So while I am dealing with this daily pain, a new pain has arisen out of nowhere. I started having sharp, severe pain in one location consistently in my right breast. I have of course done the thing that no one should do and have googled the hell out of it. The first thing that always jumps out is cancer, but really what did I expect from the internet.
Some other legitimate options are a cyst, a clogged duct, or a pulled muscle (but I don’t feel this one is likely based on the type of pain). I have actually learned a good deal about the endless searching I have done recently. First of all there are two types of breast pain, cyclic and noncyclic.
|Cyclic breast pain||Noncyclic breast pain|
|Clearly related to the menstrual cycle||Unrelated to the menstrual cycle|
|Described as dull, heavy or aching||Described as tight, burning or sore|
|Often accompanied by breast swelling or lumpiness||Constant or intermittent|
|Usually affects both breasts, particularly the upper, outer portions, and can radiate to the underarm||Usually affects one breast, in a localized area, but may spread more diffusely across the breast|
|Intensifies during the two weeks leading up to the start of your period, then eases up afterward||Most likely to affect women after menopause|
|More likely to affect women in their 20s and 30s before menopause as well as women in their 40s who are transitioning to menopause|
Breast pain is a very common symptom for many things but when it is time to be concerned is when it lasts for more than a couple weeks, it is in one particular section of your breast, seems to be getting worse instead of improving, starts to interfere with your daily activities.
For me, I am experiencing all of the above. Now to top it off I have to add on the fear that my grandmother had breast cancer at the age of 28, and believe it or not certain genes can be passed through family members that cause breast cancer when those genes become mutated. My mom has had mammograms since she was in her 30’s, as have my sisters. Naturally I have quite a bit of concern with my centralized pain. It feels like someone is poking me with a burning, sharp poker whenever I touch or accidentally hit my breast. Over the past weeks I have poked and prodded them in a almost excessive attempt to find a lump. Thankfully I have not found anything yet.
I have an appointment tomorrow afternoon to meet with a GYN and figure out what the heck is going on. It’s just really one more pain that I don’t need right now. I will definitely keep everyone abreast of the situation.