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Sharp pain in right breast, pain around nipple area, no lump in breasts. Cause of worry?

I have has a sharp pain in my right breast for weeks now and it is now painful even to sleep on , it can also be painful around the nipple area , I have also checked my breats but am not aware of any lump but I am aware that my right breast feels a lot firmer than the left breast , do you think I should have this investigated at a breast screening clinic , I am 33 years old thanks
Asked On : Sun, 17 Feb 2013
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Dear Ma'am,

Sorry to hear about your problem but I am glad that you are seeking medical attention for the same. The problem you are describing is very common around you age and is known as fibroadenosis. In this condition ladies have pain in the breasts, which is usually more before their periods starts and it gradually subsides after the periods, only to recur again after a few days. It is usually not a sign of malignancy but this has to be ruled out by getting an ultrasound of the breasts. My advise to you would be to visit a breast surgeon and have your symptoms evaluated.
If no suspicious lumps are found, the doctor will probably put you on capsules of vitamin E, which help in reducing the pain. Also wear a proper breast support (like a sports bra), as it helps in reducing the pain. Avoid excessive caffeine intake.

Hope you get well soon.

Rohan Khandelwal
Breast Surgeon
Answered: Sun, 17 Feb 2013
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