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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Painful Breast Lump

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced painful breast lump. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.Fibrocystic Breast Changes

    Fibrocystic change is a generalized term used to describe a variety of benign changes in the breast. Symptoms of this condition are breast swelling or pain, as well as nodules, lumpiness, or nipple discharge.

    Relapsing, lasting years

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    breast lump, hard breast lump, nipple discharge, rope-like breast lump
    Symptoms that always occur with fibrocystic breast changes:
    breast lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Breast Cyst

    A breast cyst is a fluid-filled sac (like a tiny balloon) inside the breast. Breast cysts are common in women. They might cause a little pain, but they are usually benign (not cancerous).

    Resolves with treatment but can recur

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    breast pain, breast lump, painful breast lump, movable breast lump
    Symptoms that always occur with breast cyst:
    breast lump
    Symptoms that never occur with breast cyst:
    armpit lump, fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  3. 3.Fibroadenoma

    Fibroadenomas are solid, noncancerous breast tumors that occur most often in adolescent girls and women under the age of 30. You might describe a fibroadenoma as firm, smooth, rubbery or hard with a well-defined shape.

    Chronic if left un-treated

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    breast pain, breast lump, round breast lump, movable breast lump, painless breast lump
    Symptoms that always occur with fibroadenoma:
    breast lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  4. 4.Plugged Breast Duct

    If you're making milk faster than it's getting expressed, it can get backed up in the duct. When this happens, the tissue around the duct may become swollen and inflamed and press on the duct, causing a blockage.

    Days

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    breast pain, breast lump, painful breast lump
    Symptoms that never occur with plugged breast duct:
    fever, breast redness
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Breast Abscess

    A breast infection is an infection in the tissue of the breast. Breast infections are usually caused by a common bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, found on normal skin.

    2-3 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, breast pain, signs of breast inflammation like redness, swelling or fever, fever, chills
    Symptoms that always occur with breast abscess:
    breast pain, signs of breast inflammation like redness, swelling or fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  6. 6.Intraductal Papilloma

    Breast problems such as lumps are very common and often not caused by breast cancer. An intraductal papilloma is such a benign breast lump situated in the milk ducts.

    Most often, removal of the lump is needed to prevent it from becoming cancerous on the long term.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    breast lump, painful breast lump, painless breast lump, white or clear fluid leaking from the breast, nipple lump
    Symptoms that never occur with intraductal papilloma:
    armpit lump
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  7. 7.Breast Infection (Mastitis)

    Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis), although sometimes this condition can occur in women who aren't breast-feeding.

    2-3 weeks with treatment

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, breast pain, signs of breast inflammation like redness, swelling or fever, fever
    Symptoms that always occur with breast infection (mastitis):
    breast pain, signs of breast inflammation like redness, swelling or fever
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Painful Breast Lump

  • Q.Tell me more about the lump on your breast. When rubbing your lump, can you move the lump slightly from side-to-side?
  • Q.Do you currently use estrogen as a hormone replacement therapy?
  • Q.Please indicate where the lump is located on your breast.
  • Q.Have you given birth to any children?

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Painful Breast Lump Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced painful breast lump have also experienced:

    • 7% Breast Pain
    • 7% Breast Lump
    • 4% Hard Breast Lump
  • People who have experienced painful breast lump had symptoms persist for:

    • 43% Over a Month
    • 21% Less Than a Week
    • 12% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced painful breast lump were most often matched with:

    • 33% Fibrocystic Breast Changes
    • 33% Breast Cyst
    • 33% Fibroadenoma
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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