Sore lumpy inflamed breast after stopping Progesterone - age 60
I have taken natural progesterone for about the last 15 years - mainly with Natpro cream, but when that became difficult and expensive to obtain in Europe I switched to oral gel tablets of 100mg per day. I had no problems and felt well - never had lumpy breasts.
Then for various reasons - mainly that my doctor here in France refused to prescribe them as she says my cholesterol is too high (they are obsessed with it being low here!)- I decided to stop and gradually reduced the dose over about a month and finished in early Oct. 2016.
Fast forward to new year 2017 and I began to notice some soreness in my right breast and a specific sore tiny cyst - although I could locate the same size cyst in my left breast with no soreness. Then I woke up with red patches on the breast mirroring the sore site. I got to see a doctor (not my usual) the same morning and she prescribed antibiotics and made an appt for an ultrasound and possibly a mammogram if the inflammation reduced.
When I bought the antibiotics I also obtained a tube of Progestogel which you can buy without a prescription and which I used to take for a while several years ago, before I started Natpro. I applied it that evening and the next day the red patches had disappeared and the soreness virtually gone.
I didn't put any on the next night and the soreness was back again the following day (yesterday). I applied it last night and still have some soreness today.
Today was my appt at the Radiographer - who balled me out for not having had a mammography since 2012 (I don't want to irradiate my breasts) and then the machine would not work!! so they have sent me away until next Wed.
I have already scared myself stupid at the idea of inflammatory breast cancer but having found this resource I am becoming more convinced that the problem is my lack of Progesterone after such a long time supplementing.
The other thing to note is that when I had my first child 33 years ago I had a really bad case of mastitis and had antibiotics to clear it. I have always felt a slight discomfort in the same area at pre-menstrual times and that had reduced post-menopause.
I was in 2 minds whether I should be still putting Progestogel on my breasts but I think I am going to do that in between now and the new appt for a mammogram in 5 days.
Sorry this goes on a bit but has anyone else experienced anything similar or have any comments to make. I am trying not to spend the next 5 days living in panic!
Many thanks in anticipation