I think there's enough anecdotal evidence that titanium markers do, indeed, cause pain and a bad reaction in some women. So "It never happens" isn't an acceptable response. You might consider printing out our post on titanium markers, and the reactions some women have had, and showing it to your doctor. If he continues to blow you off, ask about getting a second opinion. If he won't help, go to the social workers at your hospital, explain your problem, and ask for help - that's what they're there for, to facilitate patient relations with the medical system. Somewhere, there's a surgeon who'll remove this for you; you just have to find him/her. Don't give up; it's tough to advocate for yourself when no one seems to want to help, but keep trying. You don't want to continue to go through this pain if you can avoid it. Good luck - PJH
I had a double biopsy 4 lumps removed everything was fine 3 yrs ago now suddenly the side of my right breast feels like I have a pin sticking me from time to time could this be a marker that has moved. & what can I do.
It could be, Katherine. What you can do about it is something else again. Most doctors are reluctant to remove these markers, as they feel the risk of surgery outweighs any discomfort they may be causing. However, it's at least worth having a discussion with your doctor about this. Describe the pain, ask if it could be from the marker, and find out what else might be causing it. There may be some things you can try prior to considering surgery. Good luck - PJH
I had breast cancer surgery and they left the marker inside of my body as well. They surgon stated that they usually remove the marker, however it was no longer where they had placed it in the body. After surgery, it took me a long time to heal and it was very painful. I went back to the Breast Surgery Center and complained about the pain, but they said that it was normal. I asked if the marker could be causing this pain and they said no. I am allergic to alot of things as well, such as fresh fruit and veggies, just to name a few. I had the surgery a year ago and I still have pain as if something is sticking me,and itching.
Could be that marker is touching a nerve; or, though very rare, you could be allergic to it. I'm sorry the folks at the breast surgery center told you the marker couldn't be causing the pain, as that's just not true – it's unlikely, but not impossible.
If it really bothers you, perhaps you need a referral for a second opinion with another surgeon, to see about getting it removed. Good luck - I hope you can get this resolved. PJH