Strange sensations in armpit and breast - completely panicking :(

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Hello just wondering if anyone can give me some advice. A few months back i noticed a dull ache/pain in my left armpit area and it felt a bit lumpy. i went to the doctors and i was examined. They said it was all hormonal and that i had some hormonal lumpiness of the axillary tail (little tiny lumps like rice pudding). I went back a week later and it was all gone (after period). This was in August and i hadnt had it since but now its back but different this time. I have the pain in my armpit again and occasionall shooting pains in left breast but it also feels like ive pulled a muscle or something. You know the feeling when youve pulled a muscle and it aches on certain movements? well when i reach for something occasionally i get this pulled feeling which feels like its behind my left breast if that makes sense. This has been present a week before my period and im now on my period.

I also have occasional pains in my right breast but its mostly the left. Ive read that cyclical breast pain (hormonal breast pain) affects both breasts at the same time but my left is definately 90% worse than the right.

Im getting really worried and as i have major health anxiety problems anyway, its making me feel physically ill. Ive got a little boy whose one and im just imagining him growing up without me. My maternal grandmother AND grandfather have had breast cancer sad Ive had my breasts examined 3 times since august with this problem and no lumps have been found.

Could this just be hormonal? Even though is worse in the left breast/armpit. Could the pulled muscle/stitch feeling be anxiety?

thank you for reading, sorry its so long. x

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    Hi Nicola,

    I have the same exact thing.  I went for a mammo and breast exam, both clear.  The pain for me is deffinitly related to hormones as it comes and goes based on my period and even, at times, ovulation.  The pain you described is exactly what I am experiencing, left side mostly, feels like a pulled muscle, both underarm and in breast.  My doctor sent me to a specialist who wants an MRI on my shoulder to rule out nerve damage.  I think it's a waist of time since it's obviously hormone related.

    I would say that if you haven't already, you should get a mammogram just to rule out anything serious.  A few women have mentioned taking evening primerose oil as it has helped with both the underarm pain as well as the breast pain.  I just bought it and am going to give it a try.  If my MRI comes back negative, then I may go see a breast specialist for followup.  I'll keep you posted. 

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    hi, I/m 19 and ive just found this thread from browsing on the internet for someone thats experienced something like me, two weeks ago i woke up with ths dull ache in my right arm, the pain was so horrible and every since my armpit feels strange like its under pressure, its hard to explain. Sometimes i get a shooting pain or pain in my breast randomly which doesnt stay. I'm hoping its hormones, i feel I am under a lot of stress recently and this can cause all types of things. The pain came back last night but not nearly as bad as 2 weeks ago. Also the first time I got it, I also got my period as well. Would be great if you could replysmile I will go to the GP about it for piece of mind.
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    This is exactly the same as the pain I have had on and off for almost a year. January 2016 is when I distinctly recall getting worried. And most of February. A lot in September, and really bad now too.

    In exactly the same boat with young children, age 2 and 4 and imagining the worst sad

    Has anyone found out what this is? The pain feels muscular.

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