Post # 1
Has anyone had these and what do they feel like? Did they hurt?
I have a strong family history of breast cancer and for years my doctors have been monitoring a fibrous area of my breast that looks like a lump but was actually determined to be a bunch of breast tissue clumped together. Today the clump of tissue randomly caused me pain. I felt the area and noticed that the clump seemed harder than usual. In fact, I couldn’t actually feel it before (just saw it on a mammogram) but now I definitely feel it and it hurts when I touch it. Even as I sit here not touching it I am feeling a vague ache in that area and in my arm which I am attributing to having messed with it earlier. I had a fibrous lump in a different area before and did not have this kind of pain. I know I need to see a doctor – I have a mammogram and ultrasound set for this week and will be seeing a breast surgeon to get the lump biopsied because my family history warrants such precautionary measures.
Since I’ve never had a cyst before, I am just asking what they feel like to the touch and if they caused you pain. I am also wondering if anyone has ever had a clump of normal tissue that somehow turned into a cyst. Thanks
Post # 3
I have breast cysts and I notice them around my time of the month. They normally hurt for like a day and then go away. Mine show up around when my monthly about to start and I call it my “warning sign”. LOL!
Breast cysts are usually benign and I’ve never had a doctor who has ever had concern about them. Unfortunately the only thing you can do with breast cyst is wait until they go away on their own or if it is a crazy amount a pain (I mean SERIOUS AMOUNT) you can have them drained. Your doctor can help you determine if it is something worth getting removed since your family has a history of breast cancer, but a lot of times it really is not necessary.
Here is some information about them:
I hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 4
@mseagles: I had a fluid-filled cyst on my right breast right above my nipple. I found it while doing a self-breast exam in the shower. It felt firm, round, and it moved if I pressed it. It was about the size of a small grape. It eventually started to ache on and off and it felt like it was putting pressure on my breast tissue.
My gynecologist referred me to a surgeon and ordered an ultrasound. The surgeon then saw me to discuss the u/s results and did an exam of my breasts. He actually found a second lump that I wasn’t aware on the right side. He determined that the first lump was a cyst and wanted to investigate the second one further so I had to come back for another u/s.
At that appointment, they numbed me up, aspirated (drained) the cyst and performed a core needle biopsy on the second lump.
The fluid from the cyst was tested and benign and the second lump was a fibroadenoma which is a non-cancerous breast tumor and requires no treatment. I was told that the cyst may come back and does not need treatment unless it gets really large or causes discomfort.
Post # 5
I had a fibroadenoma in one of my breasts back in college. When I first found it (I was 20), the doctor sent me for an ultrasound because he didn’t want to expose me to unnecessary radiation for a mammogram. Got the ultrasound, and they planned to just watch it and wait because it wasn’t very large or painful.
Following that, I went for a follow-up 6 months later and it had grown a bit in size. The doctor sent me to get a needle biopsy. I had it biopsied and they determined it was indeed a benign fibroadenoma. Since then it has significantly reduced in size and I no longer notice it. Before the biopsy, I thought it was causing some discomfort and pain at times.
Post # 6
Ooooh, yeah. Mine are basically sacks of cysts. I don’t even know what my cup size would be without them, lol. My first gynecologist (after my OB and after my pregnancy was well done with) told me that my breasts are riddled with cysts. They constantly give me extra sensitivity and are extremely painful if touched, even just slightly. I’m told it’s normal. For the record, I too come from a family of past breast cancer, so hearing “Oh that’s normal!” is never as reassuring as it probably should be.
Post # 7
i had a cyst on my left side. it would come and go depending on where i was in my cycle. it would always make an appearance about a week before my period (and it would hurt), then once i’d start my period it would start shrinking back down again. i didn’t have any tests or ultrasounds or anything. my doctor just felt it and said that since it was moveable, i didn’t need to worry. when i went on birth control for a while, it stopped coming back and i haven’t been on anything for the last 5 years and it still hasn’t come back.
Post # 8
@mseagles: i have them a lot. under my breasts. they hurt when they are really under the skin. i usually try and drain them (ewww). i asked my obgyn about it. she sampled it but i don’t think it really turned any results. she said just to keep the area clean. i have a larger chest, so that may worsen them (sweat – ew, again).