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Old Oct 17th, 2013, 21:21 PM   1
HockeyWife86
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IBC Breast Worry. Please Read. Freaking out!


Hi Ladies,

I am hoping someone has or had something similar with a very normal outcome.

over the last week or so (i think)i noticed some changes on my breats.

I have the swollen skin on the inside of both breasts and underneath.
Is red/warm, pitted and thick skin and slight burning sensation.
Doctor has put me on antibiotics firstly for mastitis (non nursing) but i am SCARED.
Everything i google comes up with IBC but i can't get any doc to take me seriously because i am 26 years old. Problem is my mother had breast cancer in her 40's.
I am 18 weeks pregnant. My breasts went from a/b to E already!
At first i thought it was from the bra's i was wearing, but i have not had a bra on at all for the past 2 days and no change, still ridged under the breasts (old stretch marks are very raised and under the breasts is very dark red) and dimple skin on the inside of the breast. Outside and top of the breasts are fine (right now) and i have no fever
Just looking for some hope while i go through this course of antibiotics so stop myself from freaking out so much.



 
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Old Oct 17th, 2013, 21:33 PM   2
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First off, being pregnant does TONS Of changes on our breasts, and thought your not nursing, your breast are getting ready to produce milk. At 18 weeks, its possible you may even have colostrum and not even noticed it. So Mastitis is possible, don't goggle.

My breast have period where they don't hurt at all, than for a month they are sore every day. I started leaking colostrum with my daughter around 18 weeks, with this one I was by 9 weeks. there are a lot of changes going on in our breasts theses days, after all they have a big job ahead of them if you decide to breastfeed.



 
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Old Oct 17th, 2013, 22:32 PM   3
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I would go to the er. I had the same symptoms and they took me immediately. It turned out to be nothing but with ibc time is of the essence.



 
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Old Oct 17th, 2013, 22:50 PM   4
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I would go to the er. I had the same symptoms and they took me immediately. It turned out to be nothing but with ibc time is of the essence.
They have told me to wait out the antibiotics which i understand but yes time is essential.
What tests did they do to rule it out? What did it end up being?

I keep getting told it "might" be from the pregnancy or an infection. But i can't understand how when it is just the skin



 
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Old Oct 17th, 2013, 23:50 PM   5
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"What is mastitis?
Mastitis is an infection in one of the mammary ducts in your breasts. If you have mastitis, you may notice that areas of your breasts are:
•red
•hard
•sore
•hot
•swollen
You may also feel a lump, which is often referred to as a blocked duct.

You may also have flu-like symptoms, such as:
•chills
•a headache
•a temperature
•exhaustion
If you find yourself with mastitis, you're not alone. About one in 10 breastfeeding moms get it and some bottle-feeding moms do too.

http://www.babycenter.ca/a251/mastitis#ixzz2i2tyFQ16"

Sounds like this....

IBC, is rare... Thought the symptoms FOR It are similar to mastis, it would be rare for IBC to spring up while you are pregnant. So treating with antibiotics is a good choice. (it also tends to be more common in seniors, than young adults).

Does breast cancer run in your family otherwise?

Anyways -- I will post this, as it is a bit of a blurb on how it is "tested" for IBC.. Thought I really do believe you are not a concern for this...

"3.How is inflammatory breast cancer diagnosed?


Inflammatory breast cancer can be difficult to diagnose. Often, there is no lump that can be felt during a physical exam or seen in a screening mammogram. In addition, most women diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer have non-fatty (dense) breast tissue, which makes cancer detection in a screening mammogram more difficult. Also, because inflammatory breast cancer is so aggressive, it can arise between scheduled screening mammograms and progress quickly. The symptoms of inflammatory breast cancer may be mistaken for those of mastitis, which is an infection of the breast, or another form of locally advanced breast cancer.

To help prevent delays in diagnosis and in choosing the best course of treatment, an international panel of experts published guidelines on how doctors can diagnose and stage inflammatory breast cancer correctly. Their recommendations are summarized below.

Minimum criteria for a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer include the following:

A rapid onset of erythema (redness), edema (swelling), and a peau d’orange appearance and/or abnormal breast warmth, with or without a lump that can be felt.
The above-mentioned symptoms have been present for less than 6 months.
The erythema covers at least a third of the breast.
Initial biopsy samples from the affected breast show invasive carcinoma.
Further examination of tissue from the affected breast should include testing to see if the cancer cells have hormone receptors (estrogen and progesterone receptors) or a mutation that causes them to make greater than normal amounts of the HER2 protein (HER2-positive breast cancer).

Imaging and staging tests should include the following:

A diagnostic mammogram and an ultrasound of the breast and regional (nearby) lymph nodes.
A PET scan or a CT scan and a bone scan to see if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Proper diagnosis and staging of cancer helps doctors develop the best treatment plan and estimate the likely outcome of the disease, including the chances for recurrence and survival.
"http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Sites-Types/IBC



 
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Old Oct 17th, 2013, 23:53 PM   6
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However, in doubt. Definitely seek a second opinion if your not comfortable with your first response.



 
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 00:31 AM   7
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However, in doubt. Definitely seek a second opinion if your not comfortable with your first response.
Thank you,
My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early 40's.

This has been sudden (i think) i didn't notice the thickening of the skin until last sat and when pressed the skin would dimple. Now it just has a dimpled appearance without touching the skin surface.

It cover the whole underside of both breasts as well as the inside (cleavage) of both breasts. Almost where they would rub together if touched.

I have been told they won't do anything until i finish the course of antibiotics. If no change then they will look at further testing.

Thanks to the pregnancy hormones i am a wreck. Hoping that in a weeks time i can be embarrassed to say it was nothing.



 
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 00:45 AM   8
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I've had mastitis and it sound very like it. Try not to worry as soon as the antibiotics are done you will know more and least your aware of it and have seemed advice x



 
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 00:45 AM   9
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Old Oct 18th, 2013, 01:09 AM   10
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Seeked*
When you has mastitis was it more in the skin then the actual breast (can't explain this well)
I can't pinch my skin on the breast as it is very thick.



 
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