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    What causes stabbing pain in the left breast?

Posted on Mon, 24 Jul 2017 in Lump
Question: Hi - yesterday morning I woke up with a stabbing pain in my left breast. It has persisted but doesn't prevented me from normal activity. I don't experience it when I'm lying on my back or right side, for example. It's not worse when I'm walking around or running up and down stairs either. When I take a deep breath, however, it results in a stabbing pain that I experience in the left nipple and the outer left side of my left breast. Two weeks ago I had a routing mammogram and breast ultrasound which showed everything to be perfect. I'm 67 years old.
Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 45 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Likely costochondral pain referred to breast ,provide further inputs please

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear
Thanks for using Healthcaremagic.com
I have evaluated your query thoroughly .

* Likely to be costochondral pain referred to breast .

Kindly provide more details so that I can answer your query completely .

1. Pain - duration in each episode , radiation anywhere , relieved by tylenol or not
2. Any changes in nipple or breast skin
3. Other symptoms as perspiration , inadequate breath , cough , fever
4. Any other medicines than thyroid issue like for mitral valve
5. History of any type of trauma

Awaiting for your response .

Regards .

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 5 hours later

Thank you for your response. In answer to your questions:
1. Pain is noticeable usually when I change position - so strictly speaking there are no episodes - just times when it's not noticeable at all and times when it is. It's confined to the left breast, particularly the outer wall of the breast. It doesn't radiate to any other part of the chest area. Tylenol definitely reduces the discomfort.

2. No changes in nipple or breast skin.

3. No other symptoms

4.No medications other than synthroid

5. No history of trauma.

Thank you

Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 8 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Muscular or skeletal pain.Recommendations provided in details .

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for all the details .

* With further information , it is sure to be muscular or skeletal related issue .

* Guidelines for better recovery

- Alternate application of heating pad and ice pack each for 5 minutes
duration every 5 - 6 hourly .
- Tylenol 8 hourly after meals .
- Avoid sleeping left sided .
- Local application of analgesic spray or ligament will help faster recovery .
- Follow above instructions for 3 - 4 days , maintain discomfort level chart
improvement indicates further continuation in accordance of recovery ;
if pain persist should take x-ray of the chest .

Hope this will help you .
Wishing you fine recovery from the same .
Regards dear take care .
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
Follow up: Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 33 minutes later
Thank you Dr. XXXXXXX

I will follow your advice.


Answered by Dr. Bhagyesh V. Patel 6 hours later
Brief Answer:
Sure XXXXXXX . Always welcome dear .

Detailed Answer:

Hoping & praying for earliest recovery .
Always happy to help you .

Can ask any further questions if there , otherwise can rate the answer according to
my concern for your case & kindly close the discussion .

Regards .
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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