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Why are my breasts so sore?

Asked by desiree333 (3206points) April 8th, 2010

I’ve had breast pains before, but it is pretty severe this time. Sometimes around my period my breasts are tender, and it is only a mild discomfort. But today since right after I woke up they’ve been really, really sore. I took some ibuprofen earlier but it’s worn off by now. They hurt so badly that I almost started crying in the shower, then when the towel touched them it hurt even more. The right one has like two small red spots on the nipple that almost look like they are going to bleed. And the left one hurts a bit more and the nipple is much lighter in colour than usual. I’m kind of worried since the pain is so severe. I’m also even more worried because my Aunt found out she had breast cancer only about 3 weeks ago. Does anyone know what is going on?

btw, apparently it takes 4–5 years for breasts to fully develop, and mine are developed because I got them when I was like 9 and I’m sixteen now. So I don’t think its because they are developing or something.

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botheredbewildered's avatar

Could be mastitis.

JonnyCeltics's avatar

I’m not sure, but I would go see a doctor…are you sexually active?

MagicalMystery's avatar

the only time in my life i had a similar problem i found out i was pregnant.

lilikoi's avatar

Are you about to have your period???

desiree333's avatar

@lilikoi No, I’m on birth control, and I wont have it for about another 2 weeks.

gailcalled's avatar

Breast cancer, in most cases, is a secret disease. There is no pain and often not even a palpable lump. So that is the good news; I would have your Primary care physician check things out.

Very sore and swollen breasts IS one of the earliest signs of being pregnant. But you say that you are not sexually active. (Why take a birth control pill? That can mess with your hormones often.)

snowberry's avatar

I think it’s due to hormones. You can try a heating pad on the area. Or of course, go see a doctor

desiree333's avatar

@gailcalled Yes, I’m not sexually active so the reason I’m taking birth control is for acne, regualting my periods, and making them lighter and shorter. Do you think the fact that I missed a Pill, so I had to take two in one day could be a contributor to this.

Like it really, really hurts, I can hardly take it anymore.

gailcalled's avatar

I can’t possibly give you a responsible answer. You need to see your Dr. and find out whether the birth control pills are related to the problem. Please don’t wait and suffer any more than you need to. Tomorrow is Friday, and then the week-end when you will be hardpressed to get medical attention.

Nipples do have odd little bumps on them and can change color during the course of a woman’s life while she has her period.

Is there any less severe way to control the acne?

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desiree333's avatar

@gailcalled Yes, I do have a couple very small bumps around the nipple, but now I have these red things that either look like blisters or like broken skin. But no, I’ve tried EVERYTHING for acne, the only other option I have left is Accutane, and that is more harsh.

I told my mum, and she thinks its because of my period, but I’m not getting it for 2 weeks! I am 100% positive it has nothing to do with PMS.

@bummer ha yeah it is…

gailcalled's avatar

Tell your mum to get you to the doctor’s tomorrow. Better safe than sorry.

Here’s a site you might find helpful; don’t let it scare you though.

jeanmay's avatar

Get ye to a doctor!

desiree333's avatar

@gailcalled Okay, I’ll try but I have to care for a “baby” for my parenting class, and my mum will be working until twelve. I will probably go on Monday. But if the pain is gone by then, do you think I should still go to the doctor?

desiree333's avatar

@jeanmay Ha, you sound like Hamlet when he tells Ophelia: “get thee to a nunnery!”

gailcalled's avatar

Yes, but I would get a medical excuse and skip the parenting class.

jeanmay's avatar

@desiree333 Quite! Seriously though, @gailcalled is right. You should make it a priority.

desiree333's avatar

@gailcalled @jeanmay I’ll try my best, I just don’t want to go to the doc and be like “well the pain is gone but could you check them out for stuff?”

JLeslie's avatar

If you are on the pill, I can’t see how this is hormone related, unless you just started the pill in the last couple of months. If it is both breasts I doubt it is cancer. Are the bumps blisters?

talljasperman's avatar

are you expecting? could you be pregnant?

desiree333's avatar

@JLeslie This is my second month on the pill, I’m about two weeks into the second month on the Pill. The bumps that just formed today are like mini red blisters then in the center, theres a light area with a really small red dot in the center. Sorry if its too much information. :P

@talljasperman No.

gailcalled's avatar

@talljasperman: Desiree has already told us that she is 16, not sexually active and taking the pill for acne.

gailcalled's avatar

The doctor will not be angry, I promise you, even if the more obvious symptoms have disappeared. He should have this information, in any case.

JLeslie's avatar

@desiree333 Well, since it is only your second month maybe it is hormone related to the pill. But, blisters could be herpes, I know you said you are not sexually active, but are you “fooling around” at all, that maybe it could be infectious?

desiree333's avatar

@JLeslie No, I’m not fooling around with anyone. But I have to stress the blister things are really really small, like the size of a pimple. And they are directly in the center, and only on one of them.

gailcalled's avatar

If you were my daughter, I would get you to the doc’s for a look-see. You sounded frantic with worry in your original post. Why try to diminish the concern now?

JLeslie's avatar

It also could be a simple rash, and maybe your nipples are very dry for some reason and susceptable. My nipples get very uncomfortable sometimes in the winter for that reason. Although, it does not make my breast feel “sore” like a hormonal sore caused by a cycle or pregnancy. I think, as others have suggested, that going to the doctor is in order, maybe he can give you a cream that will help. I really think it is not something terrible, I hope you are not too worried. But, I do think it wise to get it checked so you can get some relief and feel reassured.

desiree333's avatar

In the website @gailcalled provided, the only thing listed under nipple swelling and breast pain are:
1. Gynecomastia
2. Paget’s Disease
3. Pregnancy
4. Spironolactone – Teratogenic Agent

And I can rule out the pregnancy one.

@JLeslie I’m just freaking out a little bit because of my aunt discovering she has breast cancer about 3 weeks ago, but I not panicking or anything.:P I will put going to the doctor on high priority. Thanks for all of your help

JLeslie's avatar

@desiree333 pagets is cancer, but like I said, I don’t think it would affect both at once. I would bet money you don’t have cancer. Hopefully, tomorrow when you wake up it will already be getting better. I don’t remember if you said there was redness besides the bumps? Is there an area of redness that is either streaks or maybe a circle of redness that is getting bigger?

desiree333's avatar

@JLeslie I agree, I don’t think it is cancer either. Well the right one is a tad red, not really though, other than the “blisters”. No there is no streaks or anything, but my left nipple is red, earlier it was almost skin color though.

JLeslie's avatar

@desiree333 OK, that’s good. So it does not sound like a skin infection that is spreading like a cellulitis. Let us know what the doc says. Take care of yourself. :)

desiree333's avatar

@JLeslie I will, thanks!

OneMoreMinute's avatar

Could be your birth control pills affecting your hormones.
Could also be a poorly fitting bra.
good luck to you.

JLeslie's avatar

Last thought, have you switched laundry detergents? Maybe it is contact dermititis.

filmfann's avatar

I am a bit alarmed by your taking 2 b.c. pills at once. They don’t work that way, at least when I was younger they didn’t. That may be a contributer.

lilikoi's avatar

@desiree333 Regarding the red bumps – Have you been scratching them? Have they been itchy? Might be chaffing (rash due to friction).

gailcalled's avatar

^^All great answers, but they do not take the place of a visit to the Doc’s (which I hope you are doing this minute).You can always borrow someone’s infant to learn about feeding, burping, bathing and changing a diaper. As long as you support the baby’s head, it’s straighforward.

desiree333's avatar

@filmfann I am taking Yaz, and when you miss a pill it says you are supposed to take it as soon as you remember, then take the one for that day at the regular time. I’m not sure about other b.c Pills but that’s how Yaz works.

@lilikoi No, they haven’t been itchy. And they don’t hurt anymore. But they feel like little scabs now, rahter than blisters.

@OneMoreMinute I never thought about the poor fitting bra theory before, but that may be it because I just wore my new bra the day before they started hurting.

@JLeslie No I think my mum is still using the same detergent.

@gailcalled My family is really busy atm. My sister’s ice show, my mum has a shag tonight, then another show tommorow, plus the baby. I will probably go on Monday. I would go myself, but I haven’t gotten my liscense yet.

filmfann's avatar

Here is some information on Yaz
Q: Has there been any recent news about Yaz?
A: There have been recent reports linking Yaz to a number of serious side effects including strokes, kidney stones or gall bladder disease stemming from the drug causing dehydration, heart attacks, cancer risks, liver tumors, deep vein thrombosis (DVT, or blood clots in legs), as well as pulmonary embolisms (blood clots in lungs).

Q: What are the side effects associated with Yaz?
A: In addition to the problems mentioned above, the most common side effect associated with Yaz include: nausea, vomiting, bleeding between menstrual periods, weight gain, breast tenderness or pain, and, difficulty wearing contract lenses.

Other side effects include urinary tract infections, yeast infections (vaginal moniliasis), vaginal inflammation (vaginitis), painful menstruation during a patient’s monthly period (dysmenorrhea), intermenstrual bleeding, headaches, menstrual disorder, abdominal pain, vaginal discharge (leucorrhea), flu syndrome, acne, depression, diarrhea, general weakness or lack of energy (asthenia), back pain, infections, pharyngitis , migraines, vomiting, dizziness, nervousness, sinusitis, cystitis, bronchitis, gastroenteritis, allergic reactions, an unpleasant tendency to scratch or itch (pruritus), extremely strong mood changes or emotional reactions (affective lability), rashes, upper respiratory infection, having a suspicious Pap smear, gaining weight, premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and other menstrual disorders.

JLeslie's avatar

Those side effects are the same as pretty much any pill or hormone replacement, although Yaz does have a higher likelihood of electrolytes being thrown off than other pills if I remember correctly. Breast tenderness is not the same as having bumps that hurt on the skin. I am not sure if the bumps are what actually hurts to the touch, or if her breasts hurt from hormones, the same as when you are pregnant. I was thinking that God Forbid it is TENS which is an allergic reaction, but that usually would not start at the nipple, but on her chest most likely nearer to her neck and face, and it would be severe and start blistering. That can happen with any drug.

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