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Anyone ever had this? Trying to decide whether to go to the doc or not. Guess if the lump is gone by Tuesday (when my appt) is, I won't need to, but...has this happened to anyone else?
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Please go to the Dr.

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Thanks. I have an appointment Tuesday, because my concern is that it is not mastitis at all. I was hoping this mass would just disappear by then, because it really doesn't feel like a mastitis lump - it's too far away. It's freaking me out, honestly. It's definitely not a fibrocystic lump, since I've had that for a couple years and know what those feel like. I was hoping for someone to pipe in that it happened to them before so that I wouldn't panic all weekend. I guess I'll just keep my fingers crossed that it magically disappears.
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I'll cross my fingers for you as well. I dont' think it sounds like mastitis.

Is it hard? Can you move it?

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Hey you! Congrats on the munchkin!

I hope the lump dissolves quickly for you.
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Thanks, Jane!!!

So I guess it turns out I did have mastitis and now that's all cleared up. However the weird lump is still there. It's fixed to a rib bordering the sternum at about armpit level, which isn't really near breast tissue for me nowadays (sigh, lol). It feels like part of the rib, but it definitely hasn't always been there, it's not symmetrical with the other side, and it's visible beneath the skin. However that's only the case if you look really hard, and even then it's not weirdly visible. It looks like it could belong there. It sounds scary (to me) because it's not movable and it's hard to differentiate it from the rib, but it also seems like it could just be from costochondritis or something...maybe. I don't know. I'm going to tell myself that until I find out for sure what it is. I did have what I believed was costochondritis for a few months when I was pregnant, and the pain was right in the area where the lump is now, so it seems that it could be related.
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