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inflammatory breast cancer
« on: April 29, 2014, 02:52:47 AM »
Hi all,
I have been having a couple of strange symptoms the past few weeks. My right underarm started getting itchy. Its been itchy daily now for maybe 3 weeks and at the upper breast area too. Now in the last few days the area has started feeling very hot too. There is no visible rash or redness, or dimpling.
I'm a 33 year old female. Please help.I thought it would have gone by now.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 01:55:06 PM »
Anyone? I am feeling pretty doomed.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2014, 05:17:11 AM »
Hi Lililanny,
First of all I want to reassure you that IBC is very very rare. Secondly, it's visual symptoms are apparently unmistakable. Thirdly it apparently progresses very quickly. So within 3 weeks I am assuming you would have some pretty unmistakable visual symptoms - which you dont.
It sounds like something is irritating your skin, possibly you are allergic to something (washing powder, deoderant etc?)
If it is still itching in a week or so I would see a dermatologist. But the chances if you having IBC with this symptom are highly unlikely.
Hope that helps :)
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2014, 01:45:27 PM »
Thank you for your response nole23.
I know the most reasonable cause would be something more minor. But if it were an allergy to deoderant or washing powder, would it be more likely I would have the same reaction under both arms?
In addition to the below, my upper breast area is now itching, as is my nipple. Still just the itching and not/burning feeling, no rash or other visible symptoms (to my eyes anyway). Bust what if this ids just the initial symptom? And other symptoms will follow?
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2014, 08:29:29 PM »
I saw an IBC specialist when I was going through my scare. My problems with my breast turned out to be related to my blocked up lymph system from an infection in my armpit, but anyway, she said that IBC presentation is so traumatic and rapid that women with IBC are usually seen in the ER first.

If you are three weeks in, the chances of it being IBC are ridiculously low to non-existant. You should still get it checked out though. I'm sure it's something minor.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2014, 06:35:35 AM »
Thanks for your response Turkeylips.
I went to the doctor on Friday. She did a breast exam. She said it's an allergic reaction to something and prescribed Telfast. It was really strange though, cos I haven't had a rash or redness, but when I was at her office I did. It was all across my chest and my tummy and underarm etc. I had kind of rushed there, and she said it can get worse when the body is hot.  It hasn't been red or rashy since. I have taken 2 days worth of Telfast, but no improvement. I'm just not convinced that it's a skin allergy. If I were allergic to something I was putting on my skin, wouldn't I break out in an allergy all over, instead of one small area?
Sadly, I'm still thinking IBC. I feel the area is painful now too. And I'm having back pain, like muscular pain, which I read can be a symptom too. So, the freak out continues.....
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2014, 09:57:18 AM »
Sorry for the late response, I hope you're feeling better with this. If not, just once again a reassurance that anything as sinister as IBC would have really presented itself visually by now.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2014, 10:05:12 AM »
Thanks nole123.
So, I have finished 7 days worth of Telfast. The hotness and itchiness seems to have gone. However, i feel pain in my underarm now. Like a kind of throbbing pain. It's not excrutiating or anything, but I can feel it nonetheless. It's really strange. I also noticed a tiny bump on my neck. It's on the left side, it feels like it's along a vein or something (the underarm issue is on the right side). I am still having occasional itchiness/tingling in the nipple area.
I'm petrified.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2014, 10:16:21 AM »
Hi lililanny! I'm sorry for what you've been through but hang in there!

I, also having this kind of situation but not breast cancer fear, mine was hodgkin's lymphoma fear! Whenever i keep rubbing, poking, scratching or applying anything on my left underarm i feel like it's on fire and tingling. Been also rubbing it with Alcohol solution and after that i feel like it's hot and tingly but i also get it whenever i am so much anxious! But this was happened ever since 2012.

I hope you are feeling fine now! Best of lucks and i wish nothing but a happy life and less anxiety for all of us!

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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2014, 10:21:03 AM »
Hi bittersweetlife,
I also worry about lymphoma H and NH. It has been a worry of mine for a long time as I have 3 enlarged nodes in my neck. So I'm back and forth between lypmhoma and IBC worries right now. :(
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2014, 11:28:50 AM »
Oh God. I think lymphoma has been an epidemic! You do know that nodes are commonly caused by viral infections. There are also some people i know and sometimes here that their nodes are permanently swollen and still they are fine.

You do not have lymphoma or even breast cancer! So do i. let's just be keep on positive in life and negative in all bad things. I know this is all hard living with HA! Hang in there.

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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2014, 12:06:46 PM »
I can reply regarding the itch!

My armpits will sometimes itch like crazy but there's nothing to be seen.  I searched quite a bit and found some scary stuff and some common sense stuff. I started to pay attention to WHEN they itched and it was after I'd worn shirts that came up pretty tight under my arm pits.  On days that my clothing didn't rub the skin, no itch.  I gave away the shirts that were a bit too small and if I wear and undershirt, I remind myself that 'tomorrow my armpits may itch'.  Gold Bond Powder (generic from the Dollar store) helps prevent the chaffing.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2014, 08:52:03 AM »
If the itching has eased then you literally don't have a single symptom of IBC. The symptoms for IBC are mostly visual anyway and progress rapidly. Put it this way, you would know something was VERY wrong by now if IBC were present. There would be no guessing or wondering. Regarding lymphoma- this too seems unlikely given thT you don't really have any lymphoma symptoms. An aching underarm is actually quite a common worry some symptom on this site. As are raised nodes. Neither are sinister (unless the nodes are really big and fixed, and even then it doesn't have to mean C) So take a deep breath, you're just fine.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #13 on: May 11, 2014, 04:19:26 PM »
Thanks all.
Well, just after saying that the itching had stopped, it started kind of creeping back in. Not like a full on I can't stop itching feeling, but definitely an itchy irritation feeling. On top of that, I noticed that of my 3 enlarged neck nodes, one of them has gotten bigger and feels quite tender to the touch. So, the freak out continues. Can I also add this, I didn't mention it before. But i had a chest infection a few weeks ago, and I had bad chest pain on the right side, which the doctor said was from coughing so much/chest spasming. That was all well and good, and I accepted the diagnosis, but that was weeks ago now. Now, I have been feeling some chest pain when I move in certain positions etc, this is the same side as my underarm symptoms.
Ihadcancer - my itching is just in 1 armpit, not both, so this would make me believe it's not down to clothing.
bittersweetlife - I know that lymphoma is a common worry on this site, but I guess it's so for a reason, when you can actually feel lumps and bumps like that it's very scary :(
nole23 - I'm still worrying about both. Even more so that this other node is bigger and tender.
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Re: inflammatory breast cancer
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2014, 09:19:26 AM »
With lymphoma one of the key characteristics is a fixed enlarged node that is NOT painful. Your chest infection can explain why the nodes are raised, could be some residual infection or just that it's taking the nodes a long time to go down. The lymphoma itch is apparently insane, deep and constant. Doesn't sound anything like your itch.
You still don't have any symptoms of IBC. A sort of itchy irritated feeling is not really a symptom of the disease. If your breast still LOOKS normal after all this time, I'm gonna go ahead and say I believe you're fine.
I know it's tough to try and reassure yourself when your anxiety has got you trapped, but try and take a step back for a moment. You don't have a thing to worry about except the worrying itself.
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