This morning I was in the shower and was just soaping up as usual. I was scrubbing under my left arm and sort of bumped my boob, which shouldn’t have hurt as much as it did. Anytime you hit your boobs, it’s going to be a little uncomfortable but this was pain that was not supposed to be there. So I did a self-exam and felt something new.
Obviously, finding something that could be a lump will make you uneasy. Instead of freaking out and diagnosing myself on Web MD, I am trying to stay calm and not think about it. I am going to my doctor in a week anyway and will get it checked out. According to Bright Pink, “80% of breast lumps are not cancerous” so here’s hoping that this is just something pesky that I don’t need to worry about.
I’ll keep you posted, but I wanted to pass along some information on how to know if your boobs are healthy and what you need to be looking out for.
Some swelling is normal, especially before or during your period. However, if you're experiencing abnormal swelling or a lot of swelling for no reason, it could be a sign that something is going on.
Know What The Normal Texture Is
What is "normal" when it comes to breast tissue? Normal breast tissue will feel slightly firm and may even feel lumpy toward the outer and upper part of the breast. There is a difference between the fatty, lumpy texture of breast tissue and an actual lump. Often the lower part of your breast (your underboob, if you will) will feel more soft and squishy.
Know What A Lump Feels Like
Finding a lump, as you can imagine, is pretty scary. But you need to know the difference between lumpy tissue and an actual lump. Lumps can be any shape or size, but are usually bigger than the size of a pea. It might be painful, it might not be. It might just be there because of your menstrual cycle, but if it remains through the next one, you need to call your doctor.
If you feel a sudden pain or notice a painful soreness in your breasts, pay attention to it. Your breasts may feel sore for many reasons, especially before or during your period. But make note if it's a pain that feels abnormal and make sure to see your doctor if it doesn't go away.
Check Under Your Arms And Above Your Breast
It's also important to check under your arms (like in your armpit) and above your breasts all the way up to your collarbone. You can develop lumps there as well near your lymph nodes so make sure you're doing a thorough check and look out for swelling and pain there as well.
Look Out For Other Symptoms
Other signs of an unhealthy breast (note that this doesn't scream cancer and could be signs of something else) include itching, nipple discharge, warmth or redness, bug-bite type bumps and dimpling of the skin. The key is that if you notice anything unusual, you need to make note of it and do something about it.
See A Doctor
If you're not sure that what you're feeling is normal, see a doctor. It's much better to be overly-cautious and get checked out by a professional. If you notice something and it turns out to be serious, you'll want to know early on what it is and how to treat it. When in doubt, see your doctor.
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