Heavy feeling left breast

Hi everyone, 

I am new here and terrified. I was referred to the breast clinic 2 weeks ago (I have an appointment on Wednesday afternoon). 
My nipple on my left breast, sometimes looks slightly more inwards compared to the right. It will retract by itself and I can retract it if needed (the GP said that was a good sign because if there was anything sinister, you wouldn’t be able to coax the nipple out). I have also been having some breast pain in the same breast, mainly on the upper and lower outer quadrant with some pain going into my armpit and my shoulder. The pain isn’t as bad as it was but I think my left breast feels abit heavier and fuller than my right. 

My left breast does appear to be abit more lumpier than my right breast and I am not sure if it feels ever so slightly firmer than my left. Or if I am just over panicking myself. 

I did the worst thing and went to google and self diagnosed myself and now I cannot stop. I’m terrified this heaviness / fullness feeling is something bad. 

I am 30 years old, I have no family history of BC. I do have dense breasts apparently according to the breast team when I saw them a few months back for a lump in my right armpit, which I was given the all clear. I am trying for a baby and my menstrual cycle is due anytime now. 

Has anyone had anything similar? 

sending everyone so much love x

  • Hi Rosebey,

    Welcome to the forum. I'm sorry to hear of your worries - this is of course perfectly natural when waiting for appointments, and there will be many others here who have gone through something similar. Hopefully as a result you'll get some more replies here soon.

    It sounds like you've had a bit of reassurance so far from the doctor, and it's also good that you've seen them recently as well. It's not too long now to wait for the appointment - try to avoid any Googling in the meantime, as a lot of the information will be irrelevant, and it only tends to increase the worries.

    Keep busy while you wait, and I hope you're able to hear more soon.

    Wishing you all the best,

    Cancer Chat Moderator

  • Hi Rosebey,

    A very warm welcome to our forum.

    I am not a doctor, but from reading posts on this forum, I have gleaned that many women have lumpy breasts and it is also a fact that the breasts of younger women are denser than those of older women. This is why younger women don't often have a mammogram, because their dense breasts don't show up well with this type of scan. It does sound as if your GP is not too concerned about your symptoms, which is reassuring. Breast pain is seldom associated with breast cancer and this can appear at certain times of the month.

    I see that our moderator Ben, has already advised you to steer clear of google. I know that it is tempting to look things up, but most of the cases mentioned are aimed at the more spectacular ones, won't apply to you, don't give you any answers, but scare you even more. It is a fact that only 20% of those referred to the breast clinic will get a breast cancer diagnosis, so the odds are still in your favour..

    I am glad to see that your appointment is almost here. I sincerely hope that nothing untoward is found. Please keep in touch and let us know how you get on. We are always here for you.

    Kind regards,

    Jolamine xx