Many women experience breast pain or sensitivity to touching. The condition is called mastalgia. The condition is recurrent and can accompany the monthly menstruation or might occur without any particular model.
Types and causes of breast pain
– Cyclic pain is the most common type of breast pain. This may be due to the normal monthly hormonal changes. Cyclic pain usually occurs in both breasts and is a type of pain that radiates up to the arm or axilla.
The pain is usually most severe before a menstrual period and improves when menstruation ends. Cyclic breast pain is more common in young women. Most of the pain is relieved without treatment or disappears completely at menopause.
Following increased levels of estrogen and progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle, the breasts swell and become more sensitive to touch. Then, during menstruation, the uterus removes the lining which covers it, and the fluid that causes breast swelling reabsorbs itself.
– Non-cyclical breast pain is often seen in women aged 30-50. It might be present in one breast. This is described as a sharp pain and a burning sensation in the breast. Occasionally, noncyclic pain can be caused by cysts or fibroadenoma. If the breast pain is diagnosed non-cyclical, treating the cause will lead to its disappearance.
Non-cyclical breast pain will worsen during hormonal changes when you follow certain medical treatments (such as those containing varying amounts of hormones) and when levels of stress are increased. Women who are at menopause are more likely to suffer from breast pain.
Other causes of breast pain
1. breast pain is a not common symptom of breast cancer, but in some cases it can be triggered by nodules characteristics of breast cancer.
2. fibrocystic breast disease or benign mammary tumors in both breasts can cause mastalgia, irregular or dense breast test, breast fullness, swelling of the breasts and nipple discharge. The cause of this condition is unclear, but it is now considered to be linked to the hormonal changes during menstruation.
3. breast infection can cause called mastalgia. The infection’s manifestations include nodules in the breasts, their size, itching, nipple discharge, breast tenderness, sensitivity to touch, etc. Breast infection is the leading cause of bacterial infiltration in the fat tissues of the breast. The situation is especially common in lactating women.
4. breast pain may be aggravated by caffeine containing methylxanthines, which causes dilation of blood vessels, breast distension and pain.
5. Diets high in salt can lead to fluid retention and can put pressure on the breast tissue, triggering breast discomfort.
6. consumption of fat foods (especially animal fat) contribute to the onset of breast pain. The cause might be the hormones present in the eaten meat and how our body breaks down animal fat.