Mastalgia: Breast Pain Causes, Symptoms And Home Remedies For Pain Relief
What is breast pain?
Breast pain, also called Mastalgia, is one of the most common reasons for visits to the gynecologist, especially in
young women. There are two basic types of breast pain:
The cyclical breast pain: appears a few days before menstruation and usually bilateral, ie affecting both
Breast pain unrelated to menstrual cycle: usually affects only one breast and even a very delimited from it.
Cyclical breast pain:
Breast pain that occurs before the period, also called premenstrual breast tenderness is very common, in fact,
affects more or less half of women of childbearing age.
It is characterized appears between 5 and 7 days before menstruation and with it the pain diminishes or disappears.
Breast pain from this cause is repeated cyclically with each menstrual period. It is a pain of varying intensity,
which can range from mild discomfort or feeling of "tension" severe pain. It usually affects both breasts, although
it may be more intense in one than in another, often hurt more superior and external areas of the breasts, even to
the underarm area.
Sometimes the pain is accompanied by pain in the lower abdomen, headache, feeling of increased volume and even body
weight gain due to fluid retention and changes in the character of women, such as irritability, nervousness, crying
easily, etc. This whole set of symptoms called premenstrual tension syndrome.
This type of breast pain is not due to any injury or disease of the breast but seems to be related to the changes
that occur in the breast by the action of the female sex hormones (estrogen and progesterone).
Normally, to diagnose breast tension syndrome is usually sufficient that the gynecologist perform a physical
examination of the breasts. In this examination the gynecologist will encounter a mammary gland tense and
pressure-sensitive, especially in the premenstrual phase. Mammography is performed only if the woman's age or
physical examination findings so warrant.
Many women with this type of breast pain do not require any treatment because it is not a disease. However, there
are a number of measures that can help to alleviate or ameliorate this type of pain, such as:
Use bras without hoops.
During the breast tenderness, follow a diet low in salt and fat and eating no food or drinks such as coffee, tea,
cola drinks and chocolate.
Some doctors recommend the use of dietary supplementation with evening primrose oil or onagra.
If the pain is important you can resort to drug treatments, which must be prescribed by your gynecologist.
Non-cyclical breast pain:
This is breast pain that is not related to the menstrual cycle and can be continuous or appear intermittently and
randomly throughout the cycle.
There are many benign processes that can cause breast pain:
A big breasts can, by its own weight, causing pain, sometimes radiating to the shoulders and back.
Fibrocystic call is the most common benign condition of the breast and is a series of changes that occur in benign
breast tissue. It is accompanied by pain and induration or nodules in the breast examination.
The call fibroadenoma is the most common benign tumor of the breast. Although by itself does not cause pain, it can
be accompanied by changes in previous fibrocystic disease.
Trauma to the breast can also cause pain.
Mastitis or breast inflammation causes pain, redness and warmth in the affected breast.
Breast cancer requires special consideration. Only between 10% and 30% of all breast cancers are manifested by
pain, which is often mild.
Finally, do not forget that other parts of the body that are near the breasts can cause pain and this can be
confused with breast pain. The pain of the muscles of the chest or ribs or even cervical or dorsal spine may be
reflected in the breasts. In these cases, it is advisable to seek medical advice.
Home Remedies for breast pain (Mastalgia)
You can do many things to relieve pain in the breasts. Of course the first thing would be to avoid those causes
which we have mentioned before in our power to control, such as using proper fasteners, improving diet by
eliminating dairy products and too fatty and including more fruits and vegetables, avoiding caffeine you know that
is present in coffee, tea, chocolate and many soft drinks, remove the salt and control our weight. Rarely necessary
to take medication to relieve the breast pain, but if you hurt a lot you can take a common painkiller. Other advice
that can help is to consume vitamin supplements that include vitamin B6, B1 and E.
And finally a simple but effective home remedy for breast pain who were already using our
grandmothers, the use of compresses soaked in lemon juice, vinegar or coffee directly on the breasts.
I hope all this information will be useful to cope with discomfort in the breasts, breast tenderness and similar
conditions that unfortunately we occasionally torture. If the pain is very intense and unusual, every woman knows
her body better than anyone, I recommend that you go to a specialist for better diagnosis and treatment that could
include hormones or hormone blockers extra as applicable.
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