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stringy things on side of breast

Hi - i am 55 yrs old - full menopause - taking no hormones. I have recently noticed 3 " strings"  under  the outer lower edge of my right hand breast if i lift it up. They seem to go into the breast and 1 radiates downwards to about the level of my ribcage. They are not painful - just slightly tender - and i feel a pulling sensation. There are no glands up under my arm. I have had a mammogram and an ultrasound with clear results but no one can tell me what they are and what has caused them? I like to know what is going on with my body!!!! Could it be from too tight a bra causing constriction to lymph drainage?   Any ideas???
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587083 tn?1327123862
Glad to know that your mammogram and Ultrasound report were negative for cancer.
What you have sounds like "Mondor's"disease which is a rare benign disorder of the breast.It is a thrombophlebitis of the superficial veins of the breast.It may occur from trauma such as breast surgery, wearing very tight clothes, infection, inflammation....
It presents as a cord like under the skin.The healing could take up to 12 weeks or longer to go away altogether.I had the same condition after my breast surgery...It lasted for only a few weeks and later disappeared.  
Treatment usually consists in applying warm, moist compresses,gently massaging the breast,wearing a good supportive bra (Not too tight)and if you have pain,you could take an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen).
Resting the arm on the affected side will help to heal faster.
If the condition persists too long,you could consult a breast specialist to see if further investigation is needed.
For more information concerning this condition,please copy and paste the link below.
Best wishes..
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Thank you for that info - i have looked up "Mondor's" Disease and yes i am pretty sure that's what it is. My concern however is that my Daughter aged 25 has been diagnosed with Budd Chiari. She is now stable on meds but i am just wondering if perhaps i have the same blood condition( low protein c and raised protein s) which is possibly why this is happening to me??  
587083 tn?1327123862
Hi again.
From what you described in your first post,in my opinion, your symptom sounds more like "Mondor" disease.
Budd Chiari syndrome would present as swelling of the abdomen from fluid build-up (ascites), pain on the right side of the abdomen,vomiting blood and yellowing of the skin.
We in this Forum, are not doctors but volunteer members dealing the best way we can,only with breast cancer issues.Therefore,we cannot know what's going on for sure, unless a professional medical opinion is given to patients regarding any health problem.
If you have any doubt concerning your condition, I think the best thing to do is to ask your doctor if you need to have tests such as liver function test, ultrasound of the liver,CT scan or MRI of the abdomen to know for sure if you have the same syndrome as your daughter has.
Wishing you all the best...
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