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Forum Name: Breast Cancer

Question: Inflammed, swollen breast


 sthroat - Sun Jul 16, 2006 4:15 am

I'm a 38 year old female. 3 Days ago my right breast became quite suddenly (within hours) very painful, inflammed and swollen in the evening (I couldnt sleep because of the pain). I have been sleeping for the past 3 days in a very uncomfortable bed on my right side, which I never do - not sure if this makes any difference. I went to see my doctor the next day and was told that may be breast abscess and I was given erythromycin which I started taking the same day. The same day in the evening I also developed low grade fever, chills, cold/flu like symptoms which passed the next day. The pain in my breast also disappeared but the swelling is still there - slighly reduced but not so much. I don't have any swollen lymph nodes in my armit or anywhere near. I'm feeling absolutely exhausted. I have been on antiobiotics for 2 days now. I was told that if it doesn't get better, I will need the abscess drained. I am not breastfeeding. My breasts are both very lumpy and have always been. My grandmother on my father's side died of breast cancer when she was in her 70s. I'm terrified that this is inflammatory breast cancer and that the doctor who didn't really take a lot of time to examine me has misdiagnosed it. Please help!!
 Theresa Jones, RN - Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:47 am

User avatar Hi sthroat,
Typical signs or symptoms that may suggest a breast abcess may include fever, chills, general unwell feeling, breast pain, tenderness redness, etc. Treatment consists of antibiotic therapy. Generally speaking, after the course of antibiotics are completed, symptoms subside. When symptoms do not improve or subside during or after treatment this would definitely raise concern and warrant the need for further diagnostics. Inflammatory breat cancer may present with discoloration of the breast, ie., pink, red, dark colored areas. Warmth, itching, pain, may be present as well as occurrence enlargement of the breast. Again if symptoms don't improve or there is any question regarding the etiology, have a re-evaluation completed.
Sincerely,
Theresa Jones, RN

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