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lactation from an early age.

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  • Posted By: axewound
  • January 31, 2009
  • 07:26 AM

Hello all,
I am currently 20 years old and wondering if anyone can help me figure out a mystery that has plagued me since my childhood.
Since I was 13 years old, I have lactated when pressure is applied to my nipples. I first noticed around the time I began my period; it's a white, sometimes yellowish liquid that sometimes squirts and other times just oozes when I pinch my nipples. I told my mother about it when I was younger but I think she wrote it off, not knowing what to think.
A little medical history:
I have been diagnosed with ADD and clinical depression and have been on just about every name brand anti-depressant on the market, starting when I was 14 or 15 years old. Around the same time I also started on birth control, and have been on about three different brands. (NOTE: I started BC pills a few years after I first noticed the lactation.) I am currently being tested for Executive Functioning Disorder by my therapist. This may be pointless information, but I'm hoping that someone might recognize a symptom or two that could pull the puzzle together.
I have discussed this matter with several doctors, and am usually told that it's "probably a side effect of the BC", "it's nothing to be worried about" or I am written off in some other way. I also used to browse the internet searching for things like "lactation without pregnancy" or "lactation from an early age" to no avail, so after a while I just gave up.
I recently brought it to the attention of a new Doctor, who seemed appalled that no one else payed attention to this symptom. She said it could be caused by a "pituitary tumor" or something similar.
Can anyone tell me anything about this, or at least give me some other possibilities? Does anyone have any knowledge about or experience with lactation at an early age? Could it possibly just be lactation for no reason or is it certain that this is a symptom of a larger problem?
The reason I am writing this is because I'm currently wringing my hands with worry of what this could mean, and cursing myself for not pursuing my questions with more conviction earlier in my life. I am awaiting the blood test with baited breath, but I want to prepare myself for the worst or at least be informed about what this could mean.
No matter how you slice it, "tumor" is never a happy word.
Please help.

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