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Breast pain (mastalgia)



Thought this was interesting to share: 

I have had lots of cysts and lumps from the age of 13.

Breast pain (mastalgia) can occur in anyone with breast tissue -- including men! Women may start experiencing breast pain at puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and even during menopause. Whether you have pain in both breasts or in one breast, there's no need to panic -- breast cancer seldom causes breast pain. Hormonal changes, weight gain, or benign anatomical changes within the breast may cause pain. Learn what type of pain you have and then use the right treatment to get relief.

Focus on the Details of Your Breast Pain

Painful BreastArt © Sebastian Kaulitzki, Fotolia
Before you can get relief for your breast pain, take some time to figure out what may be causing it -- then match the treatment to the cause. Breast pain can be sorted into two major types: cyclical and non-cyclical. Cyclical breast pain fluctuates with your hormones, and is the most common type of breast pain. Non-cyclical breast pain is related to internal anatomical changes, such as injury, surgery, infections or growth of large cysts. Last of all, there is pain that occurs just below your breast in bones, muscles, or nerves. Pain beneath your breast can be just as worrisome as pain within your breast, so please know that all these pains can be properly diagnosed and treated.

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