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Sunday, July 26, 2009 summer, Community Member, asks

Q: will a breast lump above the nipple also cause a slight burning or pulling type pain

will a breast lump above the nipple also cause a slight almost constant pulling and low level burning sensation near the arm pit area as well?

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/26/09 6:20pm

The lump and the burning/pain could be connected. But the bigger issue is, if you have a breast lump, you need to see a doctor. (S)he can decide if the pain and the lump are symptoms of the same issue; but if this is a new lump you've discovered, and it doesn't disappear over the course of your menstrual cycle - then see a doctor, OK? Good luck - PJH

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summer, Community Member
7/26/09 7:27pm

I am 46 yrs. old and am still in perimenopause. I will be seeing the Dr. in the near future due to a lapse in Ins. This lump which feels firm but can move back & forth when I push on it (seems like the tissue is helping it move some) is not near my bone at all and is located just above my nipple on top... this lump came up over night and is very close to the skin, very easy to feel. It really doesn't hurt at all, but when messed with, as I keep checking it, it does become a little bothersome. Now up higher on my chest same side seems kind of sore all the time and this slight burning pulling feeling radiates up a little higher towards my under arm area, but not my arm pit. I feel no other lumps or bumps but the constant warm pull feeling up higher than the lump is bothersome. I am more comfortable with out my bra on due to this.  Please let me know your thoughts on my symptoms as it is the only thing right now I have to go on until I can see the Dr. Thanks. P.S. I have been very hormonal for 2 years now.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/26/09 8:22pm

It might be a cyst; take a look at our post on fibrocystic change, see if it describes at all what you might be feeling. Nevertheless, you really should get it checked. Maybe you should ask the folks at your hospital if they have an suggestions for someone who feels a breast lump, and doesn't have insurance. They surely understand the importance of getitng breast lumps checked. PLEASE don't wait more than a few weeks, OK? PJH

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summer, Community Member
7/26/09 9:11pm

Thank you for responding so quickly to my question. I'm going to try to see a Dr. soon. So there is a good chance that this burning sensation could just be from something like a cyst then, right? Thanks again.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/26/09 9:21pm

Yes, generally speaking, breast cancer doesn't cause pain. Please read our post on breast pain to see what else might be causing this. I'd be more concerned about the lump, but if it came up suddenly, it might disappear just as suddenly... if not, as I said, gt it checked, one way or another. Ask your hospital about free mammograms; if they can't help you, take a look here. You might not qualify, but it's worth checking - PJH

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Rhonda, Community Member
2/11/11 1:11am

Your letter is exactly what i am going through...i feel like im reading my own story...Im 49 years old and having the same exact problem...have no insurance, same exact symtoms and it just blows me away...I did find emergency insurance at Valley Medical...and everything will be paid for...so there is insurance to look into...I wish you the best. I am so happy to find your letter it relieved alot of my stress...I have had this lump for almost a month now. Just waiting to see a  Dr. is the worst....Good luck to you...Rhonda

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
2/11/11 5:50am

I'm glad you were able to get insurance.  Keep in mind that most breast lumps are not cancer, but do go ahead and see the doctor as soon as possible.  Let us know what you find out.  I hope you get good news.

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By summer, Community Member— Last Modified: 02/11/11, First Published: 07/26/09