Ask Dr Adebayo: “Painful Breast Lump”

Ask Dr Adebayo

Dr Adebayo,

I am 24 and have a lump under areola and it hurts and really hurts to the
touch. I’ve had it for over a month now. What’s causing it cause I’m too young for
menopause and I haven’t been breast feeding or pregnant for two yrs. I haven’t seen my
period but not pregnant but gained weight as if I was. What’s wrong with me?


Dear M,

I cannot say with exact precision what is wrong with you due to a lack of many details.
However, from what you have described, it appears you may have an hormonal imbalance.
The painful breast lump you have may be related to the unexplained stoppage of your

I strongly suggest you visit your gynecologist(doctor specializing in treatment of women)
for a thorough assessment.

All the best.

Dr. Adebayo


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    • D. Arlene Gilbert on September 19, 2013 at 5:35 am

    I too have a painful L-breast. I am 76 yrs old and about a month ago I noticed when I lifted my arm the nipple sunk in and when I let my arm down the nipple took a while to resume normal. Since that time I started to have pain when examining the L-breast. I now feel firm (not hard) lumps (2). Also my right breast nipple is doing what the Left one did, but there are no lumps, as far as I know. I have an appointment with my primary doctor next Wednesday 9/25. I am feeling anxious. I lost my husband to prostate cancer in 2011. His only symptom was ED. Can you advise me. Thank you so much.

    1. Hello Arlene,

      Please accept my condolences on the loss of your husband to cancer.

      Your concern in the light of your symptoms and losing your husband to cancer is very understandable. I must commend your positive step in seeking more knowledge in fighting your anxiety. For your visit to your doctor, he/she will want to fully examine you as well as do some tests to determine the nature of lump(s) you are feeling. Depending on his/her assessment, your doctor may also recommend you have a portion of the lump taken for identification to help chose the most appropriate treatment option.

      My advise to you will be for you to be courageous and follow through with your physician. Please do not be afraid to ask any questions regarding with the tests may show.

      I wish you all the best.


      Dr Adebayo

    • D. Arlene Gilbert on September 20, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Thank you Dr. Adebayo, I appreciate your comments and answer to my concerns regarding the L-breast lump. I have another question. I would rather not have x-ray where the breast is smashed. Too painful. What do you think regarding an ultrasound versus a mammogram? I hope to have it done at the Womens Imaging in Fresno, CA.
    Again, thank you for making yourself available.
    D Arlene Gilbert

    1. Hi Arlene,

      Unfortunately, an ultrasound scan cannot take the place of a mammogram. They both have their uses and often used to complement one another.

      Best regards,

      Dr Adebayo

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