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ask: I Want To Be Sure

By Melissa6666
 
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Hi, I have a kind of issue going on and I'm seeing my doctor for this in a week, meanwhile something is bothering me and I want to be sure about it so I can mention it to my doctor. I feel something in my breast which is painful and my breast is very dense, tender and sore. I know through ultrasounds, etc. it's hard to see what's going on since my breast is dense.

The other issue I have is I have sciatica and it's been a couple of weeks I'm having a lot of pain because of this and I'm dealing a lot of stuff because of this issue. My sciatica pain has become worse and I have pain coming from my left breast all the way down to my left leg. I'm in a very in between position because of this issue and I have the right doctors helping me for all these.

The main thing I want to be sure from here is because of the pain I have in my left breast feeling thatI feel something is there and having this sciatica pain, I feel like a nerve pain is pressing and pinching in my breast and if there is a cyst or something it's double the pain for me. It's a really horrible pain and feeling though. I want to know such pain because of nerve pain and if there is a cyst or something pressing me somewhere causing me such pain , what test would be best to be able to actually see what's going on, I heard Breast MRI is good, I want to know do you think this is a good imaging test in my situation? I want to be sure I'm saying the right way to my doctor.

Thank You,
Melissa

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Maryann Gromisch RN Guide

Hello Melissa,

I am so sorry to hear that you are experiencing so much pain.

Sciatica refers to pain caused by compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks and down each leg. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the body.

To determine the cause of the pain in your breast, your physician may begin with a breast exam. A mammogram, a breast ultrasound or a MRI may be ordered. If a suspicious mass is visualized, a breast biopsy may be the next step.

Please keep us updated following your appointment.

Regards,
Maryann

April 25, 2014 - 5:21pm
Melissa6666 (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for letting me know. I'm not sure if I explained clearly though, such pain I have in the breast and having pain from sciatica, my pain started coming from my left breast all the way down to my left leg. Since I have pain in my breast and having this sciatica pain starting from my breast and down to my leg the thing here for me is, this pain I have in my breast feels like something keeps pressing and pinching me there and if I have a cyst or something there it might be squeezing me causing me to have such horrible pain like this. I hope you know what I mean from here. I feel like a nerve is pressing on a cyst, nodule etc. making me to have such pain like this. Could this be possible? Depend what my doctor orders do you think any imaging test can show my whole breasts nerves if they are pinched or something, not just cysts, etc.?

Thanks,
Melissa

April 25, 2014 - 7:57pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Melissa6666)

Hi Melissa,

I don't think you understand. Sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve, which as I told you is located in the lower part of your body. It cannot be the cause of your breast pain.

Again, a mammogram and a breast ultrasound will show any abnormalities, such as a mass or cyst. No, a diagnostic test will not show the nerves in your breast.

Regards,
Maryann

April 28, 2014 - 5:13pm
Melissa6666 (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you for letting me know. I keep feeling like something is pinching in my breast which is painful. I want to know which is the right way to say this because I'm seeing my doctor for this next week and I want to know which is the right way for explaining this?
Thanks,
Melissa

April 29, 2014 - 11:47am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Melissa6666)

Hi Melissa,

When you have your appointment with your doctor next week, tell him what the pain feels like, where you are feeling the pain, when it started, if it is persistent and constant or if it comes and goes. Tell him if any activity makes the pain worse or gives you some relief. Rate the pain on a scale from 1 to ten, with one being no pain, 5 being bearable pain, and 10 being unbearable pain. All this information will be helpful to him. He will probably do a breast exam and order a diagnostic test.

Please keep us updated.
Regards,
Maryann

April 29, 2014 - 4:25pm
Melissa6666 (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

okay thank you for your reply. I will definitely tell him the things you're telling me.
Thanks,
Melissa

April 29, 2014 - 6:30pm
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