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I've had reoccurring breast cysts monthly for the last two years. Will they ever stop?

By Anonymous August 23, 2012 - 8:09pm
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I feel good for about 3 weeks out of each month then down for a week. I've had mamogramms, aspirations, surcial removal, and they still com back like clockwork! I'm 45 now and they started at 43. The cysts are starting to take a toll on my entire life. The horrible smell when the burst. I've had so many there is a noticiable difference in my breast size now. The cyst only come on my right breast I don't know why I'm left handed. I am so very self concious of it that it is really dictating my life help!!!!

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Hi Anonymous, First thing is it sounds like you have fibrocystic breasts. Having fibrocystic breasts can keep causing breast cysts. Another cause is to much caffeine is the cause of breast cysts. If you try to lessen your dietary intake of caffeine is helpful. The oher reason can also be your hormones are imbalanced and taking hormone balancing supplements are helpful. If your doctor has done several types of imaging tests the main best testing would be breast MRI. This imaging can show everything and see what's going on. I hope these help. Keep us posted how you're doing.


August 24, 2012 - 7:31pm
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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  Breast cysts develop when an overgrowth of glands and connective tissue (fibrocystic changes) block milk ducts, causing them to dilate and fill with fluid.

Microcysts are too small to feel but may be seen during imaging tests, such as mammography or ultrasound.

Macrocysts are large enough to be felt and can grow to about 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 centimeters) in diameter. Large breast cysts can put pressure on nearby breast tissue, causing breast pain or discomfort.

The cause of breast cysts remains unknown. Some evidence suggests that excess estrogen in your body may play a role in breast cyst development.

It's important to continue monitoring your cysts.  

Here are some resources for you

Breast Cysts



August 24, 2012 - 5:54am
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