Sometimes noncyclic pain can be caused by a fibroadenoma, which is a firm, easily moveable, non-cancerous lump in the breast.
A breast biopsy is sometimes used to tell the difference between a fibroadenoma and breast cancer.3
What can you do about breast pain?
- Try to reduce your stress.
- Reduce your caffeine intake.
- Take over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen or NSAIDs.
- Wear a supportive bra during the day and perhaps wear it at night to sleep.
- Try hot or cold compresses.
- Reduce the salt in your diet.
It is important to see your doctor if you notice any of the changes listed below, or if you see no improvement from the above-mentioned comfort measures:1
- One or both breasts have changed in size or shape
- If you notice discharge or any changes in your nipple
- If you notice dimpling on the skin, areas of thickening or a new lump in your breast.
- You feel a lump or swelling in one of your armpits
1) What is breast pain? What is mastalgia? Medical News Today.com. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2015.
2) Breast Pain. Sutter Health CPMC.org. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2015.
3) Breast Pain (Mastalgia) - Topic Overview. WebMD.com. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2015.
4) Breast Pain. National Breast Cancer.org. Retrieved Jan. 4, 2015.
Michele is an R.N. freelance writer with a special interest in woman’s healthcare and quality of care issues.
Edited by Jody Smith