Hey Superstressed - I hope my story helps ... I found a lump right after giving birth to my second - like while I was in the hospital. I nursed so I worked with a lactation consultant who felt the lump and told me to wait until my 6 week appt - that it was probably nursing related. My son was in the NICU for a week and an ob from my practice would come and go. So me, the HA person, decides to mention this to the ob (not the ob I prefer to see, but she is in my practice). Did NOT feel it. Simply ordered an US. Of course, HA person I am, gets the US done after my son was released from the NICU, and I get a call telling me I need a biopsy. I freak out. The ob goes on to explain that since my mom had breast cancer (in 1998 and is alive and well), I am recommended for a biopsy even though the US looks like a fibroadenoma. Still I am completely freaked out - that is an understatement! I get the biopsy done. Breast surgeon walks in and says "saw the US - everything looks good - this is simply precautionary" - precautionary with a whole crazy amount of stress! Came back as a fibroadenoma. Went in to see my ob at my 6 week appt. The lump is COMPLETELY gone!!! I do not have it. Had I waited and listened to the lac consultant .... That was 3.5 years ago - last summer I had a similar experience to you. Felt some pain. Felt around. Felt a lump which did not feel moveable. Went to my primary care dr who is completely in the know and understanding of my anxiety (was scared to see my ob due to the story I just told). she felt it. It was extremely sore- this was maybe a week before my period - said it feels like a cyst. Don't worry about it. Cut back on caffeine and come in for a recheck after my period completely stops. (my pc is not one to jump into testing - and I like that). Ok - so I am still freaked out. I checked it every so often - even 2 days before my cycle was due to end - and I still felt it. Go in for the recheck - all is well. she has me feel it - all is well - all I feel is breast tissue. had my yearly ob appt this past feb and shared the story with him. He was totally unconcerned. Felt nothing (had the appt after my cycle ended). Said not to worry about the caffeine, the pain and lumpiness just happens with women. It is ok. Not going to hurt you. Both he and my pc told me to ONLY check my breasts after my period.
Point of all of this - I hope this brings some comfort. Drs are often quick to test often going overboard. A dr can feel quickly if it is truly bad or not. Lumpy, cystic, painful breasts are common and ok. and there was another poster in this thread who mentioned about the more she feels them and feels things and gets them checked out, the more the drs run tests ... it is true. Check them once a month. I am very sure this is nothing more than annoying cyclical cyst stuff. Hang in there! Hope this helped.