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Dr. L. Collins Dr. Collins
Gynecology
32 years in practice
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
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Why do I have milk in breast & time to time my left breast hurts?

Why do I have milk in breast & time to time my left breast hurts?

Lab testing: If you have milk in your breast not related to a pregnancy, lab testing is indicated. We check the thyroid function and a prolactin hormone level. If those are all normal, the milk is likely due to stimulation of the nipple during sex play, clothes rubbing (like while jogging) or as shower water hits the nipple.

Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more


Dr. Jeff Livingston Dr. Livingston
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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My left breast hurts for about a day already and I squeezed it and some liquid came out. What's happening?

My left breast hurts for about a day already and I squeezed it and some liquid came out. What's happening?

Breast exam: Anytime one notices a new mass, lump, bump or skin change in the breast it is very important to have this evaluated by a doctor who can help determine if any work up or testing is needed. Breast pain can be from hormonal changes, weight changes, dietary changes, cysts, changes in exercise patterns, ill fitting bras and others. Milk is the most likely liquid discharge. Your doctor should evaluate.

Dr. Eleanor Host Dr. Host
Family Medicine
25 years in practice
Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
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25yrs old - sharp pain on the left side of my left breast. Hurts even if you put pressure on it or massage it.

25yrs old - sharp pain on the left side of my left breast. Hurts even if you put pressure on it or massage it.

Breast pain: It may be sore from an inflamed cyst. These can get painful depending on where you are in your cycle, or if you have a lot of caffeine in your diet. You can try taking Ibuprofen and make sure you have a properly fitted bra as well. If it isn't better by the next period, you should see your doctor about it.

Dr. Saurabh Sharma Dr. Sharma
Family Medicine
14 years in practice
University of Delhi, College of Medical Sciences
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Dr. David Motoki Dr. Motoki
Surgery - Plastics
37 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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My left breast hurts around the nipple area like it is bruised. What could this be?

My left breast hurts around the nipple area like it is bruised. What could this be?

Breast Pain: Breast pain can be a symptom of infection as well as benign and cancerous tumors. You should seek medical attention for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. John Kirk Dr. Kirk
Obstetrics & Gynecology
23 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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My left breast hurts like sharp pains and is leaking I just got off my period a week ago and it's just my left one?

My left breast hurts like sharp pains and is leaking I just got off my period a week ago and it's just my left one?

Common but need eval: A common problem and may associate with birth control pills or changes in your hormones during your cycle. The problem is rarely something serious at your age but should be assessed with a visit to your doctor to assess prolactin levels (a blood test), breast exam and possible breast ultrasound that would look for cysts which are common in this situation. More eval if headaches or visual changes.

Dr. Kevin Daly Dr. Daly
Emergency Medicine
years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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I have this cough for more than 8 weeks now took a lot of Mucinex (guaifenesin) and had used nebulizer for a week. Now when I cough my left breast hurts.?

I have this cough for more than 8 weeks now took a lot of Mucinex (guaifenesin) and had used nebulizer for a week. Now when I cough my left breast hurts.?

Painful cough: It is probably a chest wall strain from prolonged coughing. You should see your doctor though given the long duration of your cough.

Dr. Mark Dickson Dr. Dickson
Surgery
19 years in practice
Texas Tech University School of Medicine
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My left breast hurts. Blood work, 2 ultrasound and diagnostic mammogram all normal. Specialist says fibrocystic but it hurts all month Idk what 2 do.?

My left breast hurts. Blood work, 2 ultrasound and diagnostic mammogram all normal. Specialist says fibrocystic but it hurts all month Idk what 2 do.?

Multiple causes: Fibrocystic changes are very common in women, and sometimes they can involve only one breast, or a part of one breast. Most doctors recommend a trial of avoiding caffeine first, which helps a large percentage of women. An infection can also cause this, and requires different treatment. Sometimes an operation is necessary.

Dr. Victor Bonuel Dr. Bonuel
Internal Medicine
34 years in practice
Far Eastern University, Dr. Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation
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I have been coughing a lot and now my rib hurts under my shoulder blade and wraps around under my left breast. Hurts to move, cough and sneeze.

I have been coughing a lot and now my rib hurts under my shoulder blade and wraps around under my left breast. Hurts to move, cough and sneeze.

You've got pleurisy: Try taking some dayquil/nyquil combo for now. Ask your dt if s/he would recommend antibiotics and chest x-ray. Take care!

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Dr. Ajay Acharya Dr. Acharya
Internal Medicine
33 years in practice
A P Singh University, S. S. Medical College
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My left breast hurts under my armpit and on the top. Sometimes the pain radiates to my nipple. And it was swollen last night under arm.?

My left breast hurts under my armpit and on the top. Sometimes the pain radiates to my nipple. And it was swollen last night under arm.?

Infection: Not knowing your age and medical hx.........it can be infection, cellulitis and reactive adenitis.........see PMD.

Dr. Jason Reich Dr. Reich
Internal Medicine
4 years in practice
George Washington University Medical School
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Dr. Winnie Polen Dr. Polen
Breast Surgery
17 years in practice
A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Why does my left breast hurts?

Why does my left breast hurts?

Variety of reasons: Do both breasts hurt with the left one feeling worse or only your left breast? It could be due to direct trauma (do you sleep on your left side?), more dense tissue (is your left breast larger than your right breast?) or an infection. Go in for an evaluation if it doesn't improve.

Dr. Myron Arlen Dr. Arlen
Surgery - Oncology
60 years in practice
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The bottom of my left breast hurts and it been going on for a week. I was wondering what it could be. The right one doesn't hur at all.?

The bottom of my left breast hurts and it been going on for a week. I was wondering what it could be. The right one doesn't hur at all.?

Fibrous mastopathy: Pain in breast is essentially never associated with cancer. The latter, which is related to a mass in the breast, does not initiate any symptom when palpated other than for diagnosing its presence. Pain is due to a somewhat distended milk duct which has not emptied the typical fluid produced, and is part of what is called cystic mastopathy which is benign unless defined otherwise by a mammo

Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy Dr. Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics & Gynecology
30 years in practice
Bombay University, Dr D. Y. Patil Medical College
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Dr. Otto Placik Dr. Placik
Surgery - Plastics
30 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Why might it be that my left breast hurts when I laugh too much?

Why might it be that my left breast hurts when I laugh too much?

That's unusual: Breasts don't usually hurt from laughing but your chest wall (ribs and sternum) may hurt from a hairline fracture, contusion or costochondritis. This may not be easy to determine without advanced diagnostic imaging. In most cases this is observed for 3-4 weeks and usually resolves. If persistent, follow up studies are recommended.

Dr. Alan Patterson Dr. Patterson
Obstetrics & Gynecology
38 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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Why inner side of my left breast hurts when I laugh?

Why inner side of my left breast hurts when I laugh?

Breast or rib cage: It could be something in your breast or rib cage or intercostal, muscles or something else. You should see your gyn for an exam as you may need a mammogram or chest x-ray or other testing.

Dr. Monique Ruberu Dr. Ruberu
Obstetrics & Gynecology
15 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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Why might it be that my left breast hurts when I breathe?

Why might it be that my left breast hurts when I breathe?

Chest pain: Left chest pain could be indicative of something else going on in your lungs if symptoms worsen with breathing. .. Go see your doctor to evaluate.

Dr. Johnnie Ham Dr. Ham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
18 years in practice
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
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Sometimes my left breast hurts/ almost my heart too. Could it be because I wear my bra on the tightest eyelets?

Sometimes my left breast hurts/ almost my heart too. Could it be because I wear my bra on the tightest eyelets?

Yes: I would consider going braless. I book published in 1995, "dressed to kill" showed that women who do not wear bras have a 21-fold decrease in cancer risk. Women who wear the 24 hrs a day, a 6-fold increase. It blocks the lymphatic drainage, leaving toxins in the breast to do damage.