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Q: I have a painful tingling sensation in my left nipple?

I had a Lumpectomy on my left breast in 1991. It was thankfully benign; at that time I had blood coming out of my left nipple, severe if breast was squeezed (as much blood just like when I was breast feeding. I started getting this same sensation (painful, almost burning a little, yet a feeling I would call burning, yet tingling sensation, that is sort of like a biting feeling, very tingling, not swollen, and the only was I can somewhat relieve it, I place the palm of my hand directly on my left breast, and apply some pressure. What COULD THIS BE?
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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/19/13 4:45pm

Marjorie, you don't say if you're post-menopausal or not. This kind of sensation in pre-menopausal women is often a hormonal issue; it can come and go, often in synch with a woman's period. If you're post-menopausal, though, it's less likely to be hormonal. What you describe doesn't sound like a typical breast cancer symptom, thankfully. Nevertheless, any breast change (especially when you're past menopause) should be examined and diagnosed by a doctor. So I'd suggest, if this doesn't abate in a few days, that you call and see someone, OK? Good luck - hope this simply goes away on its own soon. And in the meantime, our posts on breast pain and nipple issues might help shed some light on this. PJH

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By Marjorie Johnson, Community Member— Last Modified: 07/19/13, First Published: 07/19/13