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What causes swollen tender breasts?

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Posted on Tue, 5 May 2015
Question: Hi , I'm 40 years old and not pregnant. I have for the last three months , my breasts are fuller, swollen and hurt so much. They will feel like this for two -3 weeks and won't be as tender for a week, but they hurt badly.
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Answered by Dr. Ramadevi Wani (59 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Your symptoms are probably due to premenstrual syndrome.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome to Healthcare Magic.
I am Dr Ramadevi Wani. I will be answering your concerns today.
There are several reasons for breast pain and tenderness.
From your notes, it appears that your breast pain is most likely due to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). I am saying this considering your age and because the pain you have is cyclical. Does this pain decrease with the beginning of your periods? If so then it all the more supports the diagnosis of PMS. The exact cause of PMS is not known. But changing hormone levels during a woman’s menstrual cycle can cause this. Severe form of PMS can also cause depression and mood swings. Since when are you taking the antidepressants?

The second reason for tender painful breast in your case could be fibrocystic breasts. Now reading this new phrase don’t start thinking of cancer. This is not a disease also. Some women normally have lumpy (small nodules) gland tissue which is called as fibrocystic breast. This can cause pain and tenderness.

The first thought you might have had with this breast pain could be breast cancer. Please note that breast pain is NOT a common symptom of breast cancer. Have you palpated your breasts? Did you feel any lump? Is there any family history of breast /ovarian/colon cancer? If your answer is yes then I would be worried about breast cancer. To put your mind at ease I advise you to have your breasts examined by surgeon/Gynecologist/GP. I am confident that the breast examination will be normal.

Try doing these simple things:
-Wear well supported sports bra even while sleeping.
-Cut down on alcohol, caffeine and fats in your diet
-Use heating pad or warm water bottle
-Take vitamin E capsules
-If you are doing heavy weight lifting exercises, stop doing it. Moderate exercise is good for you.
-Try doing yoga to relax your mind and body.
-Take pain killers like Ibuprofen 400mg twice daily after food and see.
- Discuss with your doctor about using Evening Primrose oil.

I hope this helps.
If you have any further queries, do write to me. i will be happy to answer.

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What causes swollen tender breasts?

Brief Answer: Your symptoms are probably due to premenstrual syndrome. Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome to Healthcare Magic. I am Dr Ramadevi Wani. I will be answering your concerns today. There are several reasons for breast pain and tenderness. From your notes, it appears that your breast pain is most likely due to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). I am saying this considering your age and because the pain you have is cyclical. Does this pain decrease with the beginning of your periods? If so then it all the more supports the diagnosis of PMS. The exact cause of PMS is not known. But changing hormone levels during a woman’s menstrual cycle can cause this. Severe form of PMS can also cause depression and mood swings. Since when are you taking the antidepressants? The second reason for tender painful breast in your case could be fibrocystic breasts. Now reading this new phrase don’t start thinking of cancer. This is not a disease also. Some women normally have lumpy (small nodules) gland tissue which is called as fibrocystic breast. This can cause pain and tenderness. The first thought you might have had with this breast pain could be breast cancer. Please note that breast pain is NOT a common symptom of breast cancer. Have you palpated your breasts? Did you feel any lump? Is there any family history of breast /ovarian/colon cancer? If your answer is yes then I would be worried about breast cancer. To put your mind at ease I advise you to have your breasts examined by surgeon/Gynecologist/GP. I am confident that the breast examination will be normal. Try doing these simple things: -Wear well supported sports bra even while sleeping. -Cut down on alcohol, caffeine and fats in your diet -Use heating pad or warm water bottle -Take vitamin E capsules -If you are doing heavy weight lifting exercises, stop doing it. Moderate exercise is good for you. -Try doing yoga to relax your mind and body. -Take pain killers like Ibuprofen 400mg twice daily after food and see. - Discuss with your doctor about using Evening Primrose oil. I hope this helps. If you have any further queries, do write to me. i will be happy to answer.