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Offline crazymommy

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breast cancer fear
« on: May 13, 2014, 09:55:51 AM »
Well I've let myself get into full blown panic. Again. This time it's over breast cancer. I've had an occasional pain in my left breast for a week or so.  Today it feels more than occasional. I think it is happening in both sides but I'm not sure... I know that sounds nuts but I am so focused on it being the left side and I am analyzing everything happening on that side, so I just can't be sure that it's the same type of pain I am noticing on both. It's sort of an achy feeling, like a muscle pain would be, and much of it is, in fact, at the top of my breasts where they meet my chest - where the pectoral muscles are I guess?  I also have some muscle tension in my neck and shoulder on the left side.  Could poor posture and stress cause something like this maybe??

I am going to the gynecologist June 6 for my annual appointment.  I am afraid by then I will be a complete basket case.   Really, I already am by most people's standards!

I guess I am just looking for any words of wisdom or advice.  Intellectually, I know that this is unlikely to be anything worrisome.  I've searched this forum and seen plenty of women say they have breast pain for various reasons.  There's no lump (that I can find anyway) so I'm trying to remember that, too.

I wish I could unlock why this happens to me. Why I get so insane and other people manage their worries with a little more perspective.  I can't figure it out and it's so hard to stop when I don't know why I do this to myself :(
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Re: breast cancer fear
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2014, 10:05:42 AM »
Hello,
I feel your anxiety. I have had episodes, where I experienced shooting pains in one or both breasts. This happened many years ago and I am still fine : ) It is so upsetting and frustrating to focus on a symptom that others wouldn't even notice, and turn it into full-blown panic and fear. I hate that I do the same thing. I have a lumbar MRI today and I have been so nervous about it. I will be very anxiety-ridden, waiting for results. When I think of all the wasted time worrying over the years.......
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Re: breast cancer fear
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2014, 10:32:18 AM »
Thank you!  I wish there was an easy solution to this stupid Health Anxiety!  I swear sometimes it's worse than half the illnesses I'm afraid of.... Good luck with MRI today!  Hope they give you results quick so you don't have to wait!
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Re: breast cancer fear
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2014, 12:13:08 PM »
I have been in your shoes.  My left breast was painful on and off for a few weeks.  Not like hormonal pain but different.  After a few weeks of panicking and worrying, it went away.  I still dont know what caused it  ::)  I also found no lump or anything else worrisome.   From what I have read, bc is not painful.  Now I am on to ovarian cancer....fun fun  :dazed: 

Daisy
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