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Stinging, piercing breast pain

Left breast pain began 3/04, lower left quadrant. No lumps found. Got pregnant; pain continued throughout pg. Breastfeeding. Mastitis at 3 mos postpartum. Antibiotics taken. All symptoms except usual breast pain gone. Baby now nearly 11 mos, and pain is sometimes severe. Stabbing, piercing, pinching, throbbing. Pain with applied pressure above areola and lowerleft quadrant. Pinpoint pain with pressing scattered over entire breast, armpit, ribs. Only tiny lymph nodes felt. Recurring lump and redness same place as mastitic lump, but baby seems to nurse it down. Occasional red patch to the side of that site; resolves. Generalized itching over entire breast. Brief relief after nursing. (decreased pressure?) Letdown reflex more tingly and painful in affected breast. Pain worsening; used to come and go, but has been continuous for past 6 wks. Continuous dull pain in upper left quadrant just entering into armpit with feeling of fullness there. Am 41 y.o. with 7 children; first born at age 18. Breastfed 6 of them for total of 13 years and continuing. No family history of reproductive cancers.
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Dear skinnyminn:  Without evaluation, it is difficult to comment on what may be related to the breastfeeding (mastitis) and what may be breast pain.  In order to sort through all of the issues, we recommend that you see a medical breast specialist.  These are experts that are usually associated with large academic medical centers and would be best equipped to evaluate your situation and make appropriate assessment and recommendations.
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