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ask: Sharp burning pain in my nipple/ now breast

I awoke this morning with sharp burning pain in my nipple and it has continued all day long. It isn't like the swelling or heaviness or ache of menstrual pain. Nor is it like the pains in the breast that I've experienced before and been told was due to caffiene. I don't consume very much caffiene and am only about 20 pounds overweight. My breast looks the same, I just keep getting this jabbing pain right in the tip of the nipple. If I hold my breast in my hand, it seems to ease up if not stop. If I let go or bend over, it is really bad again. I am 48 years old and had my only child at age 40. Most importantly, I can't afford and do not have health insurance so no doctor will see me. I'm kind of scared but trying not to be. I don't feel a lump or anything and no discoloration.

Actually, I wrote all of this yesterday and now today I am experiencing the pains in the left side of my breast instead of my nipple. Maybe it is just caffiene related. I hope so. Any info would be appreciated.

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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Glad to hear that you are pain-free, but the answer is definitely not wait for menopause as this just started happening to me 2 months ago and I am 2 years past my last period. If you have any further information from your doctor, please post. Thanks.

October 8, 2012 - 8:16am
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Anonymous

I have the same problem as all of you ladies here. I am 44 and I woke up with sharp pain in my left breast centered on the nipple, but inside. It has been intermittent all day and is relieved when I apply pressure to the breast. I have never had pain like this before. No discharge, discoloration, or lumps. Had mastitis once when I was breast feeding, but this is different. I am overweight by 30lbs, but I am a tall women. I drink woo much coffee probably -2 cups a day. I will be going to the doctor, but I would love to hear what others have discovered. Thank Tracyb

October 16, 2011 - 12:57pm
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Anonymous

I have the same problem as all of you ladies here. I am 44 and I woke up with sharp pain in my left breast centered on the nipple, but inside. It has been intermittent all day and is relieved when I apply pressure to the breast. I have never had pain like this before. No discharge, discoloration, or lumps. Had mastitis once when I was breast feeding, but this is different. I am overweight by 30lbs, but I am a tall women. I drink woo much coffee probably -2 cups a day. I will be going to the doctor, but I would love to hear what others have discovered. Thank Tracyb

October 16, 2011 - 12:53pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I would be interestedin whatyour doctor said. I have the same problem. On and off now for 3 years. I ahve an appointment with a doc tomorrow as this is not normal and I shouldn't have to endure it and it isn't normal. I am only 40 though. there is not any info on line! frustrating with all the breast awareness now days.

January 4, 2012 - 1:10pm
misvives HERWriter Guide

Hi Anonymous,
It is really not uncommon to have milk that still comes out of your nipple after you have a child, even years later but if you are experiencing pain, I would certainly contact your physician.

Please keep us updated.

Missie

October 16, 2011 - 11:45am
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Anonymous

im experiencing pain in the right boob. like a shooting pain, have no lumps or change in the boobs other then then pain, if i sqeeze the boob i can still get some breast milk out and my child in nearly 2 now.
i can get milk out of the crown and the actually nipple apart from 1 side of the crown which is hurting .. what could b ethe cause of that?

October 16, 2011 - 1:27am
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Anonymous

I have the same thing and im 48...i dont have insurance eather..but its scarey..i havent had a mammogram but once in and around 1998...i have gained weight i was 97 lbs back in 2003 then i got happt lol..and gained some weight now im 125..5 ft tall..no discharge eather...some times its under my arm , sometimes anywhere under my ar is always sore ...oh yeah i tlaked to a dr back in 1989 and they said its probably caffee related ..so i have my coffee in the mornings like a two 6 oz cups and water most of the day im a water drinking freak ..what do you think ? ..thanks Annette

October 12, 2011 - 4:40pm
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Anonymous

I know this is an incredibly old post, but I experience the same pains occassionally.. at times, it even radiates pain down the inside of my left arm. I found a link which might be of interest to some of you. It's rather academic, but eventually understandable with a dictionary! the link is http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK277/. Good luck.

October 1, 2011 - 6:56pm
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Anonymous

I know this is an incredibly old post, but I experience the same pains occassionally.. at times, it even radiates pain down the inside of my left arm. I found a link which might be of interest to some of you. It's rather academic, but eventually understandable with a dictionary! the link is http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK277/. Good luck.

October 1, 2011 - 6:56pm
lexanglin

It started yesterday, I'd move a certain way and I'd feel a quick sharp pain to the side and underneath my breast. I have the sensation on both the left and right side, but it is the left side that hurts the worst. When bending over the pain is at its worst, it almost feels as if my breast is tearing away from my chest, upon standing, the pain disappears. At first I thought perhaps my bra had irritated me somehow (it's an older bra I've worn many times, but underwires can on occasion cause trouble). The pain was not constant, only bothersome throughout the day if I happened to move and trigger the pain. Late evening as I was cleaning up before bed, bending and stooping would set it off, even stranger was the odd burning feeling, as if I had been touched by an iron, however my skin was not warm to the touch (like an infection can be) and there was absolutely no distinguishing marks of any kind, nothing at all to indicate injury or irritation. Self breast examination performed and nothing out of the ordinary at all. I had my husband do one as well but he felt nothing different. As I was feeling around looking to see if maybe I had been spider bitten, I realized that the area where the pain originates was somewhat numb. I could still feel the pressure of being touched, but the skin itself was completely numb (like the numbing sensation after topical Lidocaine has been heavily applied). I woke this morning and I haven't had the pain, I've tried bending to see if the hurt came back and so far it hasn't, however, it still bothers me and instinct tells me that this may happen again.My husband thought maybe I had pulled or strained a chest muscle, but I do not recall any sort of straining that would cause this.Since it is not the breast itself, but where it "attaches" to the chest, I don't believe that some of the suggested diagnosis is entirely accurate. I know that lymph nodes are in the same basic area, so of course, the thought of cancer has crossed my mind and it terrifies me. I am also enduring another physical problem - swollen feet and ankles. Could be just a coincidence and I have two separate issues happening at the same time. About once a year or so, my feet will swell up to look like water balloons, I've always suspected it was a combination of the high heat typical of California, something I ate (I suspect MSG), and more than the usual physical activity with long periods of standing or walking. I pretty much have the swollen feet problem every vacation - which is usually in a warmer climate, I've eaten local foods that are exotic to me, and I've walked all over the place. Only this time, my feet bloated almost immediately after eating Chinese food, and the burning boobs occurred later that same day. I didn't over exert myself having gone nowhere so the whole thing strikes me as odd. Jeez I think I wrote a book...sorry. I am freaking out and I want to know how and why this just Tah-dah! happened. Thanks...

August 22, 2011 - 1:10pm
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