Breast pain, also known as “breast pain,” accounts for nearly half of all breast complaints. However, before jumping to horrible conclusions (breast cancer!), please read this.
If you are experiencing pain, tenderness, or increased sensitivity to touch or pressure in one or both of your breasts, we can understand that you are probably apprehensive and imagining the worst.
Well, let’s start by clarifying some facts. Breast pain alone is not an indicator of breast cancer; According to experts, breast tenderness is likely to be caused by another cause.
Here are 5 very possible reasons why your breasts may feel tender or even more painful:
Mastitis is an infection that affects the breast tissue and leads to inflammation, that is, abnormal swelling and redness of the breasts.
In most cases, it results from infection of the mammary ducts of women and occurs in nursing mothers. During breastfeeding, bacteria in a baby’s mouth can enter a woman’s breast through the nipple.
Besides breast pain, mastitis can also lead to symptoms such as:
General discomfort in the breasts.
A fever of 38.3 degrees Celsius (101 degrees Fahrenheit) or higher.
Chills, tiredness or malaise.
The skin of the chest is hot or red.
Discharge from the nipple or pus is also common.
If mastitis is left untreated, it can lead to the formation of an abscess. Once diagnosed, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics (for infections) and NSAIDs (for pain, swelling, and fever).
Finding a lump in your breast can be intimidating. However, not all tumors and masses are cancerous. One of these benign (read: non-cancerous) tumors is called a fibroid. It is most often detected in women under the age of thirty.
Fibroids are very small but look very different from the surrounding breast tissue. Its boundaries are clearly defined and can be moved under the skin. They almost feel like little balls and can have a rubbery texture.
Although the exact cause of fibroids is not yet fully known, estrogen is believed to play a role in the formation and development of these benign tumors. In addition, oral contraceptive use in women younger than 20 years of age has also been associated with an increased risk of fibroids.
These polyps can develop, especially if you are pregnant. Once they reach menopause, women often report shrinking fibroids. It is entirely possible for fibroids to resolve spontaneously on their own. However, sometimes, if they are widespread, they may require surgical removal.
A breast cyst may look like a lump, but it may actually be a small, harmless cyst in breast tissue that is actually filled with fluid rather than cancerous or noncancerous cells.
It can be found in one or both breasts and may also have signs and symptoms such as:
Breast tenderness or pain in the area of a breast cyst.
Discharge from the nipple may be clear, straw-colored, or even dark brown.
A soft, easy-to-move mass with distinct borders or edges (meaning benign in nature).
Changes in breast tenderness and lump size with your menstrual cycle.
Simple fluid-filled breast cysts are usually confirmed by ultrasound and rarely require treatment. If your symptoms are severe, your doctor may prescribe birth control or hormone therapy. Surgery is recommended in rare cases.
Cyclical breast pain, the pain that comes with the menstrual cycle, is the most common cause of breast pain. These symptoms are part of a group of symptoms, which are collectively called premenstrual syndrome or premenstrual syndrome.
Usually caused in women by normal monthly fluctuations in hormones, this pain usually occurs in both breasts. Estrogen will cause the mammary ducts to swell while progesterone will cause the mammary glands to swell – both events result in breast tenderness. Women who suffer from breast pain caused by their period often describe it as pain or heaviness in the breast that extends to the arm and armpit.
This pain is usually most severe just before your period, and often stops once your period ends. Happens most often in