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Breast Pain

  • Importantly, the majority of breast pain is totally normal and not associate with cancer or infection
  • Some amount of breast tenderness is normal. The discomfort may be caused by
    • ┬áHormone changes from:
      • Menopause (unless a woman is taking hormone replacement therapy)
      • Menstruation and premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
      • Pregnancy — breast tenderness tends to be more common during the first trimester and in women who become pregnant at a young age
      • Puberty (both girls and boys)
    • Breast pain associated with breast feeding
      • Soon after having a baby, a woman’s breasts may become swollen with milk. This can be very painful.
      • Breastfeeding itself may also cause breast pain
    • Medications:
      • Anadrol
      • Chlorpromazine
      • Diuretics
      • Digitalis preparations
      • Methyldopa (Aldomet)
      • Spironolactone (Aldactone).
    • Relieving breast pain
      • Use heat or ice on the breast
      • Wear a well-fitting bra that supports your breasts
      • Medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen
      • Vitamin E, thiamine, magnesium, and evening primrose oil, and reducing fat, caffeine, or chocolate in ones diet may provide pain relief in some patients.
      • Talk to your doctor or nurse before starting any medicine or supplement.
    • Call your health care provider if you have:
      • Bloody or clear discharge from your nipple
      • Given birth within the last week and your breasts are swollen or hard
      • Noticed a new lump with the pain that does not go away after your menstrual period
      • Persistent, unexplained breast pain
      • Signs of a breast infection, including local redness, pus, or fever