• sadieo sadieo
    October 25, 2008
    I have what feels like a cord in my breast. Should I worry about it?
    sadieo sadieo
    October 25, 2008

    It feels like a protruding vein, with a hard pebble attached. It's painful. I've seen my doctor and he just brushed me off. Should I insist on further testing?

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 25, 2008
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 25, 2008

    This could be any number of things: possibly a blocked milk duct, or a ligament that's protruding. However, there's a good possibility it's Mondor's disease, an inflammation of a vein in the breast, typically one of the veins just under the surface. It can develop as a result of an injury or infection, or even too much exercise.

     

    Mondor's disease isn't treated; it eventually goes away on its own, though it can take several months to resolve. If this is what's causing the "cord," the pain should abate in a few weeks.

     

    Thankfully, what you describe isn't a typical breast cancer symptom; and Mondor's disease doesn't signal or lead to cancer.  But I don't think it should be brushed off, either, especially since it's stressing you. Ask your doctor to be referred to a breast specialist, so you can find out for sure what this is. After all, there's no sense worrying and stressing when you can do something to address the situation.  


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  • Py
    Py
    March 13, 2009
    Py
    Py
    March 13, 2009

    How about that? I have the SAME problem and I called the "Witness Project" which assists underinsured African American women with mammograms and breast health.

    I have never seen anything like this but it's exactly as you and the other poster described, it is painful and I'm very concerned.

    I hope you get an answer soon, if I get one I'll come back and answer.

     

    Best wishes and  powerful prayers - for everyone.

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  • Laura February 18, 2009
    Laura
    February 18, 2009
    I am a 1 1/2 yr breast cancer survivor - had DCIS, lumpectomy and 33 treatments of radiation.  About 6 months ago (at the 1 year mark), I got this "chord" that runs from my breast, through my armpit and into my bicep.  It is uncomfortable and at times painful if I reach my arm over my head.  I was told by a PA (physicians assistant) that I ran into on the breast cancer walk that it is called chording.  It is getting worse.  I am going to my surgeon for a follow up visit in a few weeks and hope to get a better answer. READ MORE
  • KJAS February 09, 2010
    KJAS
    February 09, 2010

    I have what sounds like the same thing in my armpit.  It started with one lump and now it feels like a chord with two lumps on it.  I am having a biopsy tomorrow.  I will post again when I find out what it is.

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    • PJ Hamel
      February 10, 2010
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      February 10, 2010

      Hope your results come back negative - best of luck to you. PJH

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    • indianbaby
      October 19, 2011
      indianbaby
      October 19, 2011

      I have the same exact pain in my right breast.  It feels so hard and is very painful..when I went to the doctor he told me that I had a blood clot in my vein on my right breast.. the hardening starts from my fingertips all the way up to my breast..sometimes I cannot move my arm..I am still looking for answers on why this is happening and what causes this

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    • PJ Hamel
      October 19, 2011
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      October 19, 2011

      If your primary doctor isn't able to help you - either with a better diagnosis, advice on how to treat it, or at least more information - then you need to advocate for yourself, and get another opinion. Please ask for a referral to a specialist; I'd think a hematologist (a doctor specializing in issues concerning the blood) would be your best bet. Your doctor should be able to provide you with the informaiton you need to find a hematologist, and make an appointment. Good luck - PJH

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