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Sharp needle like pain in and around left nipple

By Anonymous May 7, 2015 - 8:44am
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I am having sharp needle like pain in and around my left nipple. I am 21 years old. I read on the forum that it could be due to hormonal changes, but I have perfectly fine menstural cycle (5 days, with a gap of about 27-32 days). The pain began a week after my periods. I also read it could be due to pregnancy but I have never even had an intercourse. It is really worrying me, please help! :(

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER. The amount of information available on the internet can be helpful, overwhelming, confusing and at time conflicting. If the pain persists or worsens, you best bet is to consult a physician.

Nipple pain can result from mild physical surface abrasion from such activities as engaging in physical activity, such as exercise or jogging without a bra, wearing a poorly fitted bra, or participating in any activity that produces friction on the skin of the breast.

Ordinary soreness from surface abrasions should clear up within a few days.

Nipple pain can also be caused by specific disorders, particularly inflammatory disorders. Both mastitis, which is an infection and inflammation of the ducts of the breast, and breast abscess, which is a collection of pus located in a specific area, can result in nipple pain.

Inflammatory conditions will medical attention. Seek prompt medical care if you experience any of the following symptoms: excessive cracking or open wounds on the surface of the nipple or areola, heat or redness in the nipple, breast tissues, or on the breast surface, nipple or breast pain on one side only, fever or chills; new, unusual, or changing lumps in the breast, nipple abscess or nipple discharge, especially a brown or bloody discharge; or bleeding from the nipple.

I hope this helps.


May 7, 2015 - 9:26am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thanks a lot for your reply.
I cannot see any abrasion, can it be internal?
And please tell me if anything can be done to reduce the pain, it is really hurting me.

May 7, 2015 - 9:41am
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Hi Anonymous,

If you do not think the pain resulted from friction, such as wearing a ill-fitting bra, then it caused be inflammation. Only physical evaluation by a physician can determine that. Once you know the cause, then treatment can be suggested.

Try going without a bra and see if that helps.


May 7, 2015 - 9:54am
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