Pain in right breast - recent mammogram clear

Hi there. I am a 41 year old woman, with one child, generally healthy (can always do more!). My mum has had BC multiple times (DCIS), and because of this I recently had my first mammogram (May). Results were clear. However for the last 5 days I’ve had severe pain in my right breast especially when I turn from side to side in bed at night. I’ve also noticed (not sure how long this has been) that my nipple has flattened on that side and is very slightly inverted.
Usually I wouldn’t hesitate to see a GP etc, but given I had a mammogram so recently I’m not sure they would do anything much?
Hormonally I have no idea where I’m at, I have the mirena coil but have never had any regularity with cycles so no idea whether it’s cycle related, perimenopause related etc.
Any thoughts? Thanks.

Please ask your gp to send you to a hospital breast clinic. I had pain in my breast and mentioned it when i saw my dr for another reason and he sent me to be checked . I did have breast cancer that was near the chest wall so didn’t show on the mammogram 3 months previous , i dont want to panic you but its better to be cautious. Good luck x

Please do make an appointment to see your GP and ask for a referral. My breast cancer wasn’t picked up on a mammogram either. What alerted me that something was wrong was a weird tingly pain in my breast, two days later I saw a shape change. My dr found a lump and a dimple under my breast which I could see in a mirror if I lifted my arms high. My bc was on my chest wall. I’m all clear now so don’t panic hun just please go get checked and referred soon. Best of luck xx

Hello anonaug

Thanks for posting and apologies for the delay replying.

Breast pain is very common in women of all ages. It can have several causes, which our information explains. As you say it may be related to your periods or perimenopause but it’s difficult to tell.

Having painful, sore, or tender breasts can cause a lot of anxiety. But on its own, isn’t usually a sign of breast cancer. Keeping a pain chart to see if there is any pattern to your pain can be helpful. You will find a pain chart in our breast pain booklet.

It’s important to find out what the possible cause of any persistent breast pain may be so this can be managed. Even though your mammogram was only recent as @tricia1919 and @M0lly-Chorley suggest do you can make an appointment with your GP to discuss your symptoms.

It’s not usually necessary for your GP to refer you a breast clinic when you have breast pain unless it affects your quality of life, has persisted for a few weeks or if the pain hasn’t responded to any recommended treatment, diet or lifestyle changes. However, they may suggest a referral based on the fact your nipple has also inverted

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