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breast pain w/ no history of cancer

symptoms sound very much like phantom breast pain, however there is no history of breast cancer and there have been regular breast exams for this 47 year old female...

there is also a pulling,pinching,tingling sensation under the arm-pits...all this occuring only on one side

what could be going on?  Drs have been coming up empty in trying to explain/eliminate this problem...(it has been suggested that "pain" like this may be related to lime disease...?)
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Dear vhf, Breast pain is a common breast symptom.  The reason for breast pain is not clearly understood, and is not usually associated with breast cancer.  Breast pain is sometimes associated with hormonal variations and is then called cyclical breast pain.  Noncyclical breast pain does not seem to be linked to hormonal variations and is often localized to one area of the breast tissue.  Noncyclical breast pain may or may not be the result of an injury to the breast.

Breast pain is evaluated based on the history of the pain you would give to the health care professional, as well as a physical examination.  The need for further testing would be determined based on the above findings.  Some recommendations for treatment of breast pain involve simple comfort measures such as a supportive or exercise bra, or application of warm or cold packs.  Caffeine avoidance, limit salt intake and reduction of dietary fat may also help.  

Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria that is contracted by a tick bite.  Diagnosis of lyme disease would be based on symptoms (most often presents with a characteristic "bull's-eye" rash, increasing redness at the site, accompanied by nonspecific symptoms such as fever, malaise, fatigue, headache, muscle aches, and joint aches) This put together with the possibility of exposure to tick bite.  
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