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What is the cause of breast pain?

Hi - I was in a car accident 2 weeks ago, had X-rays done and came back fine. Since then, my bruises and laceration on my chin and right rib cage and arm are slowly healing (still visible) , however the sharp pain on my right breast is so painful every time I take deep breaths and lay on my chest. Even when I sit up or move around and try and raise my left arm; the pain starts to react. The impact was all towards the left side of my body and none on my right. Could this be due to inflammation and bruising (internal on my breast), or what could it possibly be and how can I treat it!? Please help, thank you!
Mon, 17 Jun 2019
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Most causes of pain in the breast are benign and not serious. There are a number of harmless causes for breast pain and tenderness that may primarily be related to changes in hormone levels.

These can include Menstruation and premenstrual syndrome (PMS), Mastitis, Menopause and Fibrocystic Breast Tissue which is most common.

Fibrocystic breasts are not necessarily linked to cancer, and the lumps are fluid-filled cysts rather than a mass of cells.

However, it is advisable to do breast ultrasound and mammography just to be sure and start regular follow up of possible cysts.

In case of redness, fever, and progressive pain this may indicate abscess and then it should be surgically drained or evacuated by needle under control of ultrasound.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Ivan R. Rommstein, General Surgeon
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