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What causes mastalgia?

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What causes mastalgia?

One cause of noncyclic breast pain is trauma, or a blow to the breast. Other causes can include arthritic pain in the chest cavity and in the neck, which radiates down to the breast.

Is mastalgia serious?

For most women, mastalgia is mild-to-moderate rather than severe and often gets better on its own without treatment.

What is bilateral breast soreness?

Diffuse, bilateral breast pain is usually caused by hormonal changes or large, pendulous breasts and causes no abnormal physical findings.

What does mastalgia pain feel like?

Breast pain (mastalgia) can be described as tenderness, throbbing, sharp, stabbing, burning pain or tightness in the breast tissue. The pain may be constant or it may occur only occasionally, and it can occur in men, women and transgender people.

How long can mastalgia last?

Often, cyclical mastalgia will settle over the course of a few months, returning to “normal” pre-menstrual breast discomfort without any specific treatment. Studies have shown that cyclical breast pain goes away within three months of onset in about 3 in 10 cases.

What is bilateral Mastodynia?

Introduction. Mastodynia is the medical term describing the common symptom of breast pain, also labeled as mastalgia. This symptom can occur in both men and women, but it presents more often in women, with the severity of the pain varying from mild and self-limited to severe pain.

Can mastalgia last for months?

Often, cyclical mastalgia will settle over the course of a few months, returning to “normal” pre-menstrual breast discomfort without any specific treatment.

Can mastalgia cause arm pain?

Cyclical mastalgia You may experience a burning, prickling, stabbing or drawing-in pain. It can affect either one or both breasts and can spread to the armpit, down the arm, including the elbow and to the shoulder blade.

Does perimenopause make your breasts bigger?

During perimenopause, the hormonal fluctuations are more dramatic. It is also common for breasts to get bigger or smaller or to change in shape during this period.

How does noncyclic breast pain differ from mastalgia?

Noncyclic breast pain is fairly uncommon, feels different than cyclical mastalgia, and does not vary with the menstrual cycle. Generally, the pain is present all the time and is in only 1 specific location. One cause of noncyclic breast pain is trauma, or a blow to the breast.

When does mastalgia start and when does it end?

Cyclic breast pain: Cyclic mastalgia affects women in their 20s, 30s, or 40s, while they are still menstruating. This pain occurs toward the end of the menstrual cycle in the week or so before you get your period. The breasts are often painful, tender, and swollen at this time, but symptoms improve at other points in the cycle.

What to do for breast pain with mastalgia?

Mastalgia (Breast Pain) Reduce fat in the diet to less than 15 percent of total calories (this may require the help of a nutritionist). Wear a comfortable, supportive sports bra. Use a topical pain-relieving gel (nonsteroidal analgesic) such as diclofenac (brand name: Voltaren).

What is the role of hormones in mastalgia?

Researchers continue to study the role that hormones play in cyclical mastalgia. One study has suggested that some women with this condition have less progesterone than they do estrogen in the second half of the menstrual cycle. Other studies have found that an abnormality in the hormone prolactin may affect breast pain.