Breast pain: 8 common causes of pain in the Breast ,So Today on Health Matters we will be discussing on the causes of pain in the breast, some african stereotypes claim it has something to do with Ageing, actually it doesn’t and that is why we are going to be Educating you on 8 Common causes of Pain in the Breast, I am sure you want to know, so read on.
First I will have to clear the Air caused by this stereotype, “Pain in the Breast is sometimes as a result of old age”, No.. I repeat No, Breast pain has never Ever occurred in a woman as a result of old Age! Many Women from around the world have reported case of having pain in the breast also known as Mastalgia in different Medical institutions, please note that Pain in the Breast can occur before and after Menopause, however it’s common among young women during menstruation or should i say menstrual period.
Medical research has it that nearly 70% of Women report Pain in the Breast while the remaining 30% require medical attention (treatment),kindly note that the severity and Location of pain in the breast can vary, some women may experience it on the left breast, some in the right. in most cases it occurs on both sides of Breast and under Arm, The range of pain in the breast varies from Tenderness, hard, burning sensations to sharp or tightening of Tissues inside the breast.
Note: Hormonal Changes like menstruation,pregnancy, lactation and Menopause can determine the kind of Pain felt in the Breast.
Table of Content.
- Breast pain: 8 common causes of Pain in the Breast
- Cyclic and Non – Cyclic Pain
- How to Manage Breast Pain
Breast Pain: 8 Common causes of Pain in the Breast.
The fellow in are 8 Common causes of Pain in the Breast.
1. Breast Surgery
Its important you should know that undergoing breast surgery can lead to pain in the breast.
This is because the breast tissues can be scarred in the process thereby leading to pain in the breast, in most cases its severe.
Costochonditis is a kind of arthritis that occurs in the region where the breastbone and the rib connect. The excruciating pain from this condition can be mistaken as an actual breast Pain due to its occurrence in the breast region, this form of arthritis is usually common among old women from 45 and Above, it is also quiet common among people with poor standing postures.
3. Fibrocystic Changes in The Breast
Women who are premenopausal and those undergoing postmenopausal hormone treatment may start developing lumpy, tender swollen breast as a result of buildup fluid.
This harmless condition of the breast is called Fibrocystic and its one of the factors contributing to pain in the breast.
4. Improperly fitted bra (poorly worn Bra)
Women who take their time to wear their Bra and wear it properly stand a chance to escape pain in the breast, an improperly fitted or poorly worn bra can cause Breast pain.
Mastitis is usually common among Lactating mothers and it is a result of an infection in the breast due to clogged up milk duct. However it is not a condition that applies only to breast feeding mothers.
Fever, Headache, Tiredness coupled with breast changes, E.g Warmth, Redness, swelling of the breast and severe pain are possible symptoms of Mastitis.
6. Overdosage or Too Much Medications.
Self treatment (drug abuse) can lead to Overdosage. Overdosage and too much medications can lead to Breast pain.
Below are Medications that can contribute to pain in the breast
- Mathyldopa (Aldomet)
- Infertility treatments
- Spironolacton (Aldactone)
- Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitor
- Digitalis Preparations
- Oral Hormonal Contraceptives
- Postmenopausal estrogen and progesterone preparations
People with Breast pain should endeavor to pay their doctor a visit to know if Medication taking against breast Pain has taken effect.
7. Breast Cancer
Breast Cancer as it is do not cause pain in the breast, Inflammatory breasts and turmours encourage severe pain in the breast.
Young Women especially pregnant or breast feeding mothers should contact their doctor when they experience.
- A lump in the breast
- Pain or Lump that is not resolved following a period
- Nipple discharge,bloody clear or otherwise
- Breast pain without a known cause or pain that does not disappear.
- Symptoms consistent with a breast infection E G Pus, Fever
8. Breast Cyst
God created women with different breast size, however some women tend to develop breast pain when they develop milk duct in the breast or different gland changes can lead to Breast cyst.
Breast Cyst can be identified as a fluid filled sac, it’s usually tender and firm in some women, it may or may not cause pain, it enlarges in the breast as time goes on and slowly disappears one’s Menopause is reached in most women.
Cyclic and Non – Cyclic Breast Pain
Breast pain can be divided into two classes known as;
- Cyclic Breast Pain
- Non Cyclic Breast pain
Cyclic Breast pain can be discribed as pain that matches with Hormonal changes during the menstrual period. This pain is usually severe in the first two weeks before a period.
This kind of Breast pain is responsible for about 75% of Breast complaints, Cyclic breast pain usually occurs with women in their 20’s,30’s and 40’s, it occurs in the upper area of the breast and sometimes underarms.
Women who experience severe breast Pain often report Fibrocystic changes after medical checkups, lumpiness,redness, thickened area of the breast tissues, it usually disappears after Menstruation.
Non – Cyclic Breast Pain
Unlike Cyclic breast pain, non cyclic breast Pain has nothing to do with Menstrual cycle, it tends to occur in Postmenopausal women, mostly in their 40’s and 50’s.
This Pain the breast can be described as constant tightening, burning sensations, soreness. It usually occurs in one side of breast and can be caused by trauma or Injury.
How to Manage Breast Pain
It is important that women should contact their doctors whenever they feel discomfort of any sort in the breast region, they should ask questions like: What causes pain the breast? So as to get possible answers as it will help them i there is need for worry or not.
Ways to Manage Breast pain
- Avoid wearing undersized bra, wearing a supportive bra through out the day, a comfortable sports bra for sports, consider wearing supportive bra to sleep, it helps you reduce the risk of having pains in the breast.
- Try as much as possible in limiting your intake of Caffeine, examples of caffeine include tea, coffee, chocolate , soft drinks etc.
- Applying hot or cold compress to the breast
- Try to consume food with low fat diet, take more of dietary fruits,vegetables and grains.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Taking Vitamins, Examples Vitamin B6, B1 and Vitamin E
- Try relaxation method to relieve stress, anxiety and tension
- Considering cyst aspiration or drainage if recommended
- Keeping a symptom journal to know if pain is Cyclic or Non cyclic
Women should learn to contact their doctors before undergoing any form of self medication to know if they are appropriate. In some cases, people tend to need immediate medical attention for their breast Pain.
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