All About Cyclical Breast Pain Mastalgia Updated: Jan 17, Pin Doctors group the different types of breast pain into three categories: cyclical, noncyclical, and extra-mammary. Cyclical breast pain - or cyclical mastalgia - is the most common type, and is thought to affect most women at some point during their life. The pain can present itself in various ways, at different times, but in general it is manageable. Read on to discover what causes this kind of breast pain, and how you might be able to stop or alleviate it. What Is Cyclical Breast Pain? Cyclical breast main is specifically pain which arises with a direct correlation to the monthly menstrual cycle.
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Save as Favorite Sign in to receive recommendations Learn more Mastalgia, more commonly known as breast pain, affects many women at some point in their lives. If your pain feels focused in one area of the breast, it can be worth checking that with ultrasound.
But pain is more likely the result of an underlying benign condition such as fibrocystic breast changes or a single cyst or fibroadenoma. Generally, mastalgia can be classified as either: Cyclic breast pain: Cyclic mastalgia affects women in their 20s, 30s, or 40s, while they are still menstruating. This pain occurs toward the end of the menstrual cycle in the week or so before you get your period. The breasts are often painful, tender, and swollen at this time, but symptoms improve at other points in the cycle.
The pain usually affects the outer and upper parts of both breasts, and it might involve your underarm area as well. Most cases of mastalgia are cyclic. It often feels like a sharpness, burning, or soreness in one area or areas of the breast instead of a generalized feeling of pain and tenderness.
This type of mastalgia is more common after menopause. The pain may be constant or it can come and go. A common cause is costochondritis, or inflammation of the junction of the bone and the cartilage portion of the rib cage, which can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen brand names: Advil, Motrin.
Tell your doctor about your symptoms, whether they worsen or improve at different times of the month, and how they affect your quality of life. Tell your doctor about any medications that you use.
Birth control pills, infertility medications, and hormone replacement therapies can cause breast pain, as can certain antidepressants. Some strategies your doctor might recommend include: Reduce consumption of caffeine. Reduce fat in the diet to less than 15 percent of total calories this may require the help of a nutritionist.
Wear a comfortable, supportive sports bra. Use a topical pain-relieving gel nonsteroidal analgesic such as diclofenac brand name: Voltaren. Take oral pain medicines such as acetaminophen brand name: Tylenol or ibuprofen brand names: Advil, Motrin. Apply warm or cool compresses when the breasts are painful. Take a multivitamin with vitamin E. Try evening primrose oil. Medications to treat the condition are under investigation. For most women, mastalgia is mild-to-moderate rather than severe and often gets better on its own without treatment.
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What are the treatments for breast pain? Use less salt. Apply local heat to the painful area. Take over-the-counter pain relievers sparingly, as needed. Avoid caffeine. Well-designed studies have not shown that avoiding caffeine can treat breast pain. However, many women report significant improvement in their symptoms when they reduce their intake of tea, coffee, chocolate, and energy drinks.
Breast pain can be cyclical, and related to the menstrual cycle, or non-cyclical. When diagnosed, a number of treatment options are available. It can range from mild to severe. Causes Mastalgia can be broken down into three separate categories: cyclic, noncyclic, an extramammary. Normal fibrocystic changes can cause breast pain, swelling, or thick areas. If hormones are causing these symptoms, they should decrease as you travel through your monthly cycle. The pain is often described as a dull, heavy aching without localization, and occurring in both breasts and into the armpit areas.
An Overview of Mastalgia
Mastalgia is breast pain. There are 2 main types of mastalgia: Cyclical breast pain. The pain is linked to menstrual periods. Noncyclic breast pain. The pain may come from the breast. Or it may come from somewhere else, such as nearby muscles or joints, and may be felt in the breast. The pain can range from minor discomfort to severely disabling pain in some cases.
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