Asked by alicia
Why Would One Breast Suddenly Grow Bigger Than The Other?
One of my breasts has grown significantly bigger than the other, about a cup size larger; I've monitored this change over the course of a month, and it's not related to my menstrual cycle. This same breast is also intermittently sore, and I have a slight rash at the most swollen point of the breast. I've had an ultrasound, which was clear; however, because the breast is still swollen and misshapen, I've been referred to a breast specialist, whom I'll see in 2 weeks. I'm curious about what could possibly be causing these symptoms?
While there's a possibility this could be inflammatory breast cancer, it would be more usual for there to be a progression of symptoms in the timeframe you mention; cancer doesn't usually stand still. Also, the likelihood would be you'd have more soreness/redness.
It's possible you have an infection, but again, it seems there'd be more pain. And I think if your doctor suspected an infection, s/he would have put you on a course of antibiotics.
The ultrasound must have ruled out a cyst or cysts; so I'm wondering why your doctor didn't just go ahead with the next logical step, which would be a mammogram. You might want to ask him/her why that test wasn't ordered. I'd assume the breast specialist will use a mammogram to help diagnose what's going on, but you still might want to question your doctor about it.
We're not doctors here, and can't diagnose medical issues; we're here to offer support and advice as you go through diagnosis and treatment. Hopefully the breast specialist will be able to determine what's causing this swelling/pain, and find a way to deal with it. Best of luck to you.