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My R. breast has become inexplicably swollen. Any suggestions ?

Breast Augmentation 16 years ago, R. breast pain, swelling x 5 days I am Caucasian, 50 years old, and in relatively good health until approximately two months ago. I have had breast implants for approximately 14 years with no related issues until 5 days ago. My R. breast has become inexplicably swollen, tender to touch, intermittent throbbing (I even have difficulty wearing a bra without pain), with pain radiating straight through to the R. side of my upper back. I had a chest CT 6 days ago to rule out a pulmonary embolism due to intermittent L. leg swelling and shortness of breath I have been experiencing for two months. The PE has been thankfully ruled out. My physician has also ordered a mammogram which I will be getting next week. Wouldn t the CT show any anomalies of the R. breast? I am concerned my physician may be missing the mark here. I am in an accelerated RN program, and my doctor feels the symptoms I am experiencing are due to stress. She has prescribed Xanax. While stress can produce a myriad of symptoms such as shortness of breath, I have difficulty believing stress will also cause a swollen, R breast with pain radiating through to the R upper back. Any suggestions?
Asked On : Sat, 29 Jan 2011
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Pain Medicine & Palliative Care Specialist 's  Response
Examination by a docot is much more important than any test. Better go to any doctor. Mammogtram and MRI will be better, but CT also reveals many soft tissue propblems, specially is the radiologist injects dye. And note that cancers are ususally not painful in the beginning stage. So may be your implant has been the problem. So you must consult the doctor first
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OBGYN Dr. Rakhi Tayal's  Response
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Breast is a soft tissue. Ct shows mainly the bony abnormalities. MRI will help in detecting all soft tissue lesions also. Breast tenderness can be due to a breast abscess or a simple nipple infection also.You will have to wait for mammogram to rule out any breast pathology.
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