I found a lump in my left breast in june and I have been keeping on eye on it ever since not change in size. But In oct I went to my gp because I do get alot breast pain. So my doc felt around asked if it hurt it did but not the same pain. But he did find the lump without me saying anything about it. So I had mammo and ultrasound. They could feel lump but not see anything. After my gp pushed around on breast that day I had the same exact pain again so it must be muscle right. Also the place where the lump is I get alot of pain there it is just below my left breast along like bra line lots of pain there. My doc said out of all the women with b-cancer only four had pain with it. So the main question is how often is there a lump that is something and they cannot see it on ultrasound or mammo but you can feel it. They recommend that I go back four months from them for another follow up with mammo and ultra. I have talked to several people and three of the them had the same thing and ended up with b-cancer. I do have an appt with specialist next week I pushed my doc about my concerns. What is your opionion on this. I also have costochronditis and where the lump is pretty close the costo rib. could that be the pain or actually breast pain.In my report they said probably benign but did discuss the possibilty that it could be something regardless of what mammo and ultra said. thanks for your time also I do get breast pain alot in left breast through out my whole breast. How can there be a lump but not seen.
Dear wmac, Breast pain is a common breast symptom. The reason for breast pain is not clearly understood, and is not usually associated with breast cancer. It is possible to have a breast lump that cannot be seen on a mammogram or ultrasound. In general, lumps that can be felt require further evaluation. If the doctor is suspicious a biopsy may be recommended. Hopefully the specialist you see will be able to clarify your situation for you.
Please see a breast specialist, they will have the best input for you. I don't think you can link breast cancer and pain or not. I have heard of every combination. If they aren't sure they can do an MRI or a biopsy.
I also have costochronditis. Before I knew I had this, I went to the Dr about breast/chest wall pain. It's really hard to tell the difference sometimes. I didn't feel a distinct lump - although I do have normally lumpy 'fibrosistic' breats. Anyway, it's good that your seeing a specialist - so you can be sure it's nothing serious.
Anyway - it took quite a long time (months) for the costochronditis to feel better - and sometimes it does act up a bit - advil/motrin really helps - and if it was cancer I don't think a pain reliever would do much good. Also, the left side is common for costo - that' where mine is located.
I also had a small lump on my right breast that wasn't seen with an ultrasound - they say if it was cancer, it would have shown up - and now I don't feel it anymore.
Good luck with your appointments - I'm sure you'll be fine.
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