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?
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.