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Breast Pain Causes & Risks

Causes

Mastalgia can be caused by:

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

Risk Factors

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

Cervical Nerve Roots

Cervical nerves
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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