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ask: I have a sharp needle like pain in my left nipple. What could it be please?

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Hey im a 17 year old girl who has been getting sharp pain in my nipple on the left breast. And it only happened every now and then. What does this mean ?

February 10, 2015 - 7:49pm
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Hey, I am 27, no kids, had a hysterectomy at 24 due to extreme endometriosis and adenomyosis. I felt great for awhile. I have fibromyalgia, neurapothy, spondylosis and of course hypothyroidism. I went to an Urgent care while out of town in February of 14 with extreme Breast pain (left) and pain in armpit. First mammogram and ultrasound found 1 small benign looking lesion about 2 by 3mm and it showed a lymph node under my arm. They said retest in 6 months. Pain got worse, including discharge in right nipple only while pain was in left with horrible sharp pains in left nipple. Nipple pain seems to happen whenever it is erect. I have a strong history of cancer in family, I was taking care of mother with triple negative Breast cancer when it started. I have since had 2 more ultrasounds and an MRI. The second after 6 months it had grown to 3 by 4mm the third 4mm and the Mri showed same plus second one at 5mm 3.8cm from my nipple. I have seen my gyno and a general surgeon who was supposed to get a biopsy and instead told me it's no big deal we will retest in another 6 months. I asked if maybe he could aspirate the one known cyst to get pain down and he said there was no need. Nice way to say it, he had no bedside manners. I was told those could not cause pain that I was experiencing normal Breast pain. This is by no means normal. Does anyone have any idea where I should go from here? I've been dealing with for almost a year now. Anything and everything helps! Thanks for listening.

November 2, 2014 - 2:30am
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Hi im a 19 year old female who for the past 2 days have been having stabbing pains in my right nipple. (it's on and off through out the day)

It's been 8 days since i've started taking the pill (to stop my period), I also got my period today.

I know its normal to have tenderness when it comes to your period, but i dont recall any other time having a stabbing pain in my nipple and is just wondering if i have anything to fear or not.

October 19, 2014 - 3:54am
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I have a needle pain in my left breast as well, im 27 year old what could be the cause of that?

August 19, 2014 - 12:49am
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hi..I am a 38 yr old woman and am happily married with a teenage daughter.Just recently i have had sharp needle like pain in my left breast that is unbearable and i seem to cant lie on them.For days i have not been getting a good night sleep and this is really getting worse.My left nipple became very itchy and a day after i realised that my left breast was numb.I really need some help because i had gone to the hospital and they gave me some tablets which really didnt do much but caused alot of discomfort...Today i noticed a lump on my left side under my underarm.HELP PLEASE!!???

August 9, 2011 - 8:08am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Thank you for your post!

Anytime you find a lump you need to call your doctor to have it examined. Most lumps are harmless but they ALL must be checked out either way.

Please call your doctor for an appointment and update us!


August 9, 2011 - 8:51am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thanks for your question! We need more information from you - how old are you? How long has this been going on? Have you noticed anything other than the pain? Is it there all the time or just now and again? Are you doing anything in particular when the pain happen? Exercising? Sleeping? Lying or sitting a particular way?

Your question is actually quite common here on EmpowHER. Take a look at these threads and read it carefully and tell us what you think -


Let me know what you think!


January 21, 2011 - 1:16pm
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Anonymous (reply to Susan Cody)

Dear Susan, The other information I can offer is regarding the continued query to my nipple pain is..... I am a 48 year old female. I had a beautiful daughter when I was 40 by C section and never breast fed through choice. I do not take any contraception
( oral ) and my partner and I have painfree active sex life. I am healthy, I carry out gentle exercise and walk rather than anything to energetic. I have started skipping a period so one every two months, this has been for about the last 8 months. I do nothing unusual before this pain starts and it has been only really the last week it has started and in that not all day and not everyday. It is only in the one breast. ( left ) I am right handed.
Hope this helps? Appreciate your responce as soon as poss as a bit worried. Thank you. Katie

January 22, 2011 - 6:04am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Katie

Thanks for your update. Congratulations on your daughter!

It sounds like you are entering either perimenopause or menopause itself with skipped periods and changes in your hormonal makeup. This may also account for the nipple pain. Your best bet is a visit to the doctor for testing - namely your hormones. You'll know by these tests whether you're heading toward menopause.

Obviously let your doctor know about your nipple pain. She will probably do a physical exam to look for discharge, or any small lumps or anything unusual. This is a standard test so nothing to worry about! Your doctor (go to your gynecologist rather than a general physician) can advise you further from there. There are too many variables for us to be able to give you further ideas on what may be going on.

Did you read the links I sent you, from other women with the same kind of pain? Did you find any information there that could help you?

January 24, 2011 - 12:19pm
boofsmom (reply to Susan Cody)

I read your answers here, and want to ask a couple questions. My pain is very similar. I am 43. I had a daughter at 21 (normal birth), and a son at 37 (emergency c-section). I take b/c pills continuously for endometriosis (no periods for about 10 years, except when we were trying to get pregnant, which took less than 6 months). No discharge, no injury, nothing. Pain is usually in the left breast, but sometimes in the right. If my son accidentally pushes on me, my breasts are incredibly painful - I almost scream. Both pains have been occurring for sometime, at least 2 years. I have talked to my doctor, and had hormone tests, but nothing. I was also a VERY late bloomer (first period at 16), so I don't see any menopause for a few years yet, although I know I could be wrong. Could my pain be from my fibromyalgia? That pain tends to be less sharp, more achy, than my nipple pain. Any clues would be helpful!

November 17, 2011 - 12:26am
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