I had to get counselling for my health anxiety and it was amazing, honestly. Still have flare ups but I know how to manage them. Please try through the NHS, you won’t regret it!
I have been having the same symptoms for the same amount of time.
I have gotten 2 ultrasounds and an mri.
The thing with me is that my health anxiety is so bad that even though all tests turned out negative, I still have the worry that maybe something was missed by the technician or a fault in the machine etc...
I am currently trying to get better and not look up symptoms but its quite hard.
It could be cyclical breast pain related to your cycle. That’s very normal. Write in a diary how much pain you have and see if it links up. Also go to the doctors for peace of mind if you haven’t been already
I’m glad that you replied because I’m having the same issue. I feel come and go pain! It help me to be relief after all because this started bout to be a year ago for me! No changes just come and go pain!
for anyone who’s scared and has been having similar symptoms, I hope this offers comfort!
I felt something move in my right breast (the painful one - for two years) three weeks ago and discovered a soft round movable lump.
I went to the GP, they referred me to hospital even though they couldn’t find the lump themselves.
I had my hospital appointment today and the Nurse couldn’t find it either, so no ultrasound. I was told sometimes cysts can happen then quickly resolve themselves. I was told to stay breast aware.
I also went in July 2019 and got told the same thing / didn’t have an ultrasound then either.
all I can do now is trust the doctors and nurses who know more than me, and take comfort in the fact I can always go back in the future if the pain gets worse or I discover anything else.
so essentially - go get it checked, but don’t worry yourself too much! There’s no way to know what the outcome will be and a lot of lumps / problems turn out benign.
I’m proud of myself for how I’ve handled the last few weeks with health anxiety after I discovered the lump. I’ve told myself it’s completely out of my control and practiced self care...did nice things for myself...and it worked! And I am the gal who spent a year convinced she was dying, suffering from the worst anxiety imaginable! There is hope!
1. You don’t know what it could be so distract yourself and do nice things for yourself while waiting for an appointment
2. always get things checked. The relief I feel right now is great
was going to leave it but then new developments happened (which I won’t write because of health anxiety), going to GP Monday, will update this thread once I find out what’s going on once and for all!
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im so glad I’ve found your post , I’ve been experiencing the same at the moment , had breast pain leading up to my last period but after the period stopped the pain never fully went away , I also have health anxiety but honestly if you feel there’s something wrong always go and get it checked , even if it’s peace of mind for you . Pain alone isn’t normally associated with breast cancer but if you feel your breasts have changed or feel different then no one would hold anything against you for getting an appointment and getting them checked even if you get to the clinic and the scans come back clear they may be able to offer more advice or possible treatment for the pain .
Hope this helped its its horrible to feel alone xx
Hi, I hope this is the right place, looking for some advice because I have severe health anxiety (and got therapy which did help) , so I don’t trust myself and need a bit of perspective
I am 25
December 2017 - one of my breasts had been hurting for two months, I went to hospital, the ultrasound of my right breast revealed nothing but P2 glandular thickening which just means the tissue has thickened due to hormones, they said it happens to some women my age
I went back in January 2018 because I was still scared and convinced myself I’d found a lump and they ultra-sounded both breasts and didn’t find any
I went back again a few months ago (June 2019?) because the pain has been intermittent / getting worse maybe ? and the doctor wouldn’t ultrasound me and told me it’s because I’ve been on the pill for ten years, so there’s an increase in oestrogen, I asked why the pain is mostly felt in one breast and he said because there’s not the same amount of oestrogen receptors in both breasts. There’s more in my right I guess. My left breast does hurt sometimes too but never the same amount as my right. So the explanation does make sense
My right breast is also intermittently itchy, but no skin discolouration, rashes, inverted nipples etc so my reasoning is - if it was IBC, surely more symptoms would have appeared by now, as that’s quite a fast acting cancer...but I could be wrong?
The pain generally comes and goes vaguely related to my cycle but it isn’t always. It has been quite constant recently. It might be because I keep missing pills so have to take two together which is problematic as each pill has a different amount of oestrogen so it’s not the same as a normal birth control (specific type of pill for endometriosis / older women)
I don’t want to be on this pill anymore because the doctor told me that because my great aunt had BC he doesn’t recommend it. I have to be on some form of birth control due to endometriosis, and want to go on the Mirena coil but am waiting for physio therapy due to penetration being too painful (other health issues). Maybe I can ask for anaesthetic?
I’m not sure it’s my pill because I was on it for eight years with no problems, BUT I do keep messing up the cycle
I am scared to go back to my GP because I don’t want to be referred again and feel stupid. They always do the two week emergency one and maybe I should ask for the normal three month one?
Is it okay to be checked if you have breast pain, just in case?
Or am I being stupid and wasting NHS resources?