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Dr. Chip, Doctor (MD)
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I can feel a swollen vein below my breast. It is sore to the

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I can feel a swollen vein below my breast. It is sore to the touch but not severe.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Where exactly is this and how long has it been there? How do you know it's a vein?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
It is below and center of my right breast. I do not know that it is a vein, it just feels like one. It is about two inches long and is sore to the touch. I felt some pain from below my breast to above my rib cage about 2 weeks ago and then just a couple of days ago felt the vein-like protrusion.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
So it's in the area of a rib?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

yes it is

 

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
And does the rib itself seem enlarged there or almost dislocated and sticking out?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

no, no rib enlargment. the vein-like protrusion is perpendicular to the ribs.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Near the breast bone?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
yes
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
OK--sorry for all the questions but I needed to get a handle on the location. This is likely costochondritis--inflammation of the cartilage that connects the ribs to the breast bone. Just occurs sometimes and nothing serious. Usually with antiinflammtories, heat, and capsaicin cream to the area this resolves in a week or two. If necessary, a cortisone injection can help.
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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
thank doc
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I appreciate your time but the doctor who I went to see today said it is most likely an enflamed duct. I will be getting a diagnostic mammogram.
Thanks again for your time.
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 4 years ago.
Welcome--it was hard to tell if this were the chest wall or your breast.