Painful sensation in the breast region

Symptoms of Breast Pain

The following features are indicative of Breast Pain:
  • pain or discomfort in both breasts
  • pain that commonly comes and goes with periods, but may last through the whole month
  • breasts that feel full, swollen, or heavy
  • pain or discomfort under the arms
  • thick or lumpy breasts

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Common Causes of Breast Pain

The following are the most common causes of Breast Pain:
  • large breasts
  • breast surgery
  • infertility treatments
  • oral birth control pills
  • fatty acid imbalance
  • breast cancer
  • breast cyst
  • fibroadenoma
  • fibrocystic breasts
  • injury or trauma to the breast
  • lipoma

Risk Factors for Breast Pain

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Breast Pain:
  • surgery
  • early menstrual period
  • late or no pregnancy
  • starting menopause after age 55
  • taking oral contraceptives

Prevention of Breast Pain

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Breast Pain. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • intake low fat diet
  • limit caffeine

Occurrence of Breast Pain

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Breast Pain cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Not common between 50K - 500K cases

Common Age Group

Breast Pain most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 18

Common Gender

Breast Pain most commonly occurs in the following gender:
  • Female

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Breast Pain

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Breast Pain:
  • Clinical Breast Exam: To find the presence of breast disease related symptoms
  • Mammogram: To evaluate the area of concern found during the breast exam
  • Ultrasound: To produce images of breasts
  • Breast biopsy: To check for suspicious breast lumps

Doctor for Diagnosis of Breast Pain

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Breast Pain:
  • Medical Oncologist
  • Radiation Oncologist
  • Surgical Oncologist
  • Gynaecologist

Complications of Breast Pain if untreated

Yes, Breast Pain causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Breast Pain is left untreated:
  • oral or pharyngeal mucositis
  • pain
  • xerostomia
  • dental caries
  • increased risk for opportunistic bacterial, fungal and viral infections

Self-care for Breast Pain

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Breast Pain:
  • Use hot or cold compresses: Helps relieving breast pain
  • Wear a firm support bra: Helps preventing breast pain
  • Limit or eliminate caffeine: Helps to prevent pain
  • Follow a low-fat diet: Help women with breast pain

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Breast Pain

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Breast Pain:
  • Evening primrose oil: Changes the balance of fatty acids in cells which reduces breast pain
  • Vitamin E: Relieves the breast pain associated with the menstrual cycle

Patient Support for Treatment of Breast Pain

The following actions may help Breast Pain patients:
  • Partner's Support: Women suffering from breast pain may get support from her partner

Time for Treatment of Breast Pain

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Breast Pain to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • Within 1 week

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Breast Pain.

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