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Stop worrying about breast pain
    2014-10-10  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    BREAST pain can be scary. Your mind immediately thinks cancer, but in all likelihood, cancer is not the cause. “The important thing for patients to realize is that while it can be a sign [of cancer], it is very rare,” said Dr. Michael Cowher, a breast surgeon with Cleveland Clinic in the United States. Breast cancer rarely produces painful symptoms, and the best way to detect it is still with your fingers. Breast pain is often related to hormonal changes, but there are other causes. Here are some to consider.

    Premenstrual pain

    Women often feel heaviness in their breasts right before their period — even to the point of experiencing pain while walking up stairs. This is because the surge in the hormones estrogen and progesterone causes the breast’s milk glands and ducts to enlarge and the breasts to retain water. This type of pain usually resolves during or shortly after the menstrual cycle, when hormones have returned to their normal levels.

    Costochondritis

    This is an arthritic pain in the middle of the chest, between the ribs and breastbone, and it is caused by poor posture or aging. Women describe it as a burning sensation in the breast. The symptoms may mimic those of a heart attack or other heart condition. If swelling is involved, it might be a condition called Tietze Syndrome. Applying heat or ice or taking ibuprofen can usually treat this type of pain.

    Fibrocystic breast condition

    Formerly referred to as a disease, fibrocystic breast condition is now recognized as a natural change that women’s breasts undergo. More than 50 percent of women experience it at some point. The condition is characterized by breast tissue that feels lumpy or ropelike, and it causes pain and tenderness in the upper and outer areas of the breasts, usually right before your period.

    Too much caffeine

    Your regular cup of coffee may be the cause of your breast pain. Cowher says that caffeine intake is one of the first things he asks about — and for an estimated 25 percent of women, reducing or eliminating caffeine resolves breast pain. A Duke University study showed that 61 percent of women with breast pain who cut out caffeine had reduced pain. Caffeine causes blood vessels to dilate, which can cause the breasts to swell and feel painful.

    An old bra

    “I see plenty of postmenopausal women who may not have purchased a bra in several years, and that’s why they are getting pain,” Cowher said.

    “Both the elastic in the bra and in the body wear out as you age. Sometimes you have to adjust elastic in the bra to adjust for the elastic in the body.” Typically, weight gain or loss will cause those changes to occur.

    An infection

    Mastitis is a typical infection in which bacteria get into the breasts and cause pockets of pus to form. Those need to be drained, since antibiotics cannot penetrate the pus.

    Breast abscesses can also form, typically during breastfeeding. Cowher said that if an infection is accompanied by a red swelling in the breast, fever, or chills, women should consult their physician.

    (SD-Agencies)

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