Bruise on breast, freaking out.
Back in December, my mom noticed a bruise on the side of my left breast while I was wearing a dress. I would've never noticed if she didn't say anything. I noticed on my right breast there's what looks like a bruise (almost in the same area) except it's very faded and hard to see. I put random ointment I had at home on it but nothing so I went to the doctor 2 weeks ago. At first look, she said she thinks it's a fungal infection so she gave me a cream for 2 weeks which I've been using. I don't think I've noticed any serious changes besides it getting somewhat lighter (but I can't be positive honestly cause sometimes it looks lighter, sometimes the same. Im 24, african american, the only disease in my family is diabetes (both of my parents) but that's it. Prior to going to the doctor, I had a lot of itching around my breast and body as a whole. I also experienced some sharp pain in the breast that same week. Idk if I was psyching myself out but at the time I was also having shoulder pain (none now). Since I've been using the cream, the itching has decreased ALOT and now it just happens randomly (like twice a day for 2 secs), so nothing like before. When I itched it of course I had redness but now I don't since I'm not as itchy. This week, I've noticed a small lumpy feeling near the bruise. It feels solid and when I press down on it, it hurts a little as if I had hurt it before. My period will be starting this week so idk if that's related.
I also want to add, I had a similar experience in HS (about 8 years ago). I had shoulder pain and I felt a lump. Had an ultrasound and was told it was breast tissue. This is the first time I've had a similar issue since then. The bruise along with this shoulder pain is what has me freaking out the most. Does anyone experience this or have any idea? My follow-up is this week so I might get sent to do an ultrasound but any idea on what this could be? Google has been telling me the worst things.
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I've felt better this past week! I just received my results today. It says "The radiologist's report has been sent to your doctor indicating the results of the study are within normal limits but suggests you contact your doctor for further evaluation and their recommendations for follow-up.". It's the weekend so I won't be able to reach out until Monday. Does anyone know if it's normal for me to be told to reach out to my doctor?
@queenlala101 Just what you didn't want to hear on a Friday afternoon, right?! While it sounds scary, the report is from the radiologist, who is responsible for reading the exam done on you. That person will not and doesn't have the authority to steer you to the next step. That is your doctor's responsibility. Being within normal limits is a good thing. In my experience, several times the radiologist has said that.
Your doctor will hopefully review everything with you, and suggest a course of action. Watching for continued/further symptoms, perhaps. Keep up your journal of what you experience, so it won't be overwhelming, plus it will get the big concerns out of your head.
Do something fun this weekend, take time for yourself! What might that be?