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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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I'm 15 years old, and have the same problem. On and off throughout the day, or once a week, to a month. Yet, it's getting so much more worse. It hurts so bad that I'll stop everything I'm doing to calm myself down, because I'm scared I will flip out. I have felt it all day today to the point that I stopped what I was doing to look on the internet. I do not have any lumps or discoloration. The pain is always in my left breast near the nipple, in the inside. I need to know why this is happening. I don't have a lot of coffee or soda because I don't like them. So.... And I take vitamins, so I don't know why this is happening. Please help.

August 17, 2013 - 12:23pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

hey did you ever find out what it was?

January 27, 2014 - 8:38am
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November 7, 2012 - 3:49pm
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im having breast pain since past 1 month (in both the breasts) is like sometimes there and sometimes not there....then since past 1 week at times there is this burning sensation in my breast (right), more so in the nipple area. Around 15 days back i visited a doctor who tested my prolactin and it is 15.5 and has suggested Evening Primrose oil and painkillers if reqd. Since last night the burning sensation is pricking, please suggest me what next to do? very scared and worried

October 31, 2012 - 8:40am
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Im 24 i have thyroid problems and i have recently been having the burning sensation in my left nipple. It burns so bad i cant take it. I cant stand for anything to touch it. While in the bathroom i got the led tooth mirror thing my bf loves and used the light to see if i could notice anything. I saw this very small black hair.... curious i found tweezers and pulled it from the center of my nipple it was about an inch long, very thin and as soon as it was out i felt the pain ebb a little. I then tried to look at said area and with the slightest pressure it started to spiral out white puss like squeezing gel from a tube. It hurt like hell but when i was done getting it all out it felt so much better. Disgusting i know but maybe its not always a disease or a medical situation. Dunno if this will help anyone but you never know.

October 28, 2012 - 3:44am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

This has happened twice in my life so far. The hair in the hole of the nipple. Both times I got an random onset burning nipple, itchy breast with no other reason for it (not pregnant, not my cycle, etc). The first time I figured it out right away because the hair (it was my dogs hair must have been stuck in my bra or something) was sticking half out. The pain went away as soon as I pulled it out. The 2nd time was this morning actually (went hunting online to see if this has ever happened to anyone else) but I took a good close look and saw the finest hair. Pulled it thinking it was just a fuzzy and sure enough another little piece of hair came out and pain went away. This time it looked like an eye lash. So strange how hair can find it's way into a tiny nipple hole but it does happen!

June 20, 2014 - 7:47am
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Hello "All,"
I have had that same burning, nipple pain off and on for forty years. I went through all kinds of medical tests, and nothing was found. My doctor decided that it was due to something consumed (food or drink-maybe caffine) that stimulated the mammary gland. The mammary gland on that breast may be more sensitive for some unknown reason. I quit being concerned about it. I'm 66 and still alive and healthy. Hope this helps someone...

October 10, 2012 - 5:11pm
Janie Teague-Urbach (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you so much for writing that. I am 65 and i just started having a sharp pain on again and off again in my left nipple. No pus so far and no other symptoms..though someimes that breast itches. Sometimes it seems to go away, or sometimes just subsides so that i only feel it if something rubs it. Anyway, it was heartening to hear that someone has these symptoms and it's not NECESSARILY bad. If i get any leaking or other symptoms, or it gets worse, I'll go get checked. Recently had a good mammogram.

April 5, 2013 - 9:07pm
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Anonymous (reply to Janie Teague-Urbach)

Hi Janie...a year later, did anything transpire from your sharp nipple pain? I'm 60 and just started having this, left side as well. Just curious if it ever led to anything serious or if it went away. I don't have a doctor I trust, so posting my inquiry here is one step either way. Thanks in advance for your reply.

April 19, 2014 - 3:31pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Thank you Anonymous, for taking time to write your reply. It's very easy to panic at anything even slightly suspicious with our breasts given the (sometimes but sometimes not warranted) hysteria around breast cancer. I am 40 and I do have a small burning sensation on my nipple, but even though it's sent me here .. innately I feel it's nothing serious ... perhaps more serious is the fear that it invokes.
Anyhow it was heartening to read your reply here .... you didn't have to write it, but you did and I'm glad. I hope all is still well with you - and that whatever my issue is will resolve itself too .... I wouldn't know how else to be any healthier anyhow, I live the best I know how to my (well researched)
Michelle :)

November 14, 2012 - 2:36am
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