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Lumpy Breasts Normal
Are lumpy breasts normal 10 days before period, my right breast even more lumpy but when checked after period they seemed fine, nipples also get itchy?
Probably: Give it a few months of normal cycles, if persists, get checked by your board certified gyn. ...Read more
Have lumpy breasts before period, after the lumpiness is there, but much less. do fibrocystic lumps need to disappear or just increase and decrease?
Yes: Lumpy breasts can be caused by many conditions. After childbirth the glands in your breast that secrete milk are stimulated by the hormone prolactin. That can cause obstructed milk ducts and breast engorgement especially if you are not breast feeding. Any breast mast that is persistent for a few weeks should be examined by a physician. ...Read more
Clogged ducts: Breastfeeding women can develop clogged milk ducts which can make the breasts lumpy. It is important to get these out by completely emptying the breasts, and using warm compresses and breast massage during feeding/pumping. If they are not worked out, it is possible to develop a mastitis. ...Read more
Is it normal to have really lumpy breasts 1 or 2 weeks before a period? These lumps feel a tiny bit hard and I can't tell if it's just normal or not
I was told I have fibrocystic lumpy breasts 10 years ago but my doctor has never done any imaging. Is this normal?
Yes: Imaging is not very good in dense breasts. Fibrocystic change is very common. A change or a single suspicious area would be an indication for imaging but routine screening is recommended to begin at age 40 in those at normal risk. This would be earlier if you had a mother or sister with breast cancer in which you would begin screening 5 years earlier than the age at which she was diagnosed. ...Read more
I have a lump in the bottom of my breast the size of a small apple. My DR told me it's lumpy breast tissue. Is it normal to be this large??
I'm 18, and I have very lumpy breasts, I've had two breast exams in two months: "feels normal". Still so paranoid and constantly checking. Tips?
Health anxiety: You use the word 'paranoid' - so don't feel minimized when I recommend psychotherapy specially targeted to health anxiety. A combination of understanding your body better and some basic facts about disease processes and CBT anxiety strategies will help for years to come. I know it's hard to trust in these times - but 2 exams should relieve your concern. Find a good therapist. Best wishes! ...Read more
Had heavy tender lumpy breasts for 5 weeks but had a period for 6 days which is not normal for me possibility of pregancy or not?
I have small lumpy breasts after breast feeding 6yrs ago. How will i tell a cancer lump from the lumps i normally have in my breasts?
Hx, PE, imaging, Bx: Fist 6 years of stable "lumps" likely suggests non-cancer. A physical examination can help, but is not definitive. Worrisome signs include a firm, fixed mass, large masses, lymph edema of the breast (looks like orange peel). Imaging with mammogram or other tests like ultrasound or MRI may help. Biopsy is the definitive test, but not everyone needs an invasive procedure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Breasts still hurt after light period+pinching feeling, not pregnant, normal Ultrasound. Lumpy breasts, much more on the right side. Is it normal?
Could be for you: Dense lump fibrocystic breast could be normal for you. Dense breast can be normal. Don't worry. ...Read more
The week or 2 before my period starts i get very lumpy breasts but this month I have a lump in my armpit...Is that normal? I recently had a mammogram (2 months ago) but not sure if a mammo checks the armpit area...Please advise.
See your doctor: Symptoms like these have to be evaluated in real-time by your physician. He/she has access to your examination, laboratrory data and many other diagnostic tests to get to the bottom of what's going on and offer you help. ...Read more
Few days: If you are breast feeding and you have experienced lumpy tender breast/breasts as you are learning to breast feed, you may have mild engorgement. If you have pain and fever call your OB about need for medication. If no fever, try pumping breasts for 3-5 minutes before breast feeding to get milk flowing and unclog ducts. Usually 2 or 3 days of this before feeds will resolve problem. ...Read more
Lumpy breast: Normal breast tissue can sometimes feel lumpy. Some women do regular breast self-exams. Doing breast self-exams can help you learn how your breasts normally feel and make it easier to notice and find any changes. Breast self-exams are not a substitute for mammograms. Always get breast changes checked out by your doctor . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tumors, Cysts, etc.: The breast by its very nature is "lumpy-bumpy", often making it difficult to distinguish lumps that count from normal breat tissue. Lumps "that count" (dominant masses) tend to be distinct from normal breast tissue. They may be fluid-filled (cysts) or solid (tumors)--this can be differentiated by ultrasound. Tumors may be benign or malignant--this can be differentiated by biopsy. ...Read more
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