You don’t get to sleep well at night. Why? Because you’re stressed out, you have hot flashes and night sweats. But you don’t care about that. The worst part of your night is the tightness you feel in your breast, like it’s about to fall off any minute now.
Mastalgia (the medical term for breast pain) is not a common topic, even for doctors. But most women who experience breast pain not only feel the aches, but psychologically, they are scared as well. No woman wants to even think of illness, and yet when you feel an overwhelming soreness in your breast, you immediately think breast cancer. Studies have shown that rare is the menopausal woman that will experience breast pain. So this is solely a premenopause and perimenopause symptom.
Guess what the most common cause of breast pain is for perimenopausal women? You guessed it: female hormone imbalance. When you feel some tenderness, it is an indication that you have excess estrogen – just like what happens to you before/during/after your menstrual cycle.
There are other factors that may contribute to breast pain, but these are less common causes: Stress, too much alcohol in your system, breast size, prior breast surgery, cysts, hormone replacement therapy (HRT), the use of birth control pills, antidepressants, and cholesterol and heart drugs.
What do you do if you can’t take the pain and if you’re worried? Well, it’s best that you tell your doctor about it. Ask him to run some tests just to rule out any form of sickness, like cancer. If you are over 35, schedule a mammogram. Have it when your breasts are least tender.
If you are under 35 or you’ve already had a mammogram, ask for an ultrasound as this may reveal cysts. Usually, knowing just what you have – whether it be benign lumps or a cyst but with normal tissues – is a relief and takes away some of the stress you’ve been feeling.
So once you rule out any debilitating disease for the pain, then how would you manage breast pain? You can ask your doctor for medicine to alleviate the pain. But nowadays, some doctors encourage the use of alternative medicine.
Try to take some time off from your daily chores as well. Try to cut back on coffee, as it works for some women. Check your salt intake too, and eat dark green leafy vegetables for fiber intake and detoxification. Try to wear a supporting bra while exercising (yes, you need to exercise) and sleeping. Take multivitamins, and reduce alcohol and caffeine intake.
Remember: Breast pain is rarely a sign of breast cancer. So if you’re smarting, just relax. Your body is just alerting and preparing you for the changes that lie in wait.
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