March 5, 2008

Causes & Conditions of Breast Pain (Mastalgia)

Posted in Category : Women's Health

Many women experience breast pain (mastalgia) from time to time. In some cases the pain may develop just before a menstrual period. The pain in most cases is often wild. Some women may experience severe pain that may affect their daily activities. Treatments for such condition include topical inflammatory drugs and painkillers.

Breast pain is classified as either Non cyclical breast pain, which is not related to menstrual periods or cyclical pain which is related to periods.

Cyclical breast pain (mastalgia) is a common breast pain and can occur after menstrual period start. It occurs in the ages between 30 and 50. After the periods have stopped women do not feel cyclical pain

Causes of Cyclical Breast Pain (mastalgia):

It is believed that women who have breast tissues that are more sensitive to hormone changes which occur every month is the main cause of cyclical breast pain.

If symptoms of cyclical breast pain (mastalgia) are mild then treatment is not required. If breast pain is severe then regular intake of painkillers can reduce the pain remarkably.
A tight and well-supporting bra helps to relieve pain. Wearing such a bra for the whole day is very helpful.

Use of topical anti inflammatory drugs can also help to lessen your pain. Non steroidal drugs such as topical ibuprofen or topical diclofenac are frequently prescribed by doctors. Topical NSAIDS have also been effective in lessening the pain. Patients who used these inflammatory drugs did not have any side effects. You should also reduce your intake of caffeine. All these measures will definitely help you a lot.

Non Cyclic breast pain has various causes. If the person has some bony or muscular problems of chest wall then it may cause chest pain. Breast infection is another cause of breast pain. Treatment for non cyclic breast pain includes intake of certain vitamin supplements as well. Ibuprofen is frequently used to ease this type of breast pain (mastalgia).