Breast and underarm pain

April 3, 2018 - 16:06

I have been having sharp breast pain for the past 2 months. The pain has now spread to my underarm and into my back, between my shoulder blades. I went to my GP over 3 weeks ago and she sent a referral for a mammagram but I haven't heard anything back. GP examined and couldn't find any lumps. I have rang private breast clinics to see how much it would be to see a consultant and have a mammagram. Unfortunately it's too expensive for me at the moment.

My pain is getting worse and it's affecting my sleep. I'm waking up several times with the pain. If I presented myself to an A&E department would they do anything for me? Would they preform a mammagram or ultrasound?

Thank you.

April 4, 2018 - 11:34

Dear Whoopseydaisy,
Thank you for your message. It can take up to 12 weeks to be seen in rapid access clinics from time of referral. A presentation to A&E would have you examined by a doctor. They may choose to do an x-ray, but with an existing pending appointment for mammogram, may be less likely to perform this scan in the emergency department. They may perform an ultrasound, but I cannot ensure this, it will depend on the medical judgement made by the examining physician. It can be a very worrying time while waiting for tests. If you would like to discuss further, don’t hesitate to call the Nurseline on 1800 200 700.

Kind regards,
Cancer Nurseline

April 6, 2018 - 23:39

I also have breast and armpit pain which I went to see GP just over to weeks ago in which she found 2 lumps I was referred to mater for mammogram which was done today the 6th but was told things feel ok and results would be 3 to 4 weeks before I get them in wonder could this be the case as I am worried what the lumps are