinion!  In fact I am going to call my doctor now.  Thanks again, and have a Happy New Year!

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/ 5/10 5:54am

Glad to be of help.  Let us know what you find out.  We always learn something new from patients' experiences.  Best wishes for a good outcome!

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By Maruchan, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 01/03/10