• TLC TLC
    June 24, 2009
    I have a burning sensation in my left breast. Should I worry?
    TLC TLC
    June 24, 2009

    I'm 40 years old and have been experiencing a burning  sensation in my left breast on and off, and I'm very worried. I reported this to my OBGYN, and she says it's just a perimenopause symptom. Should I keep worrying about it?

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  • Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    June 24, 2009
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    June 24, 2009

    Has this sensation been off and on for a week or for months? Is the pain annoying or severe? Generally speaking off and on symptoms aren't cancer. It's good that you've checked in with your OBGYN. And it's certainly true that hormonal changes can cause pain and tenderness. However, you seem very young for perimenopause; it could be you're experiencing fibrocystic change, a benign condition that, while not dangerous, can cause symptoms such as you describe.

     

    Since this burning is just on your left side, you might want to make some notes about the frequency and duration of the pain. If your pain gets more intense or more frequent, checking back in with your own doctor or a breast specialist might be a good idea.  Has your doctor scheduled you for a baseline mammogram?  Many doctors routinely do that for women who turn 40, especially if they're having symptoms like yours. 

     

    Keep an eye out for any visual changes in your breast. If you develop swelling and or redness, this might signal an infection, and you'd want to call immediately for another appointment.  

     

    • TLC
      TLC
      June 25, 2009
      TLC
      TLC
      June 25, 2009

      The sensation normally occurs 2 weeks prior  and 2 weeks after my period, but lately my period has not been regular, then the pain is  on and off .Per my OBGYN due to premenapause.The pain is annoying but the first thing you think about is Breast Cancer.Yes I have been scheduled for a base line mamogram as well. 

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    • Phyllis Johnson
      June 25, 2009
      Phyllis Johnson
      Health Guide
      June 25, 2009

      A pain like that, which is so closely related to your cycle, is not likely to be a breast cancer symptom.  The information you get from the mammogram will also be helpful in allaying your concerns.

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    • LRBogle
      September 16, 2009
      LRBogle
      September 16, 2009

      I am experiencing the same thing.  Have you had any of your concerns answered yet?

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    • Meno Pause
      July 12, 2010
      Meno Pause
      July 12, 2010

      I have been experincing a burning sensation in my left breast for 5 weeks. I am 49. Mid way in menopause. This pain has accompanied light bleeding ... and is constant, even a hot water bottle does not relieve pain.

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    • PJ Hamel
      July 12, 2010
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      July 12, 2010

      If you're bleeding from your nipple, you should definitely see a doctor about this ASAP. If you're talking menstrual-type bleeding, then the pain could very well be a symptom of menopause. Still, since it's been going on for 5 weeks, I'd suggest you make an appointment and find out what's causing it, OK? Best of luck - PJH

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