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Burning in breast

Hello, I am new to this site and have a question. I have been experiencing a very painful, burning sensation in an area of my breast, about 1/2 way between my arm pit and breast. I don't feel any lumps, per se.  What I feel may be just tissue, etc.  The pain/burn feels deep. Has anyone experienced this?

I have just had an ovary and cyst removed and am wondering if it is due to the surgery last week.  Am seeing the Dr. for a follow to that and will ask him the same question but I've notice that the women on the ovarian site are so helpful that I thought I'd seek you out, as well.

Thank you and take care,
L
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Dear L:  Pain in the breast is common and there are many possible explanations.  If you have recently had a laparoscopic surgery, the gases used to expand the abdomen can sometimes cause pain in the shoulder and other areas of the body.  It is appropriate to point this out to your doctor.  He may be able to evaluate, offer expanation and/or recommend further evaluation if needed.  


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I have been having really bad pain in left breast.  Had a mamogram (mammogram) and they found a cluster of micro calcifications; I had more mamo films done, then a biopsy.  The four "core" samples came back negative.  It has been four months since that time.  I have been back twice to the doctor who said he did not feel that any other tests of any kind were necessary because the biopsy came back OK.  Just some fibrosistic changes he said.  Told me to stop worrying and try a topical cream!  I understand that this can be painful, but mine keeps getting worse and worse.  I feel that perhaps I should go see another doctor for another opinion.  Could they have missed something?  Should I wait until January when my six-month mamogram (mammogram) is scheduled again?  Two months is a long time to be in pain and, what if something else is the problem?  Any help out there?!!
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Hi!  I myself have a breast infection (so far anyway...still going for more test's)  I looked through many online resources (being that I couldn't understand how I could get this infection)  I found that if there is changes in hormones your breasts can react and fluid production can begin.  They named a few like thyroid, cyst on pituatary etc.  I would assume that after an operation such as your's it could cause your hormones to go off balance.  From what I read your ducts can become clogged and an infection can form.  When this all began for me I had burning and pain from the armpit to the side of the breast.  I felt as though something was wrong so I showered and then put hot compresses on the breast, especially where the pain is.  cleaned the nipple with alcohal (alcohol) and then squeezed to see if something came out.  Wound up being an infection.  You might want to try this to see if anything comes out.  And, I would call my doc asap...If you can get any fluid out he/she can send it out to be analyzed and give you meds.  The sooner the better.  Please let me know how everything goes...Good luck..

Dahrma
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Hi Dahrma, thank you for replying. I went for my post op today and my doctor seemed concerned about what I described.  He did a breast exam and didn't feel anything.  I have tenderness in the armpit going down to the side of the breast, just as you described.  I will try the hot compress to see what happens.  I am playing the waiting game now.  If the pain is still there in a month, through my next cycle, I will have a diagnostic mamogram (mammogram) done. I don't have a fever or anything. Did you?
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Hi Dahrma, Well, I just posted something and it isn't showing up so I'll try to duplicate what I just wrote.

Thank you for your reply. I saw my doctor for my follow up to surgery last week.  He seemed concerned about the decription of symptoms and did a breast exam.  He didn't feel anything. I have the pain in the armpit going towards my breast, just as you wrote. I am playing a waiting game now. If the pain persists through my next cycle then I'll have a diagnostic mamogram (mammogram). I will try the heat compress to see what happens.

Again, thank you!
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I would get another opinion. However, you should be getting a 6 month mammo after your biopsy, right? So just 2 more months to wait? Being sent home and told not to worry is bunk in my book...at the very least they could do a quick mammo. Another possibility for the pain is that a nerve was hit during the biopsy. That can take a long time to heal...just a thought.
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Hi Cirella....good thing you went and checked.  My doc didn't find any lumps eithier, but I still had infection.  I ran low grade fevers for approx. 2-3 mons.  Not only from breasts though, I also had the flu for a few weeks.  I seemed to have the low garde temps when on antibiotics.  Since I have been off prescriptions my temp is slightly lower then normal.  Good luck with everything.  Please let us know what happens...

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Ladies - I too am experiencing burning in my right breast with the pain just under my arm and along my rib cage.   I have had this for 5 weeks.  Sometimes I just want to strip off my shirt and bra because the touch of any clothing or even my arm is painful.   I also have problems sleeping an most often end up sleeping in my chair with a pillow on my side to help cushion or help releave the pain.

I am scheduled to see my OBGYN tomorrow.  I too had just been in to see my DR and said you look good.  Now I want to share with you that I am 38 and have been through quit a bit in the last 5yrs.

In Dec of 2001 I had alot of pain in my lower back which ended up me have endrometriosis ( stage 4 ) then on Feb 14, 2002 I had a hystorectomy.   In the same year September I had surgery to have my gallbladder taken out.   January of 2003 I had to have surgery for adhessions.   That same year July another surgery.  All in all I have had 5 surgerys for adhessions.  One in which they had to open me up because there were so many.

I am not sure if this has anything to do with what is happening since I have had a hystorectomy, who knows.   Our bodys can take alot but you just have to wonder how much.

So tomorrow we will see what the Doc has to say.  If he tells me what some of your Doc's have, I'm not sure what I will do.  It is appearant that the pain is real as we all know.  I will let you know soon.

Amilyn
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Thanks for sharing your story. I will be thinking about you and wishing you the best.
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