I wrote a question yesterday regarding some pain/swelling in the area above my clavicle.
Luckily my GP has said it's nothing more than a very large cyst normally associated with the menstrual cycle. That got me thinking and so I found something that seems to make perfect sense to me.
Ok, so the cyst itself was quite large - large enough anyhow to cause me concern as I had NEVER experienced such a feeling of pressure or tenderness there before. That was what made me jump to the conclusion it could've been NHL (as Wikipedia has stated NHL and Hashimoto's is somewhat connected). But no luck with that as I would need to have other classic NHL symptoms such as night sweats, weight loss and swollen lymph glands in the neck/underarms/groin which I have none of. To be fair I didn't even think the lump itself was anywhere near my breast but the GP knows best and I'm glad I went as it's a pretty big cyst.
Incidentally I just looked into breast tenderness (mastodynia for the more clinical term that popped up on Wikipedia). Of course the pain/pressure/tenderness/swelling I get is cyclical, in other words it pops up in my menstrual cycle without fail. Sometimes not as bad, other times as bad as anything. This month it is pretty bad and so I thought, "hmm, well what exactly IS going on here? My period hasn't come and this pain is just...well, not unbearable but just bothersome!" I found this quote below in the paragraph regarding cyclical breast pain/tenderness, etc. that might be of useful information to anyone else with similar issues:
"Cyclical breast pain (cyclical mastalgia) is very often associated with fibrocystic breast changes or duct ectasia and believed to be caused by aberrations in dynamic
hormonal changes mainly involving prolactin response to thyrotropin."
Link for the full article on mastalgia is here if anyone wants further reading as it also includes non-cyclical breast pain, treatments for both types of pain and other points of reference:
Thyrotropin is of course TSH and this is the first time after taking a blood test that my TSH was through the roof. It stood at 22 (0.27 -- 4.2)
So I'm guessing the higher the TSH the more severe symptoms such as these become!
At least this puts my mind at rest even more.
So there you go! That's my take on it anyhow. The pain itself is more unprovoked but I'm not minding my breasts at this point in my cycle as they're larger. (I'm small chested!)
Best wishes to all