• julybird julybird
    October 29, 2009
    Does sharp pain in the breast and armpit signal breast cancer?
    julybird julybird
    October 29, 2009

    Ok so I woke up this morning with a puffy armpit and shooting pains and soreness on the outer side of my left breast and up into my armpit. It is very sore to the touch and my breast just feels extra heavy today even though it is not swollen. I cannot feel any lumps or swollen lymph nodes. My mom passed away in March from B cell lymphoma, all of her lymphnodes that had cancer in them (which was eventually all of them) were very painful, even though most of them you could not feel through touch or physical exam. Anyone who says that pain is not a symptom of cancer does not know what they are talking about! I watched my mom in pain through the WHOLE thing, she was in pain even before she was diagnosed. My mom was only 50 when she passed and I am only 27, and very scared of cancer. Please help if you have suggestions!

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  • PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 29, 2009
    PJ Hamel
    Health Guide
    October 29, 2009

    Hi - I'm sorry you're having to go through this stressful experience. You should be aware that your mom having passed away from lymphoma doesn't increase your risk of breast cancer, OK? I'm glad your physical went well last week - you didn't say if a mammogram was part of the process? Although these symptoms don't sound like breast cancer symptoms, perhaps you should call the doctor and describe them. S/he may want to take a look; you may have an infection and, if so, it should be treated before it gets worse. Good luck - hope you feel beter soon! PJH

     

    P.S. The symptoms you describe in your next question don't change my advice here. 

    • julybird
      October 29, 2009
      julybird
      October 29, 2009

      Thank you so much for your reply! When I had my yearly done she did a breast exam and although she did not feel anything abnormal she did say that she wanted me to do a mammogram and said she would schedule it. That has not happened so far, I'm not sure if maybe she forgot and I guess I did to. She wanted to cover all bases with my health since my mom's health problems were so vast. Oncologists have told us that the lymphoma can be hereditary, so I should be cautious. I took a shower after I sent the first question hoping the running hot water would help, it did not, but I did realze I'm far more swollen than I originally thought, the swelling is all the way from my armpit straight down to about the bottom of my breast and my whole breast is swollen. I did a self exam in the shower and didn't feel anything, but did realize pressing in some places sent shooting pains into the wall of my chest behind the breast. There still hasn't been any redness though. I guess I will call my doctor if it's not better by morning. Thank again!

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    • PJ Hamel
      October 29, 2009
      PJ Hamel
      Health Guide
      October 29, 2009

      Yes, definitely call your doctor - a swelled breast is a sign that something's going on, and you need to have it treated. Good luck - PJH

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    • julybird
      October 29, 2009
      julybird
      October 29, 2009

      Thanks again, and I will post again when I find anything out.

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