Shingles and a lump

Hi, just wondering if anyone can help a little. I’ve found a lump on my right breast two weeks ago. My breast was aching so accidentally came across the lunp. Without realising, a few months ago my nipple was so so painful to touch and I don’t know if it was connected. It never entered my head to check my breasts at that point. (I can’t believe how stupid I was!) anyway, I’m 38 years old and I went to my GP last week because not only did I have the lump , but on the same side but on my back I had a horrible burning sensation and pain. When at my GP’s they diagnosed shingles (and gave me medication for it) and also confirmed the lump - gp said it was pea shape and has referred me to be seen which will be within two weeks. I’m such a laid back person and telling my partner and mother that I’m fine and not worried, but im actually worried sick. Why would my immune system be low to get shingles in the first place? I’ve read on google from posts years ago that shingles could be a sign of an underlying condition - I tell everyone who is ill never to look at the Internet, but it’s the first thing I did - such a wally.
The not knowing and waiting is the hardest, I’d like to know one way or the other and deal with whatever it is… Just feel so awful X

I’m sorry, I don’t know how to use forums do I don’t know if I’ve put this in the right place . So sorry

Hi Trulymadly, 

I am sorry you are going through this anxious time. 

I have moved your post to our Breast awareness, signs and symptoms board in order to give users more of a chance to respond. I am sure they will be along soon to offer their support and a friendly ear.

In the meantime please do call our helpline at 0808 800 6000 who will be able to talk to you about the lump you have found and offer a friendly ear. The opening times are below.

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Late opening Wednesday 9am-7pm,
Saturday, 9am-1pm

Best wishes, 


Thank you xx

I have the exact same symptoms now for over a week. It started as a tingling sensation in my right breast then I noticed that the right side of my right breast had gone numb. I also felt a burning/stabbing sensation on my right side and my right shoulder blade. After a couple of days I have noticed a lump on my right breast. At this point, I was getting worried as there have been history of breast CA in my mum’s side. After a week, a burning rash appeared at the top of my right breast. I’ve had shingles before but never in my chest, they would always appear on my upper lip on the right side (horrible, I know). I went to my GP and her impression was shingles as well though she referred me to the breast clinic. I was wondering what happened to you since? I just hope it’s nothing serious…

Hi Mae89,

I had my lump checked out and had a scan last October. They said it looked fine but I still had to go back in 3 months time to check it again and also check a shadow that they found.
Everything was good tho. The lump is still there but they said it was more fatty tissue than anything else because I’d lost weight, put weight back on and back and forth.
One thing I will have to say about shingles tho, it really does mess with your body.
I didn’t have a bad rash, infact, I only had one section which was no more than an inch squared. But messed me up in other ways.
Hope everything is ok with u x