Should I get a second opinion?



I’m a 30 yr old women in London with no kids who hasn’t been feeling too great over the last few weeks and I would appreciate any advice you might be able to give. 


About a month ago I started feeling exhausted all the time and getting pains in the left side of my chest - I was also having a rapid heart beat and I noticed some swelling in my chest above my left breast. I saw a Cardiologist who ruled out any heart problems - my heart rate was high but not irregular and the pain in my chest could be what is spiking my heart rate. The swelling and pain continued to increase - my entire left breast increased in size and I have swelling under my arm (no enlarged nodes though) and top part of my left arm is a couple of cms bigger than the other arm. I feel pain in my left armpit, arm, breast, left side of my neck and my left shoulder blade (the back pain started before the pain in my breast). I haven’t found any lumps in my breast. I am struggling to wear a bra and when I don’t my left breast feels heavy. I don’t have any enlarged nodes in my armpit but I have some thickening just under the skin in my left armpit that came up a few weeks ago.


I saw a breast specialist who did an ultrasound - he said there was inflammation and some tiny cysts but said the pain and swelling was hormonal and told me to take evening primrose oil everyday - I have been doing this for the last week but everyday the pain seems to get worse. 


Should I get a second opinion? Should I mention inflammatory breast cancer? I have never experienced hormonal pain but something is telling me there is something wrong. My doctor said that if you are feeling pain then it is a sign there is nothing too serious going on. 


Thanks for you time x

Hi LondonSummer

Firstly welcome to the BCC forums, it sounds like you’re having such a worrying time at the moment. I’m sure you’ll get loads of support here from people who know exactly what you are going through.  In the menatime you might also find it helpful to read some of the booklets on breast conditions which explains about changes in the breast, just follow the link below:-

If you are feeling upset or panicky and want to talk to someone who understands what you are going through then do give our helpline a call. Everyone working on our helpline either has experience of breast cancer, or is a breast care nurse, and has an excellent knowledge of breast cancer issues. They are on 0808 800 6000 and are open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 2pm

Best wishes Sam, BCC Facilitator