'It's Always Something' . . .Roseannadanna used to say.
It's always something when it comes to my breast health and wellness. For the past several weeks, I have been experiencing breast pain and then I found a lump or two. What? Yes, during the busiest time of my new product launch for #CRISSCROSSIntimates wouldn't you know it, I experienced breast pain and found a lump! Dealing with traumatic ongoing breast issues seems to be my calling in life so I just roll with it as most #Survivors learn to do.
Days before my Nashville trip the pain was so severe I found myself driving past my medical group and drove right into the local ER to get checked out. The pain was that bad. I went thru a series of tests and because it was on a Sunday they insisted I run over to the hospital for additional tests and screening. I was cleared of heart, breast and PE (pulmonary embolism) which is where they were leading and freaking me out that day. D-dimer test (blood clot), chest x-rays, EKG, blood labs all came back negative but I still had pain. They claimed it could be a pulled chest muscle, agreed to send me home and rest but that didn't resolve the issue.
Did I really pull a chest or breast muscle when I barely have much breast tissue left after bi-lateral mastectomy? I just found that hard to believe but tried to absorb that news since it was positive and encouraging results. I then traveled on to my upcoming trade shows in Nashville and to NYC over the next few weeks, careful not to carry or lift to much on my own. The pain had subsided a little and but then it escalated with "STRIKING" pain especially when I laid down to sleep. What in the world was this?
My Pain Woke Me Up! Yes, it was deja-vous as I wrote back in my trilogy series. I felt a small lump between my breasts when I laid down. So I went back to my primary physician and he felt a small lump. Okay I wasn't crazy but now I was getting concerned. Why do I have a traveling lump that seems to move around in my chest? Is this what I had a few weeks ago? I was advised if it's moves around it's probably "good news". Most likely not cancerous but could be a cyst and advised to seek an ultrasound.
Today I did that and learned about Breast Necrosis. I never heard of the word "necrosis" let alone what it meant. The distinguishing factors between breast fat necrosis and breast cancer are as follows;
"After breast surgery or after a breast injury—from sports, accidents, or a seat belt burn—you may develop a lump in your breast. These types of breast lumps are called breast fat necrosis because they are made of bruised, injured, or dead fatty tissue.
Unfortunately, breast fat necrosis is a common problem and poses a challenge to physicians and women alike. The problem with fat necrosis in the breast is that it often looks and feels like breast cancer, and can look like breast cancer on a mammogram even though it is benign. In fact, the symptoms can be terrifying if you are familiar with the symptoms of breast cancer. Some people are frightened, wondering how their doctors can be sure they "only" have breast fat necrosis.
Fat necrosis may take many forms and can be hard to diagnose. Let's take a look at the symptoms, causes, and treatments for breast fat necrosis, and how you and your doctor can determine that this is what's causing your lump."
You can learn more https://www.verywell.com/breast-fat-necrosis-430691 in this recent article I'd like to share to help educate others. We always associate lumps with benign breast cysts or breast cancer. Whoever thinks of breast fat or dead fat cells to cause breast lumps - so as Roseannadanna says - it's always something!