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Need advice - breast lump (fibroadenoma) and pain

26 Nov 2021 23:35


i have had a breast lump for about 5 years, it's around the size of half a grape. I went for an ultrasound 3 years ago and they diagnosed me with a benign fibroadenoma. It's been fine and painless until the past few weeks, I've had an intense throbbing burning pain in it that's gradually got worse. It comes and goes throughout the day and keeps me awake at night. Painkillers don't really help.

I went to my GP last week and they gave me some antibiotics saying it may be an infected cyst, however these haven't helped at all and it continues to worsen. 
I guess what I want to know is how accurate are these ultrasounds and does this sound like a sign of breast cancer? I have no known family history of it.

do you think I should go back to the GP and ask for another ultrasound?

thank you in advance Happy

Need advice - breast lump (fibroadenoma) and pain

27 Nov 2021 15:12 in response to Lauryn9909

I have a fibrodenoma, no biopsy done, just an ultrasound, mine was found on a CT Scan april 2020,  for which I was sent to the breast clinic they gave me an ultrasound, like yours mine has being painless, I did not even know it was there, it about 2.7cms but occasionally I do get the throbbing and burning sensation I did wonder if this was because it was getting bigger, I've not had mine checked since.

Need advice - breast lump (fibroadenoma) and pain

28 Nov 2021 07:38 in response to Lauryn9909

Hello, I was diagnosed with a fibroadenoma too about 5 years ago also. I was never given a biopsy just had an ultrasound. Like you I always worry that they could be wrong because of that reason. I always get a lot of pain in that area but I have read lots of people get pin in their fibros. Normally mine is around my menstrual cycle but it can happen outside of the menstrual cycle too. I always keep an eye on if the lump changes but if never has done. Hope you are ok x

Need advice - breast lump (fibroadenoma) and pain

28 Nov 2021 10:07 in response to Mumma123

I've had a hysterectomy, ( womb cancer) so it's not hormonal for me, I can't have HRT, so I'm baffled at getting a burning sensation and general achness like before a period pain, I've assumed it because of the fibro too, don't know if it's because it pushes on the breast tissue around it, I was told to take my bra off to give them a rest, then told I was not wearing one enough.

Need advice - breast lump (fibroadenoma) and pain

29 Nov 2021 10:01 in response to Lauryn9909

Hello and thanks for posting

I am sorry to hear about the symptoms you are having and appreciate these can be a worry.

Fibroadenomas can be painful sometimes and there could be other reasons for this breast pain but most will be harmless and aren't commonly linked to breast cancer.

You have done the right thing seeing your GP and it is reasonable for them to give a course of antibiotics in case it was due to infection. However as they haven't helped I would suggest you do go back to your doctor to see if they can refer you to the breast clinic just to be on the safe side and for your peace of mind.

All the best


Need advice - breast lump (fibroadenoma) and pain

29 Nov 2021 10:23 in response to Leilani23

Hello there

Fibroadenomas are common, harmless and usually don't cause any problems. From time to time they can be painful especially around the monthly cycle but then often settles again.

If you are concerned about any changes within your breast then do speak to your GP about it so they can reassess you and if needed refer you back to the breast unit.

Take care


Need advice - breast lump (fibroadenoma) and pain

29 Nov 2021 10:42 in response to Mumma123

Hi and thanks for the post

It's understandable that people worry if they still have a lump in their breast, but it's great that you're keeping an eye on it- 5 years is a long time  and there would by now have been other changes if it hadn't been a fibroadenoma.

Fibroadenomas are more easily identified in younger women, so it's not unusual not to have had a biopsy - if it had looked a bit different and wasn't easily identifiable, you would certainly have then  had the biopsy.

All the best