Is it possible to make your own breast painful?

Two weeks ago I had what looked like a bite on my breast on the bottom of my right breast. I referred myself to the breast clinic who gave me a telephone appointment and looked at a photo. They advised it looked just like a spot of infected ingrown hair. A week and a half on and that has gone.
However now I feel soreness/ tender and a little firm in the top right side of my breast which has been around for a good week. I wondered is it possible to hurt yourself and your own breast because you’re checking too firmly? It’s not pain due to my period as I know exactly what that feels like and my period has been over for a good four days.
I’m finding myself really anxious at the moment and constantly thinking it’s something and then it’s nothing and then it’s something, but just wanted to get some peoples thoughts.

Hi Holly-37. It is possible to inadvertently hurt yourself if you are checking your breast tissue mutiple times a day and maybe press a little too vigorously. I managed to give myself a decent sized bruise under my arm by too much poking and prodding. Please contact your breast care nurse if you are anxious… that’s what they’re there for! After a cancer diagnosis you’re hyper alert and the slightest twinge becomes something to worry about ( maybe that’s just me​:thinking:). I hope your mind is eased soon. God bless :green_heart:

Hi holly-37

Thanks for your post. It’s understandable that you’re feeling anxious when you have new symptoms in your breast.

Breast changes, such as soreness and tenderness, can happen for many reasons. They may be due to hormonal changes as part of your monthly cycle (if you are still having periods) or due to benign conditions (not cancer). It’s also possible that you can cause discomfort by pressing into the breast too often, as @craicin-up says.

Checking your breast/chest is simple and there’s no special way to check. Read about the signs to look out for here. For more information see our booklet Know your breasts: a guide to breast awareness and screening.

However, as you have noticed this new change, we would suggest you make another appointment with your GP to be assessed. You could also discuss the concerns about the anxiety you’re feeling. Your GP may be able to offer you some support with this.

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