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Fibrocystic Cysts?
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bmcgovern - March 3

I went to get a pap smear and breast checked and the doctor said she thinks it is a Fibrocystic cyst. Does anyone else have this? It's on the left breast on the side a little under the armpit. I am going to get it checked with a mammogram to make sure its nothing serious.


Canada17 - March 3

I found the following information you may find helpful:

"Fibrocystic changes are benign breast changes. The medical literature used to refer to them as "fibrocystic disease," but that was before fibrocystic changes were found to be no more a disease than menstruation or menopause. The breast tissue may feel dense with an irregular area of thicker tissue with a lumpy or ridge-like surface. You might also feel tiny bead-like masses scattered throughout the breasts."

(I have always had lumpy breasts.)

"Some women with fibrocystic changes develop cysts in their breasts. A cyst is a fluid-filled sac that is usually smooth, firm, movable and sometimes tender like a water balloon without the water. The cyst will generally increase in size before the menstrual period and decrease afterwards. A large cyst may be round and feel a bit like an eyeball when pressed with the eyelid closed.

If the lump is a cyst, as is the case 95% of the time, it will collapse once the fluid is removed. If it's a complex cyst, the next step is an ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration that would likely cause the cyst wall to collapse."

When I was 18 I had a benign tumor removed. Whether or not this is related to my Fibromyalgia, I don't know. I do know that my Fibro makes the tenderness more painful.


bmcgovern - March 4

Thanks for replying. The fibro sure does make it a lot more tender. I am still going to get it checked to be positive, but everything you described like the thicker tissue and lumpy or ridge like surface is what it feels like. It hurts to touch and it seems to hurt more the week before my period.


Canada17 - March 4

If you are sent for a mammogram (and you very well may be to ensure everything is ok) be prepared that it may hurt.

When I was 18 I had one done. Re: the lump. The technician said it wouldn't hurt at all. I think she had only done them on older women who's breasts were no longer firm and supple as my 18-year old boobies. She scoffed at me as I was holding my breath because as she said, "Oh, that doesn't hurt."

No, of course, putting your already tender breasts in a vice grip shouldn't hurt! Are you kidding me!? I almost passed out! She could only do them one way, they are supposed to squish top to bottom and then side to side. I literally sat with my head between my knees for 20 minutes before I could leave the exam room.

It is a necessary procedure when you find a lump to have a mammogram done. And, I am not telling you to scare you. But, if the technician or doctor tells you that it doesn't hurt, they are lying.

I know my pain was only amplified by my Fibro and that at that point in my life even I didn't know I had it but it still hurt like hell. If you have pain medication, definitely take some before the exam.


bmcgovern - March 5

Thanks for the info. I have heard they don't feel good and i don't want the pain from it but its worth it make sure everything is ok. We all already deal with pain so i guess a little more won't hurt lol.


bmcgovern - March 25

I went to a specialist in examining the breast yesterday and he checked mine out where i was having the pain and its nothing to worry about. He said its the the tissue in the breast that can be painful and told me to try vitamin E. I am so relieved that it's nothing serious. Just thought i would let ya know everything is ok. Thanks for all the helpful information Canada17. :)


moosiejean - June 2

Yes, I have actually had 2 cysts removed about 10 years apart from each other and they were all benign! Dr's said that this was common! Now when I go for a mammogram they automatically give me a ultrasound also! And yes the lumps do get more tender closer to your period. Don't worry everything will be fine! :)


Fantod - June 3

Fibrocystic breasts are characterized by lumpiness and usually discomfort in one or both breasts. The condition is very common and benign, meaning that fibrocystic breasts are not malignant (cancerous). Fibrocystic breast disease (FBD), now referred to as fibrocystic changes or fibrocystic breast condition, is the most common cause of "lumpy breasts" in women and affects more than 60% of women. The condition primarily affects women between the ages of 30 and 50 and tends to become less of a problem after menopause.


cheri21157 - June 5

I have fibrocystic cysts. I go to a breast surgeon every 6 months just to be on the safe side. I definitely would get them checked out.



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