IBC during pregnancy

I am worried that I have IBC. I am 16 weeks pregnant, and around each of my nipples/areola I have hot, pink areas. The skin is a little thicker there too. I have frequent sharp pain in my left breast, and shooting pains in both breasts. My upper back is constantly sore and under my armpits have been itchy. This has been going on for weeks and has got worse, although my breasts haven’t swollen at all.


I know it is more likely to be something other than IBC because IBC is rare, especially in both breasts, and I am pregnant. But 4 courses of antibiotics have done nothing, nor has clotrimazole anti fungal cream - it just seems to be getting worse.


My GP has finally referred me to a breast specialist but I am having to wait another 2 weeks and from everything I’ve read about IBC, a lot can progress in 2 weeks. 


I am so scared that all the doctors will just write off my symptoms as pregnancy (although my midwife has said this is not normal) and if it is IBC, it will be too late by the time my concerns are taken seriously.


Do these symptoms sound like IBC (other than the fact that it’s in both breasts)? Has anyone else had similar symptoms in pregnancy? Has anyone had IBC in both breasts? 


Hi Allo

I’m sorry to read you’re having such a tough time at the moment.  Whilst you are waiting for the other users to reply with their experiences and knowledge you might find it helpful to talk things through with a member of staff on the BCC helpline.  Here you can share your concerns and fears with somone who will offer you a listening ear as well as emotional support and practical information. The number to call is 0808 800 6000 and lines are open weekdays 9 to 5pm and Saturday 10 to 2pm.

Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator