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I am experiencing breast pain

By Anonymous December 6, 2014 - 11:02pm
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mainly on my right lower breast and both nipples. Sensitive to touch, feel bruised.

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post! 

Mastalgia is breast pain. There are two types of mastalgia, cyclical and noncyclic. Cyclical breast pain is most often associated with menstrual periods. Noncyclic pain does not vary with the menstrual cycle.

Mastalgia can be caused by:

  • Hormonal changes associated with the menstrual cycle
  • Trauma to the breast
  • Arthritisin the chest cavity and neck

These factors increase your chance of developing mastalgia. Tell your doctor if you have any of these risk factors:

  • Relatively high hormone levels (estrogen and progesterone) of the second half of the menstrual cycle
  • History of arthritis
  • Irritation of cervical (neck) nerve roots

Anon, I think this is likely due to where you are in your menstrual cycle or how your hormone levels are right now. 

But if the pain does not stop, talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include:

Ruling Out Cancer

Worry of cancer can be the main concern associated with mastalgia. Performing a mammogram to rule out cancer as a cause can provide reassurance.


Topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) may reduce the pain associated with mastalgia. Also, toremifene(Fareston), which is used in the hormonal treatment of breast cancer, may help reduce cyclical mastalgia.

I hope this information helps you, Anon



December 7, 2014 - 9:07am
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