Published On: Thu, Dec 12th, 2019

Breast Pain Advice and Treatment

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Breast tenderness and pain, also called mastalgia, is a common symptom of pre-menstrual tension among many women. The pain can come and go with monthly periods (cyclic) or may be without any obvious pattern (noncyclic).

Why Breast Pain Occurs and Related Symptoms

Tender breasts can occur before a monthly period where they may become swollen and sore. Other symptoms associated with the mastalgia include abdominal bloating, fluid retention and excess oestrogen in the body. Painful breasts during the first few months of pregnancy are common, though severe pain should be discussed with a doctor. Medical advice should also be sought immediately if any lumps are found in the breast.

Breast pain can get more severe with fluctuating hormone levels or changes in any medication and is a known side effect of oral contraceptives (birth control pills). Stress can also affect breast pain. Breast pain is not a common symptom of cancer, but occasionally painful lumps are caused by breast cancer.

Cyclic and Noncyclic Breast Pain

Cyclic breast pain may be caused by the changes in hormones and the pain usually occurs in both breasts. The pain often manifests as radiating to the armpit and arm and generally most severe before a menstrual period and relieved when a period ends. Cyclic breast pain is more common in younger women and usually goes away without treatment and disappears at menopause.

Noncyclic pain is more common in women aged between 30 and 50. The pain may occur in only one breast and may be described as a sharp, burning pain. In a few cases a fibroadenoma or cyst can cause noncyclic pain.

Health Tips to Prevent Breast Pain

Breast Pain Advice and Treatment

Diet can help to treat and minimise breast tenderness caused by poor lymphatic drainage or hormone changes. Foods to avoid include alcohol, caffeine and sodium-based salt. Good foods advised for helping to prevent breast pain include broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, linseeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, tempeh and kombu seaweed. Research suggests reducing dietary fat is likely to reduce breast pain over time. A small study has shown that making this long-term dietary change significantly reduces breast pain. Increasing the intake of magnesium may relieve breast pain and vitamin E. Herbal remedies for breast pain includes the herb agnus castus.

Exercise improves circulation and aids the drainage of the lymph system. Vigorous exercise such as brisk walking, dancing, swimming and using a mini-trampoline may be helpful. Massage can also aid lymphatic drainage which can reduce swelling and pain. Wearing a sports bra during exercise may prevent breast pain and discomfort.

It is rare for breast pain to be an indication of breast cancer but it is important to monitor pain and seek medical advice if the pain is frequent or severe. Diet and exercise can be helpful in treating breast pain caused by fluctuating hormone levels and poor lymphatic drainage.

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