I Have What Feels Like A Cord In My Breast. Should I Worry About It?

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Asked by sadieo

I Have What Feels Like A Cord In My Breast. Should I Worry About It?

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?

Answer

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.

Answered by PJ Hamel