Know some facts why your breast pain

Know some facts why your breast pain

By UPHI Hospital, July, 25 2018

Breast pain is a very common problem related to women, which may include symptoms like soreness, heaviness, tightness or burning pangs. Generally, breast pain occurs in the upper, outer region of both breasts and sometimes, the pain spreads to the arms. The pain may be constant or it may happen occasionally.

Some facts regarding breast pain

  • Mostly, breast pain is not a sign of breast cancer.
  • Breast pain is very common in perimenopausal and premenopausal women.
  • Breast pain is usually classified as "cyclic" or cyclical and "non-cyclic" or non-cyclical.

Cyclical Breast Pain

  • Your breast pain is cyclical if it’s related to your menstrual cycle. Some of the characteristics include
  • The pain is described achy and heavy
  • Mostly, accompanied by swelling and lumpiness.
  • Usually, both breasts are affected, mainly the upper and outer portions. Sometimes, the pain can radiate to your armpits
  • Symptoms intensified during the 2 weeks prior to your period, then improve afterward
  • Mostly, affect the women in their reproductive age (20s and 30s), or women in 40s, who are approaching menopause

To improve cyclical breast pain, your doctor may advise you to take oral contraceptives. She may also suggest you cut back on caffeine and try some over-the-counter painkillers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

Hormone Levels

Generally, breast pains are related to the levels of two hormones i.e. estrogen and progesterone in your body. It is not exactly known what triggers breast pain. It may occur at different times in your reproductive life.

Fibrocystic Breast Changes

Also related to hormones, Fibrous tissue and cysts are formed in your breasts. It may be painful, however, it’s normal and generally harmless. You don’t require any treatment unless your symptoms are severe.

Noncyclical Breast Pain

Breast pain also may be caused by reasons other than hormones. It might be related to another issue when:

  • Pain is described as soreness, tightness or burning.
  • Discomfort is constant or intermittent
  • Usually, affect one breast in a particular area
  • After menopause

Some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain relief like ibuprofen can help in non-cyclical breast pain

Extramammary Breast Pain

This type of pain usually feels like it’s coming from your breasts, however, it’s actually radiating from somewhere else, mostly the chest wall. Generally, the pain improves with rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds and occasionally cortisone injections.

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