In 2007, I got pregnant for the first time, and during pregnancy I started having constant excruciating breast pain. Bilateral. I was told it would go away once the baby was born. It never has, although since 2010 it now waivers between constant extreme pain and constant moderate pain.
I've seen 22 doctors now and no one has heard of what I have and there's been no diagnosis. I elected to have a breast reduction in 2008 which didn't stop the pain either.
There is ovarian, cervical and prostate cancer on one side of my family and breast cancer on the other (although, that was later in my mother's life, so not indicative of it being genetic). I was tested for the BRCA gene. I planned that if it were positive, I would have a double mastectomy and end my constant pain.
In my case, it was negative. But I, unfortunately, have had a lot of time to think about how vital breasts are not. My life and my happiness are more important to me than them. I did a lot of research and couldn't get a lot of answers. Many places on the internet indicated that they do end up damaging and/or removing some muscle as well and that weakens your arms, etc. If I had constant pain in a body part that I actually used and really needed like a foot or a hand, I'd still consider having that body part removed. To me, my breasts have always been a burden, when they were huge and I was a young woman, and in recent years because of the constant pain.
I would have elected the double mastectomy had I gotten a positive result, and I am still interested in that because of my constant pain, but insurance won't pay for it because it's not a proven health risk to me.